Business analysis is a crucial discipline for organisational success, it enables organisations to rise to the challenges presented by today’s increasing pace of change. It is a broad field and has matured into a profession of its own, with its own unique career roadmap. This practical guide explores the business analyst role including typical responsibilities and necessary skills. It signposts useful tools; commonly used methodologies and techniques, and beneficial professional development activities. A visual career roadmap for business analysts is also included, along with case studies and interviews with practising business analysts, to enable aspiring and existing business analysts at all levels to successfully plan and advance their careers.