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Business Analysis Overview

Course Overview
Business Analysis Overview describes the role of the Business Analyst and examines many of the most common Business Analysis practices. Topics include the nature of business analysis and the role of the BA; techniques used to define a proposed solution; stakeholder identification; and project requirements development, validation, management and communication. The class includes hands-on exercises to reinforce learning. Although the focus is largely on waterfall style projects, the BA role in both waterfall and agile projects is discussed. Topics include:
  • The value of Business Analysis
  • Roles of the Business Analyst
  • BA competencies
  • Stakeholder identification and analysis
  • Enterprise analysis
  • Types of requirements
  • Planning for the requirements engagement
  • Requirements Elicitation
  • Analyzing and documenting requirements
  • Verifying and Validating Requirements
  • Requirements management
  • Solution validation
  • Post-Project Value Assessment
Who should attend
This course is of particular value to those new to business analysis, project managers and other project staff with direct or indirect responsibility for requirements definition and analysis; Project Management Office staff; and managers of business analysts.

This course assumes that participants have participated in some projects.

Course Outline

Section 1: Introduction to Business Analysis
  • Nature of Business Analysis
  • Reasons organizations perform projects
  • Roles of the Business Analyst
  • Value of Business Analysis
  • Business Analysis supports project success
Section 2: The Business Analysis Professional
  • IIBA®: BABOK Guide®
  • PMI®: Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide
  • Certification programs
  • BA competencies
Section 3: Solution Definition
  • Enterprise Analysis
  • Defining business needs
  • Stakeholder identification and analysis
  • Problem identification
  • Root cause analysis
  • Vision and Scope Document
Section 4: Understanding Project Requirements
  • Definition of requirement
  • Four requirement types
  • Format of documented requirements
  • Business rules
  • Requirements Lifecycle
Section 5: Requirements Planning
  • Elements of planning
  • Benefits of planning
  • Business Analysis Plan
Section 6: Requirements Elicitation
  • Requirements elicitation
  • Elicitation techniques
  • Asking good questions
  • Choose the Best Elicitation Technique
Section 7: Analyzing Requirements
  • Requirements Analysis Activities
  • Requirements Analysis Models
  • Review Models with Stakeholders
  • Prioritizing requirements
Section 8: Documenting and Managing Requirements
  • Requirements Documentation Options
  • Requirements Quality Characteristics
  • Writing the Requirements Document
  • Consequences of Poor Requirements
  • Verifying and Validating Requirements
  • Requirements Approval
  • Managing changes in requirements
  • Using Requirements Traceability
Section 9: Additional BA Functions
  • Participation in Design and Testing
  • Assessing readiness for deployment
  • Post-Project Solution Assessment
Final Review and Q&A

Learning Approach
  • A highly qualified instructor will use interactive lecture format, hands-on exercises, team activities, group discussions, and other techniques to drive home essential concepts.
  • We will build on your prior experience in this topic, while providing you with a structure and vocabulary to use in all of your future projects.
  • If you have modest understanding of the Business Analyst role, you will find that the clarity of the material and direct presentation style of the instructor will make the subject matter easy to understand.
  • You will receive a Participant Guide which will help you follow the material, take notes and retain what you learned so that you can apply it on your job.
Why should I take this course?
  • If you are new to Business Analysis, the exercises in this course will give insights into essential concepts and techniques.
  • All participants take home a set of tools and techniques to help them deal with all aspects of Business Analysis.
  • Take this course and learn how to avoid many of the problems that Business Analysts most often encounter.
Use this courseware to teach your students! This course is available under license to qualified Training Providers. Courseware materials include:
  • Instructor slides
  • Instructor manual with timing guide
  • Printed participant guide
  • Train the Trainer instruction
  • Written for classroom or virtual delivery
For more information, see   CoursewareExpress or Contact Us
Every course and workshop in our Project Training program is fully customizable. We can deliver the training program you need onsite and at an attractive discount. Call us toll free in the US at 1.800.877.8129, or +1.919.495.7371 International.

All of our courses are fully compliant with the latest release of each relevant standards document such as the PMBOK® Guide, Standard for Portfolio Management, BABOK® Guide and others.
Course Information
Course ID: 4005
Duration: 1 day.
Class size: 6 - 24
· CBAP® certified instruction
· Comprehensive Participant Guide
· Business Analysis templates
· Certificate of Participation
· 7 CDUs / PDUs

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