Business Analysis Introduction: Defining Successful Projects
Course 211 | 3 Days
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You Will Learn How To:
- Apply best practices of the business analysis discipline
- Conduct a business-needs analysis to elicit stakeholder requirements
- Apply techniques to identify issues and opportunities
- Create effective requirements and communication plans
- Manage solution assessment and validation
Workshop Activities Include:
- Analyzing and prioritizing business needs
- Applying elicitation techniques
- Deploying root cause analysis techniques
- Writing SMART business objectives
- Conducting stakeholder analysis
- Deploying the affinity diagramming technique
About This Course: You will gain the foundational knowledge needed to effectively perform key business analysis functions. You learn how to apply a core business analysis framework as well as participate in interactive workshops to improve your analytical competencies.
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Course 211 Content
Defining Business Analysis
Overview of the business analysis discipline
- Key roles and responsibilities
- Distinguishing between business analysis and other related disciplines
Introducing the business analysis framework
- The framework and A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide)
- Industry best practices from the International Institute of Business Analysis® (IIBA®)
Capturing Business Requirements through Elicitation
Gathering business needs at the organizational or department levels
- Performing needs-analysis
- Choosing the best elicitation technique
- Soliciting enterprise-level contextual analysis
Identifying the nine elicitation techniques
- Verifying the necessary steps to gather information
- Recording and confirming elicitation results
Conducting Enterprise Analysis
Analyzing the business landscape
- Categorizing and prioritizing business needs and issues using affinity diagrams
- Assessing business capabilities and gaps
Detecting problems and finding opportunities
- Exposing root causes of problems
- Finding opportunities for growth
- Identifying elements of the initial solution scope
- Developing action-oriented business initiatives to address business needs and opportunities
Measuring the feasibility of options
- 2x2 analysis grid
- Prioritization matrices
- Anticipating project benefits and costs
Documenting critical project parameters
- Building SMART project objectives
- Specifying critical project elements and deliverables
Planning and Monitoring the Business Analysis Process
Planning for requirements analysis
- Documenting assumptions, ground rules and templates
- Producing a requirements development plan to guide and manage the process
- Building the communication plan
Performing stakeholder analysis
- Identifying key stakeholders
- Analyzing the impact stakeholders have on a project
Developing a change management process
- Baselining your plan
- Following the defined change management process
- Managing the change control process
Managing and Communicating Requirements
- Verifying, prioritizing and organizing requirements
- Specifying the requirements document
- Identifying key relationships using traceability
Executing the communication plan
- Addressing common pitfalls typically encountered during requirements development
- Validating the requirements document with key stakeholders
- Managing stakeholder agreement and conflict
Assessing and Validating Solutions
- Optimizing business value
- Evaluating dependencies between requirements
Assessing organizational readiness
- Identifying organizational capability gaps
- Defining business and technical organizational impacts
Developing Business Analysis Competencies
- Going beyond the mechanics of analysis
- IIBA Business Analysis Competency framework
Who Should AttendAnyone interested in gaining a broad knowledge of the key tasks and techniques involved in business analysis or anyone who needs to effectively analyze business options and outcomes.
- Building an Effective Business Case - Course 212
- Introduction to Modeling for Business Analysis - Course 447
- Developing User Requirements: The Key to Project Success - Course 315
- IIBA CBAP and CCBA Certification Exam Prep - Course 913
- Introduction to Business Process Improvement (BPI) - Course 3505
- Agile Business Analysis - Course 3511
Standard class hours:
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Last day class hours:
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Free optional course exam:
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Each class day:
Informal discussion with instructor about your projects or areas of special interest:
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
More Course Info
What is this course about?
In this course, the role of the "business analyst" is defined as an intermediary managing the interests and needs of both the business/project management and IT communities. You learn a logical framework for conducting key business analysis activities throughout the various phases of the business analysis life cycle. This framework is based on A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide). This course provides not only best practices and theory but practical tools and techniques that can be applied immediately within your organization.
What background do I need?
This is an introductory course to business analysis and requires no specific prerequisite technical or business knowledge. However, a familiarity with project management and basic business administration is helpful.
Who will benefit from this course?
This course is valuable for anyone who needs to apply the knowledge and skills of the business analyst role within their organization. New or experienced business analysts, as well as others who regularly team with business analysts including functional managers, project managers, developers and testers, may benefit greatly.
What is business analysis?
By definition, business analysis is a set of tasks, knowledge and techniques required to identify business needs and determine solutions to business problems. In today's organizations, business analysts are often referred to as business systems analysts, systems analysts and other titles. No matter the title, the primary role of the business analyst remains the same: to examine the business needs and recommend an appropriate solution approach to meet those needs.
Although, technically, business analysis is distinct from financial analysis, project management, quality assurance, organizational development, testing, training and documentation development, it is entirely possible that within streamlined organizations the business analyst may perform some of these related functions as well. In any case, the business analyst often works closely with these other functional areas.
What industry standards are used in this course?
The International Institute of Business AnalysisTM (IIBA®) has defined an industry-wide standard of practices described in the BABOK® Guide.
Does this course cover business case development?
This course provides a broad overview of the tasks and techniques that a business analyst performs when creating a business case.
For exclusive coverage on developing a business case, you may want to consider Course 212, Building an Effective Business Case. Course 212 supplements the knowledge gained in Course 211 and enables you to apply the business analysis skills from Course 211 toward the construction of a business case.
What other templates and practical skills are offered in this course?
This course is designed to offer a broad cross-section of the business analysis discipline. The specific templates, tools and techniques offered in this course are immediately applicable to various aspects of business analysis.
These practical skills and templates include:
- An introduction to the tasks and techniques found in the BABOK® Guide
- Elicitation techniques including affinity diagraming, a brainstorming activity for gathering and prioritizing business needs, and planning a focus group session including creation of a discussion guide
- Stakeholder identification and analysis
- Workflow diagraming
- Writing "SMART" business objectives
- Understanding of the business analyst competency model
I am interested in learning modeling techniques. Will this course help?
This course presents an introduction to some foundation concepts of static and dynamic business modeling.
How much time is spent on each topic?
Content Hours The role of the business analyst, definitions and introducing the BABOK® Guide 2.0 BA planning and monitoring 2.5 Enterprise analysis 4.0 Elicitation 2.5 Requirements analysis 2.0 Requirements management and communication 2.0 Solution assessment and validation 1.0 Developing business analysis competencies 1.0
Times, including the workshops, are estimates; exact times may vary according to the needs of each class.
What kind of workshops does this course offer?
Approximately 60% of this course is spent on interactive workshops designed to reinforce the business analysis concepts taught and provide you with practical experiences that can be applied as soon as you return to work. These workshops include:
- Analyzing and prioritizing competing business needs using brainstorming technique called affinity diagraming
- Planning a focus group session
- Selecting the appropriate elicitation technique based on your stakeholder community
- Stakeholder analysis
- Writing SMART business objectives
- Developing requirements plan components
- Communicating the detailed requirements package to stakeholders
I'm attending this course from work using AnyWare, Learning Tree's Web-based remote attendance platform. How will that impact what I learn?
You will participate fully in the course and acquire the same knowledge and skills as your classmates who participate in the classroom. You will have the same course materials, be able to easily communicate back and forth and ask questions of your instructors and peers.
Will I learn to write detailed requirements?
The writing of a detailed requirements package is an in-depth process that this course does not cover in detail. This course focuses primarily on planning the detailed requirements development process, techniques used to gather requirements and understanding the analysis and management of requirements.
Those interested in learning to actually write well-formed user requirements should take Course 315, Developing User Requirements: The Key to Project Success. Those who wish to develop user and system requirements specifically in a software development environment should consider Course 218, User & System Requirements for Successful Software Development.
Is this course endorsed by the IIBA?
Yes. Learning Tree is an IIBA Endorsed Education ProviderTM (EEPTM). This course has been approved by IIBA as supporting the core concepts and knowledge outlined in the BABOK® Guide.
Completion of this course counts as 17 continuing development units (CDUs) that will assist you in qualifying for or maintaining certification.
Is this course applicable toward a Project Management Institute (PMI®) certification?
Yes. Though this course is not designed as preparation for an exam, it is beneficial to anyone working toward, or maintaining, a PMI certification. Completion of this course provides 17 professional development units (PDUs).
How does this course relate to other Learning Tree courses?
The following courses can help you expand you skills as a business analyst:
Many Learning Tree courses provide college credit and industry continuing education credits. You can also earn a Learning Tree Professional Certification in your area of expertise and prepare for popular industry certifications. See below for continuing professional development credits associated with this course.
This course qualifies for 1 semester hour of college credit as certified by the American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT). Read More... This course qualifies as a Core Course in our Job-Specific Professional Certification Program. Read More... This course is approved by IIBA for 17 continuing development units (CDUs). Read More... This course qualifies for 17 CPE credits from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy CPE program. Read More... This course is approved by PMI® for 17 professional development units (PDUs). For more on the Project Management Institute and a full list of courses approved for PDUs. Read More...
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