BA01 - Business Analysis Essentials

Course Overview

This is an introductory course designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of the benefits, functions and impact a business analyst has within an organization. The course discusses the business analysis process as it is applied throughout a project as well as the pre-project activities that comprise strategy analysis. Participants learn how a business analyst supports the project throughout the solution development life cycle, from defining business needs and solution scope to validating that requirements have been met in the testing phase and ensuring the solution continues to provide value after implementation. After completing this course, participants will fully understand the characteristics of the business analyst role and the components that comprise the profession of business analysis. Students will obtain a solid working vocabulary to enable effective communication about business analysis activities and deliverables across the project team.

Who Should Attend

Designed for individuals new to the business analyst role or those who supervise and/or work with business analysts.

Course Objectives

- Understand the role of the business analyst - Discuss industry standards/resources for obtaining more information about business analysis - Acquire a solid understanding of the various tasks/activities that comprises business analysis - Recognize the pre and post project business analysis activities - Learn how to plan, elicit, analyze, model, and test requirements

Course Outline

1 - Introduction

  • What is business analysis?
  • Good business analysis practices
  • Benefits of business analysis

2 - The Role of the Business Analyst

  • The business analysis process
  • BA role vs. project manager role
  • BA competencies
  • The BA career path

3 - Supporting the Project Portfolio

  • The project portfolio
  • Strategic enterprise analysis
  • Solution Development Life Cycle (SDLC)

4 - Developing the Solution Vision and Scope

  • Defining solution vision and scope
  • Conducting a outcomes workshop
  • Validating solution scope against the expected outcomes

5 - Understanding Requirements and Business Rules

  • Functional, non-functional and implementation requirements
  • Requirements vs. specifications
  • Requirements vs. business rules
  • Risk management and risk response strategies

6 - Planning and Eliciting Requirements

  • The Requirements Work Plan (RWP)
  • Components of the RWP
  • Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • Elicitation techniques
  • Preparing for change

7 - Analyzing and Documenting Requirements

  • Analyzing requirements
  • Characteristics of effective requirements
  • The Business Requirements Document (BRD)
  • The BRD vs. the technical specifications document
  • BRD validation techniques

8 - Modeling Requirements

  • Modeling using BPMN
  • AS-IS vs. TO-BE modeling
  • Models and the BRD

9 - Assessing and Validating Requirements

  • Validation and verification
  • Types of testing
  • Creating a master test plan
  • Test scenarios and test cases

10 - Additional Resources

  • Useful books and links on Business Analysis

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This is a 2-day class

Price: $1,395.00
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