BA910 | Length: 1 day
This is a fast-paced, highly interactive primer that is designed for anyone who needs to understand and apply the basic principles of business analysis within a project-driven business environment. This includes:
- Individuals beginning a career in Business Analysis.
- Project Managers.
- Systems Analysts.
- Software Developers.
- Quality Analysts.
- Implementation Analysts.
- Business and Project Stakeholders.
- End Users.
None. Topics are covered at a high level and positioned to provide a broad perspective on the discipline. While there are no formal prerequisite courses, basic familiarity and experience working within a business and project environment will be beneficial.
Unit 1: The Context for Business Analysis
- The International Institute of Business Analysis® and the Project Management Institute® perspectives:
– The Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK®) from IIBA®.
– A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge® (PMBOK®) from PMI®.
– Business Analysis competencies and value proposition.
– Business Analysis professional certifications.
- Business Analysis Variants and Specializations:
– Business unit embedded versus project focused business analysis.
– Requirements Analyst, Process Analyst, IT Business Analyst / Business Systems Analyst.
– Sample Business Analyst Career Ladders – Enterprise Business Analyst, Business Architect.
- Requirements versus design specifications, constraints, and solutions.
- The nature and interdependencies among requirement types: Regulatory (external and business rule), business level, technical, process functional and solution non-functional requirements.
- The relationship between business functions and business processes.
Unit 2: The Practice of Business Analysis
- Establishing and maintaining value-based relationships with each member the project team.
- The role of the Business Analyst throughout the solution development life cycle:
– Ongoing, embedded value within business units.
– During project initiation, requirements capture, solution development, quality assurance, user acceptance testing, solution delivery and deployment, post project satisfaction level capture and assessment.
- Business Analysis practice within traditional Waterfall project management.
- Business Analysis practice within Iterative project management.
- Business Analysis practice within Agile project management.
Unit 3: Requirements Elicitation and Capture
- Business Process Optimization: Static/structure versus dynamic/behaviour focused process modeling.
- Comparative Analysis for Value: Interview variants, facilitated requirements workshops, requirements joint application design, surveys, checklists, and questionnaires.
- Staging elicitation for maximum throughput and ease of approval.
- The Business Requirements Document and its popular variants.
- Dealing with scope and requirements change.
Unit 4: Business Analysis Tools and Techniques
- Requirements Models and Frameworks: Comparative value and when to use them:
– User stories.
– Business and system context diagrams.
– Business and system use case diagrams and detail.
– Process workflow diagrams: ANSI flowcharts, UML activity diagrams, BPMN diagrams.
– Logical data models and data catalogues.
– Business Rule and Message catalogues.
– User interface requirement diagrams and concordance.
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