Business Analysis Foundation – 1 day

Business Analysis

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.

Content Outline

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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