Principles of Business Analysis

Course Description
This course provides participants the basic skills of Business Analysis and how it fits into the overall project life cycle and the business context. The success of a project relies on the success of having good requirements. Business Analysis does just that. It provides the project team with what they need to initiate the work on a project.

This course is designed to teach participants how to achieve good results when dealing with real-world problems.
Who Should Attend
Individuals working as business analysts and those involved in defining and managing requirements through the development life cycle

What You Will Learn
You will learn how to:

Define the solution scope
Work with the development team in the systems testing stage
Ensure the solution is usable in the business environment

Course Overview
Foundation Concepts

Defining the business analyst function
Role of the Business Analyst as change agent
Knowledge areas in the IIBA®’s A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK® Guide)
Business Analyst roles and responsibilities through the knowledge areas
Business Analyst roles and relationships through the project life cycle

Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring: Defining the Process

Business Analysis Planning – roles and responsibilities
Business Analysis Planning – processes and tools
Business Analysis Monitoring

Elicitation: Gathering Information

Overview of Elicitation
Requirements Elicitation techniques (targeted, group and physical)

Requirements Management and Communication: Ensuring Stakeholder Involvement

Requirements management
Requirements relationships
Requirements communication

Enterprise Analysis: Defining the Problem

Overview of Enterprise Analysis
Define the business need (feasibility study)
Business benefit analysis (value vs. costs)
Initial phase gate preparation (business case)

Requirements Analysis: Defining the Solution Model

Overview of requirements
The Anatomy of a Requirement
Requirements Analysis task description
Requirements Analysis techniques

Solution Assessment and Validation: Supporting the Balance of the Product Life Cycle

Design tasks
Testing tasks
Implementation and production tasks

Underlying Competencies

Analytical thinking and problem solving
Key communication and business skills
Software applications

A review of what was covered in class and how that applies to real-world projects.


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