Introduction to Business Analysis


Course Number: BA-100

Duration: 2 days (13 hours)

Format: Live, hands-on

Business Analysis Training Overview

This Introduction to Business Analysis training course teaches students the benefits, functions, and impact a business analyst can within their organizations. Attendees learn the business analysis process, including pre-project activities and strategy analysis. In addition, attendees learn the characteristics of the business analyst role and the vocabulary needed to effectively communicate about business analysis activities and deliverables across the entire project team.

Location and Pricing

Accelebrate offers instructor-led enterprise training for groups of 3 or more online or at your site. Most Accelebrate classes can be flexibly scheduled for your group, including delivery in half-day segments across a week or set of weeks. To receive a customized proposal and price quote for private corporate training on-site or online, please contact us.

In addition, some Business Skills courses are available as live, online classes for individuals.

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 in business analysis
  • Recognize the pre and post-project business analysis activities
  • Learn how to plan, elicit, analyze, model, and test requirements

Prerequisites

No prior experience is presumed. This course is suitable for both novices and experienced practitioners who need to have a clear and systematic approach to business analysis.

Outline

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Introduction to Business Analysis
  • Business analysis defined
  • The activities that comprise business analysis
  • IIBA/PMI and the goals of a professional association
  • IBA’s BABOK® Guide and PMI’s Practice Guide in Business Analysis
The IIBA™ and the role of the Business Analyst
  • Business analyst defined
  • BA role vs. PM role
  • Importance of communication/collaboration
  • The deliverables produced as part of business analysis
  • The BA career path
Strategy Analysis and Change
  • The definition of Strategy Analysis
  • Components of Strategy Analysis
  • Identifying stakeholders and business needs
Understanding and Defining Solution Scope
  • Defining Solution Scope
  • Project scope vs. product scope
  • Defining a problem statement
  • Techniques for defining scope
Understanding Requirements
  • Define the term requirement
  • Understand requirement types
  • Present the requirements process
  • Requirements vs. specifications and business rules
Planning and Eliciting Requirements
  • The Requirements Work Plan (RWP)
  • Components of the RWP
  • Identifying good questions for elicitation
  • Active listening
  • Categories and types of elicitation techniques
Analyzing and Documenting Requirements
  • Understanding requirements analysis
  • The Business Requirements Document (BRD)
  • The BRD vs. the functional requirements specification
  • BRD components
  • The purpose of packaging requirements
Elicitation and Process Modeling
  • Why models are created
  • Objectives of modeling
  • What is process management?
  • Understanding process modeling
  • Modeling using BPMN
  • AS-IS vs. TO-BE modeling
  • BPMN subclasses
  • BPMN simple structure
  • Prototyping
  • Business Process Modeling case study
  • Create a Prototype of your application
Verifying and Validating Requirements
  • The difference between validation and verification
  • Characteristics of good requirements
  • Risks associated with requirements
  • Types of testing approaches
  • Creating a test plan
  • Requirements traceability matrix
  • Verified and validated requirements
Additional Resources
  • Helpful links for obtaining additional business analysis information
Conclusion

Training Materials:

All Business Analysis training students receive comprehensive courseware.

Software Requirements:

For in-person deliveries, attendees do not need computers for this course. We will provide full classroom setup instructions that will include seating in small groups, with supplies such as flipcharts, sticky notes, markers, and pens for the attendees and a projector and Internet connection for the instructor's laptop.

Online deliveries for this interactive training will use an online meeting platform (such as Zoom, WebEx, GoTo, or Teams) to have face-to-face contact online, including use of breakout rooms for group activities.



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