BA01 - Business Analysis Essentials

Overview

This course is 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.

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

Audience

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

Syllabus

Introduction to Business Analysis

  • Business analysis defined
  • The activities that comprise business analysis
  • IIBA/PMI and the goals of a professional association
  • IIBA’s BABOK® Guide and PMI’s Practice Guide in Business Analysis
  • Exercise: Requirements challenges

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
  • Exercise: Review case Study

Strategy Analysis and Change

  • The definition of Strategy Analysis
  • Components of Strategy Analysis
  • Identifying stakeholders and business needs
  • Exercises: Business Need development and RACI Stakeholder Identification

Understanding and Defining Solution Scope

  • Defining Solution Scope
  • Project scope vs. product scope
  • Defining a problem statement
  • Techniques for defining scope
  • Exercises: Conduct a brainwriting session and create a context diagram
  • Optional exercise: Create a Use Case Diagram

Understanding Requirements

  • Define the term requirement
  • Understand requirement types
  • Present the requirements process
  • Requirements vs. specifications and business rules
  • Exercise: Identify Requirements

Planning & Eliciting Requirements

  • The Requirements Work Plan (RWP)
  • Components of the RWP
  • Identifying good questions for elicitation
  • Active listening
  • Categories and types of elicitation techniques
  • Exercise: Planning for elicitation

Analzying & Documenting Requirements

  • Understanding requirements analysis
  • The Business Requirements Document (BRD)
  • The BRD vs. the functional requirements specification
  • BRD components
  • The purpose of packaging requirements
  • Exercise: Analyzing Requirements

Elicitation & 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
  • Exercises: Modeling and create a Prototype of your application

Verifying & 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
  • Exercise: Testing Requirements

Additional Resources

  • Helpful links for obtaining additional business analysis information

Training provider

Teaching mode:
Classroom - Instructor Led
Online - Instructor Led
Duration: 2 days
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