Why do more than 50% of projects fail to meet their original objectives? Why do we continue to see the number of troubled and cancelled projects on the rise? 47% of failed projects fail to meet goals due to poor requirements management . With a strong correlation between poor requirements practices, failed projects, and wasted dollars; organizations can no longer afford to accept mediocre business analysis skills from those fulfilling the business analysis role.
This course provides students a clear understanding and total immersion into all of the facets of the business analyst role, including a thorough walkthrough of the various domain/knowledge areas that comprise the business analysis profession. Students are provided an opportunity to try their hand at several business analysis techniques for eliciting, analyzing, and modeling requirements. The business analysis work performed in strategy analysis and solution evaluation, which is most often the least familiar to business analysts, is thoroughly presented and explored. Students completing this course will be well equipped with new skills and knowledge that can be immediately applied on current and future projects.
This course intends to provide beginner and intermediate students a total immersion into the business analyst role by exposing attendees to the various aspects of the business analysis profession and numerous techniques to allow them to improve elicitation, analysis, and documentation of requirements.
Obtain a thorough understanding of the core responsibilities of the business analyst
Understand the main professional associations and standards supporting business analysts in the industry
Discuss and explore the components of each of the domains/knowledge areas that comprise the work of business analysis
Recognize the importance of properly defining the business need prior to engaging in requirements activities
Formulate a strong understanding of the concepts that comprise strategy analysis
Obtain knowledge of and experience with the important work of stakeholder analysis
Decipher between project and product scope and successfully use models to communicate scope
Thoroughly understand and identify the various requirements categories and be able to recognize requirements of various types
Develop interviewing skills and explore ways to plan and structure interviews
Examine different forms of requirements documentation
Explore elements of communication, conflict, and issue management
Obtain a solid understanding of the concepts and activities involved in solution evaluation
Obtain hands-on experience with a number of business analysis techniques for eliciting, analyzing, and modeling requirements
Throughout the course, students work together in small groups on a pre-determined project.
Each exercise allows students to apply their learnings throughout the course.
This course is compliant with IIBA’s Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK® Guide) version 3 standard of business analysis.
Defining primary, secondary actors and pre and post conditions
Best practices for writing use cases
Template: Use Case Specification
Drawing a Use Case Diagram
Write the Main Success Scenario
Section 12 (cont’d): Documenting Requirements
Scenarios and flows
Alternate and exception flows
Alternate scenario post conditions
Guidelines for Alternate flows
Examples of alternate and exception flows
Workshop: Writing Alternate and Exception Flows
Section 13: Documenting Requirements
How requirements relate to use cases
Writing Non-Functional requirements
User Interface Requirements
Data accessibility requirements
Business requirements document (BRD)
BRD vs the Functional Requirements
Purpose of the requirements package
BA Deliverables across knowledge areas/domains
Planning BA deliverables
Develop a User Interface
Section 14: Managing and Communicating Business Analysis Information
Business analysis communication
The business analyst’s role in communication
Forms of communication
7Cs of communication
Symptoms of information overload
Presentation and common elements
Conflict and issue management
Conflict resolution techniques
Section 15: Evaluating the Solution
Understanding solution evaluation
Verification vs. validation
Timing of solution evaluation
Planning solution evaluation
Performing solution evaluation
Using existing metrics
Evaluating long term performance
Qualitative vs. Quantitative measures
Tools and techniques used in solution evaluation
Comparing expected vs. actuals
When variances occur
Proposing recommendations to address variances
Communicating evaluation results
Section 16: Additional Information
Helpful links for obtaining additional business analysis information
Project managers and senior managers
Project stakeholders concerned with requirements management
Those who aspire to become project managers or business analysts
This course is intended for beginner to intermediate business analysts who are looking to improve their skills by learning best practices and techniques for eliciting, analyzing, documenting, validating, and communicating requirements.
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