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.

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

Event Number: BA01

Available Languages: English (US)

Subjects: Technical

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

Course Detail:

1 - 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

2 - 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

3 - 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

4 - 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

5 - UNDERSTANDING REQUIREMENTS
Define the term requirement
Understand requirement types
Present the requirements process
Requirements vs. specifications and business rules
Exercise: Identify Requirements

6 - 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

7 - 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

8 - 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

9 - 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
10 - ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Helpful links for obtaining additional business analysis information
Actual course outline may vary depending on offering center. Contact your sales representative for more information.

Pre-Requisite Text:
No prerequisites are required for this course. This course is suitable for both novices and experienced people who need to have a clear and systematic approach to Business Analysis.

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