3-Day Business Analysis Training
About course

Business analysis is the discipline of identifying business needs, determining solutions to business problems, and for a specific project eliciting, documenting and managing requirements. Proper application of business analysis on a project dramatically increases the chances of successfully completing the project and obtaining the project benefits. This 3-day course provides the fundamental knowledge needed for doing business analysis activities on projects, both Waterfall and Agile. The course will cover the types of project requirements and key business analysis processes. How to conduct a needs assessment and prepare a business case will be explained. Effective techniques for eliciting and analyzing requirements will be discussed. Course topics also include writing good requirements, managing changes to requirements (especially with Agile), communicating requirements and tracing scope back to requirements. Implementing the solution including organizational readiness, defect handling and benefits achievement will also be covered. This course will prepare you to immediately start implementing business analysis best practices on projects.

Who should attend

This course will benefit new business analysts, project managers, project team members, and functional managers interested in learning how to apply business analysis practices for managing project requirements on Waterfall and Agile projects.

Course features

After successful completion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Define the types of project requirements
  • Conduct a needs assessment
  • Prepare a basic plan for business analysis on a project
  • Elicit project requirements using various techniques
  • Write clear and unambiguous requirements
  • Prepare a requirements documentation package
  • Analyze & prioritize project requirements
  • Validate the project solution
  • Confirm benefits achievement
  • Understand the BA’s role on an Agile project
Course outline

Module 1: Business Analysis Fundamentals

  • What is Business Analysis?
  • Key Business Analysis Processes
  • International Institute of Business Analysis® A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide)
  • Project Management Institute® Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide®
  • Skills & Expertise Needed for the BA Role
  • IIBA® and PMI® BA Certifications
  • Types of Requirements

Module 2: Needs Assessment

  • Business Needs Identification
  • Required Capabilities Determination
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis & Business Case
  • Change Strategy Definition

Module 3: Business Analysis Planning

  • The Importance of Planning
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Business Analysis Planning Elements
  • Requirements Risk Management

Module 4: Requirements Elicitation

  • Key Steps for Elicitation Preparation
  • Elicitation Techniques (Interviews, Brainstorming, Survey, Group Events, Observation, Prototyping)
  • Elicitation Results Confirmation

Module 5: Requirements Management and Communication

  • Guidelines for Writing Good Requirements
  • Requirements Package Preparation
  • Traceability of Scope Back to Requirements
  • Requirements Baseline
  • Requirements Change Management
  • Communication of Requirements

Module 6: Requirements Analysis

  • Verification & Validation of Requirements
  • Organization & Prioritization of Requirements
  • Analysis Model Techniques (Scope, Process Flow, Data, Rules, Interface)
  • Use Cases
  • Solution Documentation

Module 7: Solution Evaluation & Validation

  • When & How to Validate the Solution
  • Organizational Readiness Assessment
  • Acceptance Criteria Evaluation
  • Solution Implementation & Defect Handling
  • Benefits Achievement Confirmation

Module 8: The Business Analyst’s Role in Agile

  • Agile Overview
  • Agile Roles and the BA
  • User Stories
  • Agile Myths
Course information
Duration: 21 hours
Earn: 21 PDUs, 21 CDUs
Delivery Method: Traditional Classroom
Knowledge areas addressed

This course addresses all the Knowledge Areas in the IIBA®'s A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide).

This course addresses the following knowledge areas from the PMI® A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide):

  • Project Integration Management
  • Project Scope Management
  • Project Schedule Management
  • Project Communications Management
  • Project Risk Management
  • Project Stakeholder Management