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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 three-day course provides the fundamental knowledge needed for doing business analysis activities on projects. 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, managing changes to requirements, communicating requirements and tracing scope back to requirements. Implementing the solution including organizational readiness, defect handling and benefits achievement will also be covered.

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 projects.

Course features

Upon completion of this course, participants 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 and prioritize project requirements
  • Validate the project solution
  • Confirm benefits achievement
Course outline

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 (PMI)® Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide®
  • Skills and Expertise Needed for the BA Role
  • IIBA® and PMI® BA Certifications
  • Types of Requirements

Needs Assessment

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

Business Analysis Planning

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

Requirements Elicitation

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

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

Requirements Analysis

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

Solution Evaluation and Validation

  • When and How to Validate the Solution
  • Organizational Readiness Assessment
  • Acceptance Criteria Evaluation
  • Solution Implementation and Defect Handling
  • Benefits Achievement Confirmation
Course information
Duration: 21 hours
Time: 8:30 AM - 5 PM Eastern*
Earn: 21 PDUs, 21 CDUs
Delivery Method: Traditional Classroom
Knowledge areas addressed

This course addresses all of the Knowledge Areas in the IIBA® A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) Version 3.0.

It addresses the following Knowledge Areas in the Project Management Institute (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