This boot camp-style course will help you to gain the foundational skills to perform the role of a business analyst (BA) in both waterfall and agile environments. You will learn how to plan business...
This boot camp-style course will help you to gain the foundational skills to perform the role of a business analyst (BA) in both waterfall and agile environments. You will learn how to plan business analysis activities; as well as the basics of eliciting, analyzing, modeling, and writing requirements. Learn how to verify and validate product requirements, gain approval, and manage the requirements through the life cycle of the project. Understand the BA role in the design, development, and testing phases of a project. Gain new perspectives through hands-on, interactive group activities led by subject matter experts. Enhance your experience through videos, discussions, and reflections. Get tools, templates, and samples to continue your learning and practice after class.
This course is aligned to the requirements management and business analysis principles outlined by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) and Project Management Institute (PMI).
Students pursuing a university-recognized and/or accredited certificate in Canada or continuing education units in the US must attend at least 90 percent of class time, participate in class exercises and section-knowledge checks, and score at least 70 percent on an end-of-class, multiple-choice assessment.
PMI is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.
Learn more about this topic. View the recorded webinar Business Analysis in 30 Minutes
Role and importance of the BA
Vocabulary standards and business analysis practices through the use of the IIBA A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK Guide)
Plan BA requirements activities
Elicit requirements from stakeholders, with an emphasis on interviews
Analyze stated requirements, with an overview of modeling techniques
Document requirements for different types of projects
Verify and validate requirements
Elements of requirements management and communication and the BA's role in them
Elements of solution verification and validation and possible BA roles
Waterfall, incremental, and agile lifecycles and how they change BA practices
Identify Business Analysis Concepts and Activities in Your Organization
Review a Vision and Scope Document
Plan Requirements Activities for a Project
Conduct an Interview
Choose Elicitation Techniques
Analyze a Location Model
Analyze a Workflow Model
Analyze a Use Case Model
Analyze a CRUD Matrix
Identify Models that Answer Key Questions
Review a Requirements Document
Determine the Impact of a Proposed Change to a Requirements Set
Write a Test Case Using a Use Case
Walk Through the Steps of Enterprise Analysis for a Project
Develop a Personal Action Plan to Improve Your BA Skills or Environment
Who Can Benefit
Systems, business, and requirements analysts
IT project managers
Project managers who supervise business analysts and are responsible for business analysis activities, project analysts, project leaders, senior project managers, team leaders, program managers, testers, and QA specialists
1. Introduction to Business Analysis
What Is Business Analysis?
Role of the Business Analyst
Core BA Skills
2. Project Definition and Planning
Vision and Scope Document
Business Analysis Plan
3. Requirements Elicitation
What Is Elicitation?
Selecting the Right Elicitation Technique
4. Requirements Analysis
What Is a Model?
Types of Models
5. Requirements Documentation and Management
Requirements and Design Documentation
Obtaining Approval of Requirements
Reuse of Requirements
6. BA Involvement in Design and Development
Role of the BA in Design and Development
Requirements Implementation and Design Assessment
7. BA Involvement in Testing
Role of the BA in the Testing Phase
Acceptance Criteria in Agile
Solution Acceptance and Closeout
8. Recap and Self-Assessment
Review the Vision and Scope Document
Identify Stakeholders and Other Sources of Requirements
Plan Business Analysis Activities
Conduct an Interview
Observe a Requirements Workshop
Choose the Best Elicitation Technique
Create a Swimlane Diagram
Create a Use Case Diagram
Analyze a Location Model
Identify Missing Stakeholders Using an Organization Model
Classes begin promptly at 9:00 am, and typically end at 5:00 pm.
Does the course schedule include a Lunchbreak?
Lunch is normally an hour long and begins at noon. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and juice are available all day in the kitchen. Fruit, muffins and bagels are served each morning. There are numerous restaurants near each of our centers, and some popular ones are indicated on the Area Map in the Student Welcome Handbooks - these can be picked up in the lobby or requested from one of our ExitCertified staff.
How can someone reach me during class?
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What languages are used to deliver training?
Most courses are conducted in English, unless otherwise specified. Some courses will have the word "FRENCH" marked in red beside the scheduled date(s) indicating the language of instruction.
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As a vendor-authorized training partner, we offer a curriculum that our partners have vetted. We use the same course materials and facilitate the same labs as our vendor-delivered training. These courses are considered the gold standard and, as such, are priced accordingly.
Is the training too basic, or will you go deep into technology?
It depends on your requirements, your role in your company, and your depth of knowledge. The good news about many of our learning paths, you can start from the fundamentals to highly specialized training.
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We continuously work with our vendors to evaluate and refresh course material to reflect the latest training courses and best practices.
Are your instructors seasoned trainers who have deep knowledge of the training topic?
ExitCertified instructors have an average of 27 years of practical IT experience. They have also served as consultants for an average of 15 years. To stay up to date, instructors will at least spend 25 percent of their time learning new emerging technologies and courses.
Do you provide hands-on training and exercises in an actual lab environment?
Lab access is dependent on the vendor and the type of training you sign up for. However, many of our top vendors will provide lab access to students to test and practice. The course description will specify lab access.
Will you customize the training for our company’s specific needs and goals?
We will work with you to identify training needs and areas of growth. We offer a variety of training methods, such as private group training, on-site of your choice, and virtually. We provide courses and certifications that are aligned with your business goals.
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You will get access to the PDF of course books and guides, but access to the recording and slides will depend on the vendor and type of training you receive.
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