Business Analysis in Agile Projects (ICP-APO)

Course Details
Code: 2482
Tuition (USD): $1,495.00 • Virtual (3 days)
$1,495.00 • Classroom (2 days)

Traditional system-development methodologies are rapidly being replaced by more iterative or agile approaches. More and more organizations are realizing the benefits of faster product deployment at a lower cost, with less rework due to missed requirements. Effective business analysis is key to developing those requirements and keeping projects on track. This indispensable course explores the contributions of good requirements development in an Agile environment and equips business analysts with the critical thinking, analytical skills, and necessary people skills they need to add value to every Agile project.

Expand the skills of team members using Agile for Business Analysts

This practical workshop provides participants with an understanding of the changing role of the business analyst, the tools and techniques best suited to Agile, and the timing for performing key tasks and events. Explanatory, demonstrations, and practice exercises will provide you with the experience needed to create user stories that meet business needs.

Become an ICAgile Certified Professional in Business Value Analysis

The International Consortium for Agile has worked with experts around the world to develop an education roadmap of training and certification for all specialties involved in Agile development. This course has been approved and earns students the ICAgile Certified Professional in Business Value Analysis designation upon successful completion of the course.

Skills Gained

  • Evaluate a variety of Agile "flavors"
  • Review levels and types of requirements
  • Define the roles of Agile project team members
  • Practice defining personas
  • Work as a team to discover and write user stories
  • Review requirements elicitation and discovery methods
  • Understand story decomposition and modeling with simple graphical methods
  • Practice eliciting and validating information from project stakeholders
  • Assess the importance and priority of product features
  • Hone your problem identification, definition, and solving capabilities

Who Can Benefit

If you're involved at all with Agile projects or you want to learn more about how to incorporate Agile approaches into your projects, you simply must participate in this workshop.

This course is perfect for you if you are a:

  • Business customer, user or partner
  • Project Sponsor or Project Owner
  • Business Analyst
  • Business Systems Analyst
  • Systems Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • Systems Architect or Designer
  • Systems or Application Developer
  • QA Professional
  • Systems Tester
  • Leader of Systems projects or teams
  • Anyone wanting to enhance their Agile business analysis skills

Course Details

1. Agile Essentials

  • What is Agile?
  • The Agile Manifesto and Guiding Principles
  • A Variety of Agile Approaches
  • Hybridizing Agile
  • Which Agile is Right for You?
  • Business Analysis for Agile Projects

2. The Agile Business Analyst

  • The Role of Business Analyst in Agile Projects
  • BA Underlying Competencies
  • Review of Requirements Basics
  • It's Still About Asking the Right Questions
  • Business Analysis Techniques: Some You Know and Some New Ones
  • Mapping BA Techniques to Agile
  • Guidelines for Agile Business Analysis

3. The Product Vision

  • A Framework for Assessing Business Needs and Value
  • Defining the Product That Solves the Problem
  • Building a Product Roadmap
  • The Importance of Release Planning
  • Stakeholders, Actors and Personas

4. The Voice of the Customer

  • Concepts: Goals, Themes, and Epics
  • User Stories
  • Use Cases
  • Story/Feature Mapping
  • Story Decomposition
  • Story Elaboration
  • Defining Acceptance Criteria
  • Storyboarding for Validation

5. Prioritizing for Business Value

  • What is a Product Backlog?
  • Prioritizing Items for the Backlog
  • The Importance of Sprint Planning
  • Managing and Grooming the Backlog

6. Clarify with Examples: Moving Toward Behavior-Driven Development

  • Understanding Behavior-Driven Development
  • How Real Examples Bridge the Gap
  • Using Analysis Models for Elaboration and Clarification
  • The 'Given/When/Then/And' Technique

7. Collaboration and Continuous Improvement

  • Creating a Safe Working Environment
  • Using Collaborative Games
  • The Importance of Stand-Ups and Sprint Reviews
  • Retrospectives: Lessons Learned
  • Toward Continuous Improvement

Exercises:

Exercise 1: Conduct a Guided Assessment

  • Define and document the business environment
  • Clearly describe the scope of the business
  • Perform a straightforward analysis of a proposed business opportunity
  • Assess and describe the project's stakeholders, actors, and personas

Exercise 2: Develop the Themes, Epics, and User Stories Describing the Customers Required Capabilities

  • Elicit additional requirements and acceptance criteria for your stories
  • Create a storyboard to validate

Exercise 3: Evaluate and Prioritize Your User Stories

  • Create a sprint plan

Exercise 4: Clarify Requirements Using Real Examples

Exercise 5: Communication, Collaboration, and Teamwork

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