This is an up-to-date practical approach to Business Analysis course and will give you a comprehensive overview of Business Analysis and how to apply each of the topics covered.
All organizations undergo change and those that are successful at understanding and managing these changes are generally more successful than those that don't.
The Business Analyst provides a central role in establishing a clear understanding of the areas under change within the business. Business analysts contribute by analyzing the business objectives, processes and resources and suggest these can be addressed effectively through re-design, improvements and refinements or through the creation of new solutions.
The successful Business Analyst will integrate hard (e.g. business process modeling, working in Agile environments) and soft skills (e.g. business knowledge, stakeholder analysis and management). Business Analysts are therefore responsible for identifying change needs, assessing the impact of the change, capturing and documenting requirements.
Delegates attending this course will be well prepared to:
The program is most appropriate for any individual or group needing a practical understanding of business analysis within the context of the effective project.
The event is facilitated by an experienced trainer with significant business analysis experience and includes practical sessions with individual and team exercises that encourage active delegate participation.
Introduction to Business Analysis
Covers the rationale for having Business Analysis
The Business Analyst - Role and Responsibilities
Introduces the Business Analyst role and how this has emerged. Identifies the roles and responsibilities
The Business Analyst - Competencies
Identifies the skill set required by the Business Analyst and introduces the SFIA Framework
The Business Case
Introduces the business case, its importance, structure and place in the project (e.g. PRINCE2) as well as how to identifyoptions that ultimately lead to the benefits being realized
The Work of Analysis
Looks at strategy, its implementation and analysis of the internal and external environment
Business Analysis Process Model
Covers the areas such as problem solving, investigation, needs analysis and requirements definition
Approaches to Investigation
How to interview different types of user and how to capture and assimilate information as well as the use of workshops,
observation, scenarios, prototyping and quantitative approaches.
Stakeholders and Management
How to identify stakeholders and analyze and capture their concerns. This also covers stakeholder management strategies and how to manage stakeholders and their expectations.
Business Process Modeling
Introduces the modeling of business systems and processes and an introduction to BPMN
IT System Modeling
System function and data with an overview of SOA and why this is necessary in the Business Analysis.
Includes the definition of requirements (functional and non-functional), and different techniques for documenting requirements, analysis, validation and change management of requirements
Introduces the development of Use Cases and scenarios and what is required to ensure a quality product
Consideration is given to how to manage value and classify data resources. Agile methods (e.g. Scrum) are discussed and how BA can benefit from through the adoption of this approach. A brief overview of data modeling is provided along with the current requirements for governance, security and similar issues. The SDLC is included here with insights into controls and other governance mechanisms.
The Business Analyst and Change
What the Business Analyst needs to consider introducing a new system, the need for change management and the change process itself
Revisits the key learning points, why projects can go wrong and how the Business Analyst can prevent it