Applying Business Analysis

Applying Business Analysis
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Introduction

This is a highly interactive requirements management training course that helps you assess analysis situations, interpret the information at hand, and ask the right questions so that you can determine the most appropriate approach(s) and course(s) of action to make your requirements management and definition as efficient and effective as possible.

Participants are given a scenario in which they work in teams to define their approach for elicitation and analysis. Skills and techniques covered in the prior days of Essential Skills for Business Analysis are utilized and a checklist is provided to rate their approach, revise, and present a final analysis approach. As the day progresses, students have the opportunity to “Swim with the Sharks”. The “sharks” are additional scenarios that simulate real world project obstacles in which participants make decisions on how to overcome and maneuver through the rough waters. Lessons provide concrete tips and techniques to effectively handle each situation.

Objectives

  • Define and revise your analysis approach
  • Practice creating an analysis approach to make the most efficient use of elicitation and analysis techniques
  • Identify how you should categorize requirements for effective requirements management and communication
  • Define excellent requirement characteristics
  • Describe best practices for traceability, impact analysis, and reuse
  • Practice various communication techniques to facilitate productivity and workflow
  • Discuss strategies for overcoming project obstacles, including lack of stakeholder engagement, conflict resolution, and prioritization

Student Profile

This course is designed for Business Analysts, Project Managers, Business Systems Analysts, Product Managers, Product Owners, System Architect, Process Engineers, Requirements Engineers or any member of the project team. This course is appropriate for new and advanced audiences.

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Prerequisites

There are no pre-requisites to attend this course.

Course Materials

Each student will receive a copy of the course documentation prepared by Netmind.

Methodology

Interactive workshops allow students to practice requirements analysis techniques as they learn. It is compatible with the standards described in the BABOK® IIBA Guide and the PMI-PBA certification. This course can be taught independently or as part of our 4-day Essential Skills for Business Analysis course.

Certification

This course is included in our Business Analysis Certification Program. By attending this course, students earn credit towards the BA Associate and BA Certified certifications, as well as credit towards the Analysis Planning Badge.

Additionally, students will earn 7 credit hours for their attendance.

Accreditation

A certificate of attendance will be issued to students who attend the course for at least 75% of the duration.

Course Outline

  1. Developing an Analysis Approach
    1. Review elicitation and analysis techniques
    2. Workshop – What is your Analysis Approach?
      1. Work in groups to select techniques and determine your approach to a given case study. Students may use their projects.
      2. Rate your outcome with the Analysis Checklist provided
      3. Revise your approach as needed and present
    3. Discuss success criteria for an analysis approach to getting started and/or moving your project forward
    4. Discuss why you chose each particular elicitation and analysis technique in your approach
    5. Define Excellent Requirements characteristics
    6. Requirements Management: Organize and capture requirements
      1. Describe why being more organized increases team agility
      2. Distinguish the different levels of requirements categories and explain their area of focus
      3. Describe the different kinds of requirements information that needs to be included in your requirements repository
      4. Compare and contrast approaches for effectively organizing, filtering and reporting your requirements-related content
  2. Swimming with the Sharks
    1. Workshop – Swimming with the Sharks
      1. Work in groups to create an approach for overcoming real world obstacles that effect projects
      2. Describe key strategies for having difficult conversations with SMEs and maneuvering through office politics
      3. Describe options for increased stakeholder engagement with a Quick Tip job aid
      4. Discuss approaches to resolve conflicting needs, including prioritization options
      5. Define methods for performing traceability and impact analysis
  3. Course Summary
    1. Bringing it all together
    2. Develop an Action Plan with next steps on the student’s current project
  4. Appendix –Job Aids
    1. Considerations for Analysis
    2. Quick Tips: Stakeholder Engagement

Public Classes

Oct 3, 2019
9:00 - 5:00 EST
Live Virtual
Jan 30, 2020
9:00 - 5:00 EST
Live Virtual

Course Details

Reference

JIS 402-D

Duration

1 day

Delivery Mode

Virtual, Face-to-Face
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