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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 prerequisites 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. Discuss how to trace, categorize, and organize for better management of requirements and changes to requirements and for optimal communication to stakeholders
    3. Define Excellent Requirements characteristics
    4. Workshop Options – What is your Analysis Approach?
      1. Use a case study or your own project to discuss and determine the best approach to requirements for the situation
      2. -OR- Use a case study to learn and experience the Agile Mindset and Scrum framework and to understand the timing of and techniques to use for user story requirements
  2. Swimming with the Sharks
    1. Workshop – Swimming with the Sharks: Work in groups to create an approach for overcoming real world obstacles that effect projects
      1. Describe key strategies for having difficult conversations with SMEs and maneuvering through office politics
      2. Describe options for increased stakeholder engagement with a Quick Tip job aid
      3. Discuss approaches to resolve conflicting needs, including prioritization options
  3. Course Summary
    1. Bringing it all together
    2. Develop an Action Plan with next steps on the student’s current project
  4. Job Aids and Templates
    1. Process Context Job Aid
    2. Process Flow Chart Symbols Infographic
    3. Risk Responses and Planning Job Aid
    4. Risk Register Template

Public Classes

Oct 15, 2020
9:00 - 5:00 EST
Live Virtual

This session utilizes our OpenClass® delivery format. Additional details will be forwarded to you 2 weeks prior to class with login details.

Dec 17, 2020
9:00 - 5:00 EST
Live Virtual

This session utilizes our OpenClass® delivery format. Additional details will be forwarded to you 2 weeks prior to class with login details.

Course Details

Reference

JIS 402-D

Duration

1 day

Delivery Mode

Virtual, Face-to-Face

Certification

BA Certified
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