Business Analyst Boot Camp
Business Analyst Boot Camp Course Details:
*The Business Analyst training course is in alignment with version 3 of the Business Analyst Body of Knowledge by the IIBA, the PMI Guide to Business Analysis, the Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide by PMI, and the Requirements Management: A Practice Guide by PMI.
Develop Critical Business Analyst Skills
Business Analysts provide an essential function by assessing and analyzing the business environment, defining the scope of business problems, capturing project requirements, designing high-value solution approaches, and ensuring that the defined scope meets the customer's needs, goals, objectives, and expectations. This practical workshop will provide participants with fundamental analysis tools and techniques, including methods to understand the business environment, define a problem using a systematic approach, and influence and inform project stakeholders at all levels. You will gain pragmatic solutions to sustain stakeholder engagement throughout the project lifecycle, including questioning, listening, business need identification, problem solving, presentation, validation, and acceptance of the effective solution.
Analyze Business Problems and Identify Requirements for the Correct Solutions
Delays, cancellations, and defects in systems development projects stem in large part from our inability to understand project requirements and the environment in which they exist, as well as our inability to communicate those requirements clearly enough to enlist the collaboration and commitment of all core project stakeholders. The accumulating evidence is unequivocal: most serious problems associated with projects are related directly to requirements.
Business Analyst Boot Camp solidifies the foundations of business analysis and equips business analysts with the critical thinking, analytical skills, and necessary people skills to attack the problem of project failures by addressing their root causes: incomplete, poorly defined, and/or changing requirements.
Practice Real-World Tools and Techniques for Immediate Application
This 4-day Business Analyst training course will give you hands-on experience with the latest proven techniques for identifying a project's scope, developing and discovering requirements, user stories, and uses cases, and documenting them expertly. Lively lectures combined with insightful demonstrations and realistic practice exercises will provide you with the competence and confidence to improve project outcomes through better requirements elicitation and requirements development. You'll gain a thorough understanding of the challenges faced in defining correct requirements, practical approaches for eliciting and documenting requirements, and strategies for managing requirements throughout the project life cycle. If you play a role in defining project scope, capturing requirements, or managing project scope, you can't afford to miss this course!
In Class Workshops and Group Exercises:
Practical and realistic hands-on exercises and activities allow you to refine and enhance your problem definition, communication skills, and problem solving skills. Through group effort, you and your peers will discuss ways your department or company should be handling problems up front and how you can improve the early, critical stages of a project. You and your peers will identify and discuss strategies and tactics that your organization should be using to better define project scope, discover requirements, and document various types of requirements.
*Please note, if you are taking this class as part of the St. Louis University Certificate requirements, there is a $500 fee to claim your certificate once you have completed ALL requirements.
I. The Business Analysis Profession
It's only in recent years that business analysis has begun to be recognized as a profession in its own right. While people have been performing the Business Analyst role in organizations for several decades, differing definitions of the role abound. We'll start the workshop by exploring some of them, as well as gaining a clear understanding of where the industry appears to be heading and some emerging standards for the profession.
- IIBA™ and the BABOK™; The PMI™ Guide to Business Analysis and the Business Analysis For Practitioners: A Study Guide
- What is Business Analysis?
- Business and Solution Domainsóhow they relate
- Key roles in requirements development in SDLC and Agile projects
- The competencies of the Business Analyst
- Distinguishing novice and expert Business Analysts
- Effective communication
- Six important BA skills
- Business analysis definition
- Competencies of a business analyst
II. The Business Case for Good Requirements
IT projects have especially high failure rates, and evidence points to problems with defining requirements as one primary cause. This section presents an overview of the challenges inherent in projects in general, and specific problems typically encountered with IT project requirements. We also examine some common terms and concepts in requirements engineering.
- What is a good requirement?
- Requirements versus design
- Requirements attributesówho needs them?
- Key practices that promote excellent requirements
- The cost of requirements errors
- Requirements engineering overview
- Characteristics of good requirements
- Explore the differences between requirements and design
- Evaluate requirements for effectiveness
- Factors to improve project success
III. Foundations of Requirements Development
In order to increase project success, we need to implement a repeatable, scalable strategy for effective business analysis. In this section, we'll explore a framework in which good business analysis occurs and we'll discuss ways to maximize project success using this framework.
- Key terms in requirements development
- A strategy for analyzing systems
- Common requirement-classification schemes
- The three levels of a system
- Levels and types of requirements
- The importance of traceability
- Understanding the business context of projects
- Define key terms
- Use a framework to drive out requirements
- Types of requirements
- Classifying stakeholders' input
- Evaluate a fictitious but realistic organization for project alignment
IV. Project Initiation: Eliciting High-level and Mid-level Requirements
What most people think of as business analysis is central to project initiation. Because of the depth of skill these activities require, most Business Analysts demand separate training to develop true mastery. This course module therefore provides an overview and introduction to crucial business analysis activities by demonstrating common tools for identifying and documenting project scope, for modeling current and desired states, and for stakeholder and persona identification. And because effective initiation can lay the foundation for effective use case or user story development, we'll introduce use cases and user stories by identifying them in this module, too. After we've elicited the high-level and mid-level requirements for our project, we want to check to be sure that what we have so far is a good description of the project's scope.
- Understanding product vision and project scope
- Identifying and describing project stakeholders and personas
- Modeling the business
- Analyzing the current state and defining the future state
- Identifying systems and actors
- Determining scope
- Understanding and identifying use cases and user stories
- Taking the Agile approach: writing user stories
- Identifying and defining data
- Documenting business rules
- Finding quality attributes
- Defining and documenting the project scope
- Modeling the business
- Context diagramming
- Ways to identify use cases and user stories
- Brainstorming and chunkifying
- Roles and Permissions matrix
- Use case diagramming
- User stories
- High-level data definition
- Entity relationship diagramming
- Writing business rules and quality attributes
- Evaluate a Scope Statement
V. Eliciting Detailed Requirements
Savvy business analysts and project team members have a variety of techniques for finding the detailed functional and non-functional requirements on their projects. This section introduces several of the most powerful and effective analysis techniques and discusses their use in requirements elicitation. As various techniques are covered, the workshop explores how to capture and document the requirements, including effective requirements analysis and traceability.
- Overview of requirements-elicitation techniques
- Decompose processes to lowest levels
- Document analysis
- Modeling processes to generate interview questions
- Interviewing the stakeholders
- Documenting the interview and resulting requirements
- Adding detail to requirements we already have
- Refining and rewriting for clarity
- Elicitation techniques - advantages/disadvantages
- Process modeling
- Generating good interview questions
- Coping with challenging situations
- Interview simulations
- Writing new requirements and refining existing requirements
- CRUD matrix and CRUD functional requirements
VI. Improving Requirements Quality
After we've elicited the detailed requirements for our project, we want to analyze and refine the requirements. Writing requirements is one thingówriting good" or "effective" requirements is another matter. As we are hearing and documenting requirements from our stakeholders
*Please Note: Course Outline is subject to change without notice. Exact course outline will be provided at time of registration.
- Identify the essential skills of a Business Analyst
- Analyze the business environment in which your project occurs
- Improve your requirements elicitation, development, and documentation
- Enhance business analysis techniques to reduce project cost
- Practice eliciting and validating information from project stakeholders
- Develop business model components such as a context diagram, activity diagram, and use case model
- Work as a team to analyze business artifacts and documents to discover the functional requirements needed
- Practice writing user stories and acceptance criteria
- Produce well written use case diagrams and narratives
- Generate a plan for bringing these methods back to your organization
Anyone involved in business analysis would benefit from this business analyst training course. This business analyst training course is perfect for you if you are a(n)Ö
- Business customer, user or partner
- Business Analyst
- Business Systems Analyst
- Systems Analyst
- Project Manager or Team Leader
- Systems Architect or Designer
- IT Manager/Director
- Systems or Application Developer
- QA Professional
- Systems Tester
- Anyone wanting to enhance their business analysis skills