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Business Analyst Boot Camp

Full-Spectrum Business Analysis Training & Skills Development

In this business analyst training course, learn how to:

  • Bridge the expectations gap between business stakeholders and technology solution providers
  • Enhance business analysis techniques to reduce project cost
  • Implement practical methods for understanding user requirements
  • Improve your requirements elicitation, development and documentation
  • Understand and describe the business environment in which a project exists
  • Explore proven tactics for managing project scope
  • Focus on discovering root causes, not just symptoms
  • Gain tools and techniques for developing more precise requirements
  • Practice state-of-the-art business and system modeling techniques
  • Organize and categorize project requirements
  • Quickly identify accurate use cases for new or enhanced business systems
  • Produce high-quality, readable use case documentation
  • Avoid common use case traps and pitfalls
  • Overcome real-world challenges that confront today’s Business Analysts

Immediate Benefits of Attending This Business Analyst training course:

  1. Learn how to help your business customers be clear about the current state of their business
  2. Understand and influence how business processes can be improved
  3. Improve project initiation by clarifying discussions of scope, increasing stakeholder involvement, and identifying exclusions and constraints up front
  4. Explore the Systems Development Life Cycle phases and the work to be done in each phase
  5. Help to bridge the gap between business customers and designers, developers, and testers
  6. Understand the organizational environment in which you are working and in which your project exists
  7. Use practical, real-world methods for initiating conversations with users to identify the business problem to be solved
  8. Discover tips and tricks that have helped other Business Analysts be successful with real-world projects
  9. Examine, review and refine requirements so they are specific, accurate and unambiguous
  10. Use effective practices for interviewing business customers to learn their requirements
  11. Learn the fundamentals of business process modeling for eliciting requirements
  12. Examine ways to discover and write business rules that affect a system
  13. Understand the importance of categorizing and prioritizing requirements
  14. Distinguish business and user requirements from solution requirements and know when it's appropriate to define and document each
  15. Manage project scope by identifying and managing changes to requirements throughout the project lifecycle.
  16. Learn how use cases fit into the life cycle
  17. Understand the relationship between use cases and requirements
  18. Translate users' statements of needed system behavior and functionality into high-quality use-cases
  19. Determine and document normal, alternate, and exception scenarios
  20. Overcome common pitfalls and traps encountered when using the use case approach
  21. Enhance relationships with stakeholders throughout your organization and improve your ability to satisfy stakeholders from both the business and the IT organizations
  22. Help your organization understand and apply state-of-the-art methods for discovering and documenting project requirements
  23. Better control project scope by identifying and gaining consensus on requirements throughout the project life cycle

Reduce project costs and improve their quality by defining the right requirements the right way the first time, every time! Complete 4 days of Business Analyst and Business Requirements training in one fast-paced Boot Camp - save time and money.

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 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 use case 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 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 use cases.

Specifically, you will:

  • Evaluate the essential skills of a Business Analyst
  • Explore and understand common differences in work and communication styles and how they affect interactions on a project
  • Analyze the business environment in which your project occurs
  • Practice project initiation techniques to clarify project scope
  • Practice soliciting and validating information from project stakeholders
  • Determine how best to present your findings to business stakeholders, and prepare for effective interactions
  • Assess your individual and team communication effectiveness
  • Learn to elicit and manage requirements from a realistic business case project
  • 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
  • Learn to identify and extract important functional requirements from a process model
  • Work as a team to establish appropriate level of detail in a use case
  • Review requirements elicitation and use-case discovery methods
  • Produce well written use case diagrams and narratives
  • Understand how use cases are linked for large and/or complex systems
  • Improve your ability to write high-quality statements of requirements
  • Learn how use cases can improve your software testing and QA process
  • Generate a plan for bringing these methods back to your organization

Business Analysis Training - Course Outline

4 days Live/5 days Virtual

I. The Business Analysis Profession

It's only in recent years that business analysis has begun to be recognized as a profession it 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.

  1. IIBA® and the BABOK®
  2. What is Business Analysis?
  3. Business and Solution Domains—how they relate
  4. Key roles in requirements development
  5. The competencies of the Business Analyst
  6. Distinguishing novice and expert Business Analysts
  7. Effective communication
  8. Six important BA skills

Practice sessions:

  • Business analysis definition
  • Competencies of a business analyst
  • First look: generating good questions

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.

  1. What is a good requirement?
  2. Requirements attributes—who needs them?
  3. Key practices that promote excellent requirements
  4. The cost of requirements errors
  5. Requirements engineering overview

Practice sessions:

  • Requirements definition
  • Characteristics of good requirements
  • Evaluate requirements for effectiveness
  • Factors to improve 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.

  1. Key terms in requirements development
  2. A strategy for analyzing systems
  3. Common requirement-classification schemes
  4. The three parts of a system
  5. Levels and types of requirements
  6. The importance of traceability
  7. Understanding the business context of projects

Practice sessions:

  • Define key terms
  • Use a framework to drive out requirements
  • Types of requirements
  • Classifying stakeholders' input
  • Evaluate a mythical 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 three crucial business analysis activities by demonstrating common tools for identifying and documenting project scope, for modeling current and desired states, and for stakeholder identification. And because effective initiation can lay the foundation for effective use case development, we'll introduce use cases and begin to identify them in this module, too.

  1. Understanding product vision and project scope
  2. Identifying and describing project stakeholders
  3. Modeling the business
  4. Identifying systems and actors
  5. Determining scope
  6. Understanding and identifying use cases
  7. Taking the Agile approach: writing user stories
  8. Identifying and defining data
  9. Documenting business rules
  10. Finding quality attributes

Practice sessions:

  • Modeling the business
  • Actor/goal identification
  • User stories
  • Context diagramming
  • Use case diagramming
  • Activity diagramming
  • High-level data definition
  • Writing business rules and quality attributes

V. Improving Requirements Quality

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. Writing requirements is one thing—writing "good" or "effective" requirements is another matter. As we are hearing and documenting requirements from our stakeholders, we should be evaluating them for effectiveness and refining/rewriting those that are not. In this section, we'll learn to derive maximum benefit from reviews throughout the life cycle. We'll then take a closer look at the issue of requirements quality, focusing on writing effective requirements through analysis, refinement, and review. Finally, we'll discuss how to document the scope of the project to minimize rework and creep.

  1. Requirements quality
  2. Common problems with requirements
  3. Analyze for ambiguity
  4. Requirements inspection, analysis and improvement
  5. Defining and documenting the project scope

Practice sessions:

  • Analyze and rewrite requirements
  • Evaluate a Scope Definition Document

VI. 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.

  1. Overview of requirements-elicitation techniques
  2. Decompose processes to lowest levels
  3. Document analysis
  4. Modeling processes to generate interview questions
  5. Interviewing the stakeholders
  6. Documenting the interview and resulting requirements
  7. Adding detail to requirements we already have
  8. Refine and rewrite for clarity

Practice sessions:

  • Elicitation techniques—advantages/disadvantages
  • Detailed 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

VII. Documenting Requirements with Use Cases

Developing use cases is fairly straightforward, but someone actually has to document the use cases and requirements discovered during the requirements elicitation process. This section of the workshop focuses on how to apply the knowledge you've gained so far to writing a use case. It also examines more complex aspects of uses cases, including sub-use cases and use-case linkages in larger systems.

  1. Use case basics
  2. Ways to identify use cases
  3. Use cases and requirements
  4. Usage narrative
  5. Anatomy of a fully dressed use case
  6. Writing effective use case narratives
  7. Understanding sub-use cases
  8. Linking use cases for larger or more complex systems
  9. Use case quality
  10. Avoiding common traps and pitfalls

Practice sessions:

  • Write a usage narrative
  • Write a fully dressed use case
  • Check use case quality

VIII. Packaging and Presenting Requirements

Once we've worked with stakeholders to define their functional and non-functional requirements and to document, refine, and organize the requirements, we have to package those requirements into a specification. In addition, most systems also possess a significant number of requirements that aren't necessarily associated with specific business functions. These types of non-functional requirements must also be captured and documented as part of the complete requirement specification. This portion of the Boot Camp covers how to package the requirements into a specification that can be used for system development and testing.

  1. Organizing and packaging requirements
  2. Presenting requirements for review
  3. Baselining the requirements
  4. Getting to consensus and approval
  5. Conduct formal and informal reviews
  6. Documenting requirements in a Requirements Specification

Practice sessions:

  • Examine and evaluate a sample Requirements Specification
  • Present requirements to stakeholders
  • Create personal action plan for success

Course Credits:

28 PDU’s/CDU’s

24.5 CPE’s

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