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AgileBA® Virtual Classroom Training

Our virtual training is streamed live (not pre-recorded) with an accredited trainer in real-time – otherwise referred to as Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT). Brought to you by experienced trainers based on our market leading materials and content.

Our trainers are based in real training rooms complete with audio visual equipment. We apply best practices incorporating a modular approach with frequent activities, visual engagement, appropriate pace and relevant dynamic learning to add value.

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About this Course

The Business Analyst (BA) is a critical role within an Agile project team and with more and more organisations adopting Agile approaches, BAs performing this crucial role need to have the necessary skills and expertise. Despite this, there has been little in the way of detailed best practice guidance that directly addresses the role, responsibilities and skills of the Agile Business Analyst.

The guidance is based on the DSDM® (Dynamic System Development Method) Agile Project Framework, an approach which defines the role of the project-based Business Analyst in relation to business, development and testing roles at all levels. However, the guidance goes deeper, with many generic and popular agile techniques also included.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for a wide range of roles including:

  • Business analysts
  • Change analysts
  • Project managers
  • Scrum product owners/managers
  • Systems analysts
  • Agile developers

Foundation Course

Qualification: Agile Business Analysis Foundation Certificate
Nominal Days: 3 days

The Foundation course provides comprehensive instruction and hands-on practice to embed concepts and techniques presented. This course will enable participants to:

  • Adopt an Agile approach and philosophy
  • Work in line with DSDM philosophy and principles
  • Work effectively with key stakeholders to elicit and manage requirements for incremental solution delivery
  • Prepare for and sit the AgileBA Foundation examination

Practitioner Course

Qualification: Agile Business Analysis Practitioner Certificate
Nominal Days: 1/2 day

The Practitioner level qualification aims to measure whether the candidate has sufficient knowledge and understanding of the AgileBA guidance to apply and tailor it to a given scenario situation.

The Practitioner course builds on the Foundation course, providing additional depth of understanding. This is achieved through a review of Foundation material, consolidation of concepts and sample exam questions for the Practitioner level certification.

This course fully prepares candidates for the AgileBA Practitioner certification exam.

Please note that the Practitioner course is an exam preparation course and focuses on the application of AgileBA to prepare candidates for the Practitioner exam.


Key Topics

The courses explore the following content, with the Foundation level focusing on the theory and the Practitioner considering the application of the method to a given scenario:

Agile and the DSDM Agile Project Framework

The agile mindset. The DSDM approach, philosophy and principles. Overview of the DSDM process, roles and products.

Strategy analysis

Gaining a holistic view of the business environment using internal and external analysis. Capturing a clear picture of the value an organisation creates through value chain analysis and Lean thinking. Identifying and measuring the impact of implementing organisational strategies. The agile business case.

Stakeholder collaboration

Working effectively with different stakeholders throughout the DSDM process. Analysing stakeholders. The Agile BA’s role in communication planning. Collaborating effectively using facilitated workshops.

Managing requirements

Working with requirements, user stories, acceptance criteria and story maps. The DSDM approach to managing requirements throughout the project lifecycle. The Agile BA’s role. The lifecycle of a requirement. Requirements elicitation models. Estimating requirements in a DSDM project.

Delivering on time

Exploration of key practices to deliver on time: prioritising requirements, timeboxing and iterative development. Common prioritisation techniques. Activities conducted in timeboxes and useful collaboration techniques such as stand-ups and burn charts. Approaches to iterative development.

Modelling and mapping

Modelling perspectives. Modelling techniques for the Agile BA including business domain models and wireframes.

Note: All content is covered in Foundation. Practitioner focuses on preparing participants for the Practitioner exam and so does not introduce new content.

How this course is delivered

Trainers of this course will use a practical delivery approach to provide participants with a ‘hands-on’, multi-faceted and challenging learning experience. Understanding and recall techniques will be used to provide participants with a solid comprehension of AgileBA.

Courses are facilitated by our expert team and can be conducted onsite, at our premises or virtually.  All courses can be customised to suit your requirements.

Materials: A comprehensive participant workbook is provided for the Foundation course. A participant workbook and the AgileBA Handbook (published by the Agile Business Consortium) are provided to Practitioner participants.


Outcomes and Certification Eligibility

Foundation Certification

The Foundation course includes the AgileBA Foundation exam which consists of:

  • 50 multiple choice questions
  • 50% pass mark (25/50)
  • 40 minutes duration
  • Closed book

The Foundation exam addresses knowledge of the terminology of the method and a high-level understanding of the concepts.

Online proctored exam taken after the course. On completion of the Foundation virtual training, you will receive an invitation to book your Foundation exam. You have 6 months to sit the exam online. Please check availability when making your booking.

Practitioner Certification

The Practitioner course includes the AgileBA Practitioner exam which exam consists of:

  • Complex multiple choice
  • 4 questions per paper with 20 marks available per question
  • 40/80 marks required to pass (50%)
  • 5 hour duration
  • Open-book (AgileBA Handbook only)

The Practitioner exam tests knowledge, understanding, application, analysis and evaluation of the method.

Online proctored exam taken after the course. On completion of the Practitioner virtual training, you will receive an invitation to book your Practitioner exam. You have 6 months to sit the exam online. Please check availability when making your booking.

The AgileBA Practitioner qualification is valid for 5 years. Practitioners should re-register within 3-5 years of their original certification to demonstrate their commitment to professional development.

APMG International administers the AgileBA examination scheme.


Course Prerequisites

Foundation

Participants must have…

  • A minimum of one year’s Business Analysis experience OR
  • Have attended a PM-Partners Business Analysis Fundamentals course (or equivalent) OR
  • Have an interest in Business Analysis and attended an Agile Project Management (AgilePM®) Foundation course

Practitioner

To sit the AgileBA Practitioner exam, participants must have obtained a pass in the AgileBA Foundation exam (50% or more).

Pre-course work

Participants are required to complete pre-course preparation for both courses.

Please be aware that pre-course work must be completed prior to the course. Failure to complete pre-course work may mean that you are not ready to fully participate in the course and may limit your ability to gain the outcomes you are hoping to achieve.

Course Dates

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FAQs

What do you mean by virtual training?

When we refer to virtual (classroom) training we are meaning just that: delivering live training (not pre-recorded) with a trainer to wherever you are real-time – otherwise referred to as Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT). Our trainers are based in actual training rooms complete with training and AV equipment.

What will I experience during a virtual training session?

Your virtual classroom trainer has access to a variety of options to ensure effective communication and learning, both individually and as a group, including:

  • Changing how webcams are viewed
  • Screen sharing to display a document, presentation or other training content
  • Changing the view to make an attendee the presenter
  • Conducting polls and tests
  • Splitting the classroom into small groups for activities
  • Uploading materials

How do I interact with the trainer? Other attendees?

Collaboration and actively participating in a training session are essential. You can:

  • Raise and submit questions/comments to the trainer or other attendees
  • Use shared apps and drawing tools to collaborate with the whole group
  • Participate in ‘breakout’ rooms for activities/small group discussions
  • Share the trainer’s keyboard and mouse control

Note: Drawing tools, shared keyboard/mouse control and multi-monitor screen sharing are available on the installed desktop app only.

How long will a session be before I can have a break?

As virtual training is a very different experience to face-to-face training, each virtual session will be a maximum of 90 minutes (many sessions will be shorter), followed by a break. Your trainer will confirm the timings of breaks at the start of each day.

What are the system and software requirements?

System requirements

Desktop app option Web browser option
Operating system Windows 7 – 10
MacOS X 10.9 (Mavericks) – MacOS Mojave 10.14TM
Operating system
Internet connection 1Mbps or better (broadband recommended)
Hardware 2GB or more of RAM
Microphone and speakers* (headset recommended)
Webcam
Microphone and speakers* (headset recommended)
Webcam
Software GoToTraining® desktop app, Javascript™ enabled Google Chrome (most recent 2 versions)

*It is recommended that you use a wired headset with VoIP to ensure optimal audio quality and to minimise audio feedback. If necessary, you are able to use your phone to dial in to the audio connection.

Software used

We are currently using GoToTraining® by LogMeIn. As a training course participant, you do not need a GoToTraining account. Before the training starts you will be sent an email with a link to join the course. When you join the course, you will be prompted to download the GoToTraining software.

How secure is GoToTraining®?

The session is completely private and secure and features end-to-end Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption. No unencrypted information is ever stored on the system.

I require an invoice before payment is processed – can I still book this course online?

Yes. Simply select ‘invoice’ from the payment options during the checkout process and one of our consultants will be in contact to organise payment.

Can I buy these courses as a package?

Yes. AgileBA Foundation and AgileBA Practitioner can be purchased together as a package at a discounted rate. Book now & save!

Is this a certified course?

Yes. Upon passing the exams you will be certified.

Is the exam fee included?

Yes. The exam fee is included in the course cost.

Please note: You must have completed and passed the Foundation exam as a prerequisite to sitting the Practitioner exam.