Business Analysis Fundamentals Course (Level 1 – ECBA™ Certification Preparation Course)

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BA Fundamentals

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Business strategy execution depends upon developing and implementing solutions that provide demonstrable value to an organisation. Optimal value however can only be realised when solutions are based on precise requirements that fully address an issue or opportunity within the context of the “whole organisation and environment.”

What you gain from the course

Enrol for Business Analysis Fundamentals course and you’ll gain:

  • Hands-on, business ready expertise that you can immediately apply
  • Comprehensive Business Analysis program materials and case studies

About this course

Our three day interactive and practical course provides you with proven tools, techniques and processes to help deliver solutions that satisfy stakeholder requirements and deliver expected benefits to the organisation.

Aligned with A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide), current research, and best practice industry standards, this course enables business analysts to effectively undertake their role and to gain an appreciation of the knowledge areas required for the Entry Level
Certification in Business Analysis™ (ECBA™) certificate.

Workshop Objective

This course provides participants with the fundamental knowledge of the processes and disciplines that enable the delivery of objective requirements that add maximum value to an organisation.
By combining a practical and pragmatic approach to business analysis, aligned with industry standards, this course will provide you with the opportunity to prepare for the International Institute of Business Analysis™ (IIBA®) industry certification ECBA™.

Using real-life scenarios will develop your skills, enabling you to put into practice tasks and techniques that allows you to gain general knowledge and practical experience.

Undertaking a set of review questions at the end of each session will ensure full understanding of the material covered. It will also serve as a study aid for those who wish to undertake the ECBA™ certificate.

Note: whilst this course helps prepare you for the ECBA™ certification, additional self-study is required prior to taking the exam. Please speak to your course Trainer if you are planning to sit the ECBA™ exam for direction and study advice.

How this course is delivered

Course Summary

Session 1: Setting the Scene

  • Course objectives.
  • Alignment of the course with IIBA® and the BABOK®
  • The 4 levels of certification offered by the IIBA®.

Session 2: Introduction to Business Analysis – Core Concepts

  • What is Business Analysis?
  • Core competencies of a successful Business Analyst
  • Working with the BABOK® Guide
    • Working with knowledge areas, tasks and techniques
    • The role of the Business Analyst in the project lifecycle
    • Understanding who your stakeholders are
    • Key terms and concepts, including the Business Analysis Core Concept Model (BACCM™)

Session 3: Planning Business Analysis activities

  • Planning and the BABOK® Guide
  • Understanding the key elements required for a BA plan
  • Writing a problem / opportunity statement
  • Scope modelling
  • Case study Building the Next Best Mobile Application – participants will have the opportunity to:
    • Develop a problem and opportunity statement
    • Define the scope of analysis using a context diagram

Session 4: Eliciting and Communication Information

  • Elicitation and the BABOK® Guide
  • Preparing for Elicitation
  • Conducting elicitation using collaborative games
  • Confirming elicitation results
  • Communicating information
  • Case study – participants will have the opportunity to:
    • Prepare an elicitation plan
    • Develop a product box to collaboratively define the project vision, product features and benefits
    • Conduct and interview to confirm elicited information

Session 5: Stakeholder collaboration

  • Identifying and analysing stakeholders
  • Categorising stakeholders
  • Engaging stakeholders through collaboration
  • Case study – participants will have the opportunity to:
    • Use an onion diagram to identify stakeholders
    • Analyse stakeholders based on their role, impact, influence and expected attitude to the project

Session 6: Strategy analysis

  • Strategy analysis and the BABOK® Guide
  • The role of the BA in strategy analysis
  • Analysing the current state
  • Defining the future state
  • Case study – participants will have the opportunity to:
    • Identify key business goals and objectives
    • Document business requirements that will form the basis of the future state for a mobile app

Session 7: Defining requirements

  • Requirements and the BABOK® Guide
    • The requirements classification schema (business, stakeholder, functional, non-functional, transition)
  • Writing effective requirements, including an introduction to:
    • Requirements attributes
    • Working within constraints
    • Business rules
    • Documenting assumptions
    • Creating a glossary
  • Case study – participants will have the opportunity to:
    • Classify requirements according to the requirements classification schema
    • Use a requirements boilerplate to improve the quality of written requirements
    • Conduct a peer review to verify the quality of written requirements
    • Create a glossary to support documented requirements

Session 8: Requirements Lifecycle Management

  • Requirements lifecycle management and the BABOK® Guide
  • Overview of tracing and maintaining requirements
  • Prioritising requirements using MoSCoW and the value, risk and interdependencies model
  • Overview of assessing requirements changes
  • Overview of approving requirements
  • Case study – participants will have the opportunity to:
    • Conduct a prioritisation session based on the value, risk and interdependencies model

Session 9: Modelling requirements

  • The Requirements Analysis and Design Definition knowledge area
  • Specifying and modelling requirements
  • Understanding the difference between:
    • Requirements and designs
    • Matrices and diagrams
  • Using models to drive requirements
    • Modelling the current (as-is) state
    • Modelling the future (to-be) state

Overview of common modelling techniques

  • Case study – participants will have the opportunity to model requirements using a:
    • Functional decomposition diagram
    • Flowchart
    • Use case diagram

Session 10: Evaluating Requirements, Designs and the Solution

  • Evaluating requirements through verification and validation
  • Recommending a solution using acceptance and evaluation criteria
  • Evaluating the implemented solution
  • Case study – participants will have the opportunity to:
    • Create a verification checklist
    • Peer review developed models using the verification checklist
    • Validate requirements through traceability
    • Develop acceptance criteria for elicited requirements
    • Identify evaluation criteria that could be used to evaluate potential solutions

Outcomes & Certification Eligibility

Professional Certification

International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) offers four formal certifications for professional Business Analysts:

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This course is aligned to the BABOK® Guide v3.0 knowledge areas and can assist in preparation for the ECBA certifications.

IIBA is a non-profit organisation whose vision is to be the leading world-wide professional association that develops and maintains standards for the practice of Business Analysis, and for the certification of practitioners.

PM-Partners group is an Endorsed Education Provider of IIBA®.

Successful completion of this course will enable participants to:

  • Define the roles and responsibilities of a business analyst
  • Articulate underlying competencies to guide them in Business Analysis best practices
  • Define core business analysis concepts using the Business Analysis Core Concept Model (BACCM™)
  • Identify key techniques as appropriate for business analysis activities
  • Identify core business analysis activities as they relate to each knowledge area in the BABOK® Guide
  • Demonstrate an awareness and understanding in how to approach business analysis planning, information management and stakeholder engagement
  • Demonstrate an awareness and understanding in how to collaborate, communicate and conduct elicitation efforts with stakeholders
  • Demonstrate an awareness and understanding in how to manage requirements including prioritising, tracing, managing, changing and approving requirements activities
  • Demonstrate an awareness of understanding how to capture current and desired state in a manner that proves alignment to organisational strategy.
  • Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of how to ensure that requirements and design meet the desired business need
  • Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of how to ensure that value is sought when designing, delivering, implementing and maintaining a solution

Course Prerequisites

To achieve the greatest benefit from participation in this course, participants should be working in a Business Analysis environment or planning to do so within the near future.

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