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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.
The Foundation course provides comprehensive instruction and hands-on practice to embed concepts and techniques presented. This course will enable participants to:
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.
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.
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.
Working effectively with different stakeholders throughout the DSDM process. Analysing stakeholders. The Agile BA’s role in communication planning. Collaborating effectively using facilitated workshops.
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 Foundations. Practitioner focuses on preparing participants for the Practitioner exam and so does not introduce new content.
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.
Weekend courses: These are conducted over one full weekend and one following Saturday.
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.
The Foundation course includes the AgileBA Foundation exam which consists of:
The Foundation exam addresses knowledge of the terminology of the method and a high-level understanding of the concepts.
Weekday courses: Exam taken on the afternoon of day 3 of the Foundation course.
Weekend courses: Exam taken on the morning of the Practitioner course.
Virtual training: 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.
The Practitioner course includes the AgileBA Practitioner exam which exam consists of:
The Practitioner exam tests knowledge, understanding, application, analysis and evaluation of the method.
Weekday/weekend courses: The exam is taken on the afternoon of the course, and papers sent away for scoring.
Virtual training: 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.
Participants who have been awarded the Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential by the Project Management Institute (PMI)® are eligible to earn PDUs for their participation in this course as follows:
Candidates who pass the AgileBA Foundation or Practitioner exam are eligible to claim one year’s Agile Business Consortium Membership. This entitles you to:
The Consortium will email you directly with an invitation to activate your membership.
Participants must have…
To sit the AgileBA Practitioner exam, participants must have obtained a pass in the AgileBA Foundation exam (50% or more).
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.
Sydney courses are held at 45 Clarence Street, Sydney.
Melbourne courses are held at 123 Queen Street, Melbourne.
You can learn more about our virtual delivery here.
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Yes. The Foundation and Practitioner examinations are undertaken on the final day of each course. Upon passing the exams you will be certified.
Yes. The exam fee is included in the course cost.
Note: You must have completed and passed the Foundation exam as a prerequisite to sitting the Practitioner exam.
Yes. AgileBA Foundation and AgileBA Practitioner can be purchased together as a package at a discounted rate. Book now and save!
This course is designed for a wide range of roles including:
Development Units: 21 PDUs
Development Units: 7 PDUs
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