Agile Business Analysis (AgileBA®)

Foundation to Practitioner

Agile Business Analysis Overview

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.

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Foundation and Practitioner

Foundation

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

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 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.

FOUNDATION

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.

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.

PRACTITIONER

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%)
  • 2.5 hour duration
  • Open-book (AgileBA Handbook only)

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.

APMG International administers the AgileBA examination scheme.
DEVELOPMENT UNITS

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:

  • Foundation course: 21 PDUs (14 Technical, 3 Strategic and Business Management and 4 Leadership)
  • Practitioner course: 7 PDUs (1 Technical, 5 Strategic and Business Management and 1 Leadership)
CONSORTIUM MEMBERSHIP

Candidates who pass the AgileBA Foundation or Practitioner exam are eligible to claim one year’s Agile Business Consortium Membership. This entitles you to:

  • Online templates and tools
  • Online ebooks including our pocketbooks and AgilePM v2
  • Free tickets to Member Training Days across the country
  • 20% discount on webshop, exams and events tickets

The Consortium will email you directly with an invitation to activate your membership.

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.

WHERE IS THE TRAINING VENUE LOCATED?

Sydney courses are held at 45 Clarence Street, Sydney.

Melbourne courses are held at 123 Queen Street, Melbourne.


I prefer Virtual Instructor Led Training, how does that work?

You can learn more about our virtual delivery here.


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.


IS THIS A CERTIFIED COURSE?

Yes. The Foundation and Practitioner examinations are undertaken on the final day of each course. Upon passing the exams you will be certified.


IS THE EXAM FEE INCLUDED?

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.


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 and save!

Who Should Attend?

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

Duration:

  • Weekday/virtual - 3 days
  • Weekend - 2 days

Development Units: 21 PDUs 

Exam:

  • Weekday - Exam taken on the afternoon of day 3 of the Foundation course
  • Weekend - Exam taken on the morning of the Practitioner course
  • Virtual - Online proctored exam taken after the course

Practitioner

Duration:

  • Weekday/weekend - 1 day
  • Virtual - 1/2 day

Development Units: 7 PDUs 

Exam:

  • Weekday/weekend - Exam taken on the afternoon of the course
  • Virtual - Online proctored exam taken after the course

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  • 01 May, 2021 - 15 May, 2021
    Agile Business Analysis (AgileBA®)
    $1,935.00 excl. GST
    Sydney Weekend
    Foundation
  • 10 May, 2021 - 12 May, 2021
    Agile Business Analysis (AgileBA®)
    $1,935.00 excl. GST
    Sydney
    Foundation
  • 15 May, 2021
    Agile Business Analysis (AgileBA®)
    $1,080.00 excl. GST
    Sydney Weekend
    Practitioner
  • 16 May, 2021
    Agile Business Analysis (AgileBA®)
    $1,080.00 excl. GST
    Sydney
    Practitioner
  • 17 May, 2021 - 19 May, 2021
    Agile Business Analysis (AgileBA®)
    $1,935.00 excl. GST
    Virtual Instructor Led Training
    Foundation
  • 24 May, 2021 - 26 May, 2021
    Agile Business Analysis (AgileBA®)
    $1,935.00 excl. GST
    Melbourne
    Foundation
  • 24 May, 2021
    Agile Business Analysis (AgileBA®)
    $1,080.00 excl. GST
    Virtual Instructor Led Training
    Practitioner
  • 02 June, 2021
    Agile Business Analysis (AgileBA®)
    $1,080.00 excl. GST
    Melbourne
    Practitioner
  • 28 June, 2021 - 30 June, 2021
    Agile Business Analysis (AgileBA®)
    $1,935.00 excl. GST
    Sydney
    Foundation
  • 29 June, 2021 - 01 July, 2021
    Agile Business Analysis (AgileBA®)
    $1,935.00 excl. GST
    Melbourne
    Foundation
  • 09 July, 2021
    Agile Business Analysis (AgileBA®)
    $1,080.00 excl. GST
    Sydney
    Practitioner
  • 12 July, 2021
    Agile Business Analysis (AgileBA®)
    $1,080.00 excl. GST
    Melbourne
    Practitioner
  • 25 August, 2021 - 27 August, 2021
    Agile Business Analysis (AgileBA®)
    $1,935.00 excl. GST
    Sydney
    Foundation
  • 06 September, 2021
    Agile Business Analysis (AgileBA®)
    $1,935.00 excl. GST
    Sydney
    Practitioner
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