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 identifying and clarifying 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 and user stories for new or enhanced business systems
- Produce high-quality, readable use case and user story 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:
- Learn how to help your business customers be clear about the current state of their business.
- Understand and influence how business processes can be improved.
- Improve project initiation by clarifying discussions of scope, increasing stakeholder involvement, and identifying exclusions and constraints up front.
- Explore the Systems Development Life Cycle phases and the work to be done in each phase.
- Review Agile approaches to scoping a project and the lifecycle of a user story.
- Help to bridge the gap between business customers and designers, developers, and testers.
- Understand the organizational environment in which you are working and in which your project exists.
- Use practical, real-world methods for initiating conversations with users to identify the business problem to be solved.
- Discover tips and tricks that have helped other Business Analysts be successful with real-world projects.
- Examine, review, and refine requirements so they are specific, accurate, and unambiguous.
- Use effective practices for interviewing business customers to learn their requirements.
- Learn the fundamentals of business process modeling for eliciting requirements.
- Examine ways to discover and write business rules that affect a system.
- Understand the importance of categorizing and prioritizing requirements.
- Distinguish business and stakeholder requirements from solution requirements and know when it’s appropriate to define and document each.
- Manage project scope by identifying and managing changes to requirements throughout the project lifecycle.
- Learn how use cases and user stories fit into the project.
- Understand the relationship between use cases, user stories, and requirements.
- Translate users’ statements of needed system behavior and functionality into high-quality use-cases or user stories.
- Determine and document normal, alternate, and exception scenarios for use cases and acceptance criteria for user stories.
- Overcome common pitfalls and traps encountered when using the use case approach.
- Enhance relationships with stakeholders throughout your organization and improve your ability to satisfy stakeholders from both the business and the IT organizations.
- Help your organization understand and apply state-of-the-art methods for discovering and documenting project requirements.
- Better control project scope and backlog management 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, user stories, 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 requirements 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 skills, 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 various types of requirements.
Specifically, you will:
- Identify 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 eliciting and validating information from project stakeholders
- Determine how best to present your findings to business stakeholders, and prepare for effective interactions
- 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
- Practice writing user stories and acceptance criteria
- 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 and user stories can improve your software testing and QA process
- Generate a plan for bringing these methods back to your organization