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Business Analyst Boot Camp

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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.

 

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Class Description

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:

  1. Learn how to help your business customers be clear about the current state of their business.
  2. Understand and influence how business processes can be improved.
  3. Improve project initiation by clarifying discussions of scope, increasing stakeholder involvement, and identifying exclusions and constraints up front.
  4. Explore the Systems Development Life Cycle phases and the work to be done in each phase.
  5. Review Agile approaches to scoping a project and the lifecycle of a user story.
  6. Help to bridge the gap between business customers and designers, developers, and testers.
  7. Understand the organizational environment in which you are working and in which your project exists.
  8. Use practical, real-world methods for initiating conversations with users to identify the business problem to be solved.
  9. Discover tips and tricks that have helped other Business Analysts be successful with real-world projects.
  10. Examine, review, and refine requirements so they are specific, accurate, and unambiguous.
  11. Use effective practices for interviewing business customers to learn their requirements.
  12. Learn the fundamentals of business process modeling for eliciting requirements.
  13. Examine ways to discover and write business rules that affect a system.
  14. Understand the importance of categorizing and prioritizing requirements.
  15. Distinguish business and stakeholder requirements from solution requirements and know when it’s appropriate to define and document each.
  16. Manage project scope by identifying and managing changes to requirements throughout the project lifecycle.
  17. Learn how use cases and user stories fit into the project.
  18. Understand the relationship between use cases, user stories, and requirements.
  19. Translate users’ statements of needed system behavior and functionality into high-quality use-cases or user stories.
  20. Determine and document normal, alternate, and exception scenarios for use cases and acceptance criteria for user stories.
  21. Overcome common pitfalls and traps encountered when using the use case approach.
  22. Enhance relationships with stakeholders throughout your organization and improve your ability to satisfy stakeholders from both the business and the IT organizations.
  23. Help your organization understand and apply state-of-the-art methods for discovering and documenting project requirements.
  24. Better control project scope and backlog management by identifying and gaining consensus on requirements throughout the project life cycle.
  25. 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

Course Outline

Business Analysis Training – Course Outline

I. The Business Analysis Profession

It’s only in recent years that business analysis has begun to be recognized as a profession it its own right. While people have been performing the Business Analyst role in organizations for several decades, differing definitions of the role abound. We’ll start the workshop by exploring some of them, as well as gaining a clear understanding of where the industry appears to be heading and some emerging standards for the profession.

1.IIBA® and the BABOK®
2.What is Business Analysis?
3.Business and Solution Domains—how they relate
4.Key roles in requirements development in SDLC and Agile projects
5.The competencies of the Business Analyst
6.Distinguishing novice and expert Business Analysts
7.Effective communication
8.Six important BA skills

Practice sessions:

•Business analysis definition
•Competencies of a business analyst

II. The Business Case for Good Requirements

IT projects have especially high failure rates, and evidence points to problems with defining requirements as one primary cause. This section presents an overview of the challenges inherent in projects in general, and specific problems typically encountered with IT project requirements. We also examine some common terms and concepts in requirements engineering.

1.What is a good requirement?
2.Requirements attributes—who needs them?
3.Key practices that promote excellent requirements
4.The cost of requirements errors
5.Requirements engineering overview

Practice sessions:

•Characteristics of good requirements
•Explore the differences between requirements and design
•Evaluate requirements for effectiveness
•Factors to improve project success

III. Foundations of Requirements Development

In order to increase project success, we need to implement a repeatable, scalable strategy for effective business analysis. In this section, we’ll explore a framework in which good business analysis occurs and we’ll discuss ways to maximize project success using this framework.

1.Key terms in requirements development
2.A strategy for analyzing systems
3.Common requirement-classification schemes
4.The three levels of a system
5.Levels and types of requirements
6.The importance of traceability
7.Understanding the business context of projects

Practice sessions:

•Define key terms
•Use a framework to drive out requirements
•Types of requirements
•Classifying stakeholders’ input
•Evaluate a fictitious but realistic organization for project alignment

IV. Project Initiation: Eliciting High-level and Mid-level Requirements

What most people think of as business analysis is central to project initiation. Because of the depth of skill these activities require, most Business Analysts demand separate training to develop true mastery. This course module therefore provides an overview and introduction to crucial business analysis activities by demonstrating common tools for identifying and documenting project scope, for modeling current and desired states, and for stakeholder and persona identification. And because effective initiation can lay the foundation for effective use case or user story development, we’ll introduce use cases and user stories by identifying them in this module, too. After we’ve elicited the high-level and mid-level requirements for our project, we want to check to be sure that what we have so far is a good description of the project’s scope.

1.Understanding product vision and project scope
2.Identifying and describing project stakeholders and personas
3.Modeling the business
4.Analyzing the current state and defining the future state
5.Identifying systems and actors
6.Determining scope
7.Understanding and identifying use cases and user stories
8.Taking the Agile approach: writing user stories
9.Identifying and defining data
10.Documenting business rules
11.Finding quality attributes
12.Defining and documenting the project scope

Practice sessions:

•Modeling the business
•Brainstorming and affinity mapping
•User stories
•Context diagramming
•Use case diagramming
•Activity diagrams with swimlanes
•High-level data definition
•Entity relationship diagramming
•Writing business rules and quality attributes
•Evaluate a Scope Definition Document

V. Eliciting Detailed Requirements

Savvy business analysts and project team members have a variety of techniques for finding the detailed functional and non-functional requirements on their projects. This section introduces several of the most powerful and effective analysis techniques and discusses their use in requirements elicitation. As various techniques are covered, the workshop explores how to capture and document the requirements, including effective requirements analysis and traceability.

1.Overview of requirements-elicitation techniques
2.Decompose processes to lowest levels
3.Document analysis
4.Modeling processes to generate interview questions
5.Interviewing the stakeholders
6.Documenting the interview and resulting requirements
7.Adding detail to requirements we already have
8.Refining and rewriting for clarity

Practice sessions:

•Elicitation techniques—advantages/disadvantages
•Detailed process modeling
•Generating good interview questions
•Coping with challenging situations
•Interview simulations
•Writing new requirements and refining existing requirements
•Roles and Permissions matrix, CRUD matrix, and CRUD functional requirements

VI. Improving Requirements Quality

After we’ve elicited the detailed requirements for our project, we want to analyze and refine the requirements. Writing requirements is one thing—writing “good” or “effective” requirements is another matter. As we are hearing and documenting requirements from our stakeholders, we should be evaluating them for effectiveness and refining/rewriting those that are not. In this section, we’ll learn to derive maximum benefit from reviews throughout the life cycle. We’ll then take a closer look at the issue of requirements quality, focusing on writing effective requirements through analysis, refinement, and review. Finally, we’ll discuss how to document the scope of the project to minimize rework and scope creep.

1.Requirements quality
2.Common problems with requirements
3.Analyze for ambiguity
4.Requirements inspection, analysis, and improvement

Practice sessions:

•Analyze and rewrite requirements

VII. Documenting Requirements with Use Cases and User Stories

Developing use cases is fairly straightforward, but someone actually has to document the use cases and requirements discovered during the requirements elicitation process. There is also an art to writing user stories and defining acceptance criteria for the requirements. This section of the workshop focuses on how to apply the knowledge you’ve gained so far to writing use cases and user stories. It also examines more complex aspects of uses cases, including sub-use cases and use-case linkages in larger systems.

1.Better user stories using the INVEST model
2.Defining acceptance criteria
3.Decomposition of user stories
4.Considering use cases for decomposing user stories
5.Use case basics
6.Ways to identify use cases
7.Use cases and requirements
8.Usage narrative
9.Anatomy of a fully dressed use case
10.Writing effective use case narratives
11.Understanding sub-use cases
12.Linking use cases for larger or more complex systems
13.Use case quality
14.Avoiding common traps and pitfalls

Practice sessions:

•Write acceptance criteria and perform peer reviews
•Decompose user stories
•Write a usage narrative
•Write a fully dressed use case and perform peer reviews
•Check use case quality

VIII. Packaging and Presenting Requirements

Once we’ve worked with stakeholders to define their functional and non-functional requirements and to document, refine, and organize the requirements, we have to package those requirements into a specification. In addition, most systems also possess a significant number of requirements that aren’t necessarily associated with specific business functions. These types of non-functional requirements must also be captured and documented as part of the complete requirement specification. This portion of the Boot Camp covers how to package the requirements into a specification that can be used for system development and testing.

1.Organizing and packaging requirements
2.Presenting requirements for review
3.Baselining the requirements
4.User story backlog management
5.Managing requirements changes
6.Getting to consensus and approval
7.Conducting formal and informal reviews
8.Documenting requirements in a Requirements Specification

Practice sessions:

•Examine and evaluate a sample Requirements Specification
•Discuss strategies for presenting requirements to stakeholders
•Review how to determine impact analysis for changes to the requirements
•Create a personal action plan for success

Who Should Attend?

Anyone involved in business analysis would benefit from this business analyst training course. This business analyst training course is perfect for you if you are a(n)…

•Business customer, user or partner
•Business Analyst
•Business Systems Analyst
•Systems Analyst
•Project Manager or Team Leader
•Systems Architect or Designer
•IT Manager/Director
•Systems or Application Developer
•QA Professional
•Systems Tester
•Anyone wanting to enhance their business analysis skills

Additional Info

Class Length

5 days

Class Locations

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Gainesville, GA-AL, Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX, Birmingham-Hoover-Cullman, AL, Boise City ID, Boston-Worcester-Manchester, MA-RI-NH, Charlotte-Gastonia-Salisbury, NC-SC, Chicago-Naperville-Michigan City, IL-IN-WI, Cincinnati-Middletown-Wilmington, OH-KY-IN, Columbia-Newberry, SC, Columbus-Marion-Chillicothe, OH, Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, Denver-Aurora-Boulder, CO, Des Moines-Newton-Pella, IA, Grand Rapids-Muskegon-Holland, MI, Houston-Baytown-Huntsville, TX, Jacksonville FL, Kansas City-Overland Park-Kansas City, MO-KS, Live Virtual Class-Attend from Anywhere, Madison-Baraboo, WI, Milwaukee-Racine-Waukesha, WI, Minneapolis-St. Paul-St. Cloud, MN-WI, New York-Newark-Bridgeport, NY-NJ-CT-PA, Philadelphia-Camden-Vineland, PA-NJ-DE-MD, Phoenix-Mesa AZ, Portland-Salem OR-WA, Raleigh-Durham-Cary, NC, Sacramento–Arden-Arcade–Yuba City, CA-NV, Salt Lake City-Ogden-Clearfield, UT, San Diego CA, San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA, St. Louis-St. Charles-Farmington, MO-IL, Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater FL, Washington-Baltimore-Northern Virginia, DC-MD-VA-WV

Class Dates

Apr 05, 2016 thru Apr 08, 2016, Apr 06, 2016 thru Apr 09, 2016, Apr 11, 2016 thru Apr 14, 2016, Apr 12, 2016 thru Apr 15, 2016, Apr 18, 2016 thru Apr 21, 2016, Apr 18, 2016 thru Apr 22, 2016, Apr 19, 2016 thru Apr 22, 2016, Apr 25, 2016 thru Apr 28, 2016, Apr 26, 2016 thru Apr 29, 2016, Dec 07, 2015 thru Dec 10, 2015, Dec 07, 2015 thru Dec 11, 2015, Dec 08, 2015 thru Dec 11, 2015, Dec 14, 2015 thru Dec 17, 2015, Dec 14, 2015 thru Dec 18, 2015, Feb 01, 2016 thru Feb 04, 2016, Feb 02, 2016 thru Feb 05, 2016, Feb 08, 2016 thru Feb 11, 2016, Feb 08, 2016 thru Feb 12, 2016, Feb 09, 2016 thru Feb 12, 2016, Feb 16, 2016 thru Feb 19, 2016, Feb 22, 2016 thru Feb 26, 2016, Feb 23, 2016 thru Feb 26, 2016, Jan 05, 2016 thru Jan 08, 2016, Jan 11, 2016 thru Jan 14, 2016, Jan 19, 2016 thru Jan 22, 2016, Jan 25, 2016 thru Jan 28, 2016, Jan 25, 2016 thru Jan 29, 2016, Mar 01, 2016 thru Mar 04, 2016, Mar 07, 2016 thru Mar 10, 2016, Mar 15, 2016 thru Mar 18, 2016, Mar 21, 2016 thru Mar 24, 2016, Mar 21, 2016 thru Mar 25, 2016, Mar 22, 2016 thru Mar 25, 2016, Mar 28, 2016 thru Mar 31, 2016, Mar 29, 2016 thru Apr 01, 2016, Oct 03, 2016 thru Oct 06, 2016, Sep 27, 2016 thru Sep 30, 2016

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Course Hours:
This course begins promptly at 8:30 AM and ends at 4:30 PM, unless otherwise noted on the course page or in email notifications. Please arrive at 8:00 AM on the first morning of class to sign-in and meet your fellow attendees.

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