Business Analysis Boot Camp 3.0

Essential Skills for the Business Analyst

A Five-Day Immersion

Innovations in information technology have had a dramatically positive impact on American business over the last 15 years. Still, research consistently shows that 50% to 70% of software and other large-scale transformation projects fail to deliver the intended business value. Enter the Business Analyst.

Business analysis is the practice of enabling change in an enterprise by defining needs and recommending solutions that deliver value to stakeholders. The Business Analyst enables an enterprise to articulate needs and the rationale for change and to describe solutions that will deliver the desired business results.

The Business Analyst works as a liaison among stakeholders in order to elicit, analyze, communicate, validate and satisfy requirements for changes to business processes, policies and information systems. To succeed in this role, an individual must have a broad range of business, technical and interpersonal skills.  The Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK 3.0) defines these skills in great detail.  This boot camp distills the most essential skills into a five-day workshop. It is not a test prep course but rather a roadmap for success in the increasingly critical role of Business Analyst.

What You Will Learn

  • Understand and define the value your organizational must deliver
  • Gather the information needed to clearly define the requirements
  • Document requirements for use by all stakeholders
  • Analyze, verify and validate requirements
  • Outline and evaluate potential solutions
  • Create a framework to manage requirements and business value

Seminar Outline

Day 1

  • Business Analysis Overview
    o   Key Definitions
    o   Knowledge Areas o   Requirements Development Overview
  • Project Selection
    o   Defining the Business Need
    o   Creating the Business Case
    o   Engaging Stakeholders
  •  BA Planning
    o   Planning BA Tasks
    o   Developing the Communication Strategy

Day 2

  • Elicitation and Collaboration
    o   Understanding the difference
    o   Stakeholder analysis
    o   What to elicit
  • Techniques
    o   Process analysis techniques
    o   Interviews, focus groups, surveys, brainstorming
    o   User stories and Use cases
    o   When, why and how to use the techniques
  • Writing Requirements
    o   Transitioning from elicitation to requirements

Day 3

  • Elaborating the Requirements
    o   Envisioning the future
    o   Additional modeling techniques
    o   Acceptance criteria
    o   The requirements package
  • Getting the Right Requirements Right
    o   Evaluating the requirements
    o   Alignment with the business value

Day 4

  • Solution Design
    o   JAD sessions
    o   Identifying solutions
    o   Evaluating options
  • Managing BA Deliverables
    o   Requirements management plan
    o   Requirements prioritization
    o   Requirements traceability
    o   Change management

Day 5

  • Confirming the Solution
    o   Requirements allocation and traceability
    o   Solution validation
  • Solution Implementation
    o   Transition requirements
    o   Readiness assessment
    o   Implementation and support

Who Should Attend

      • Business Analyst or Technical Analyst
      • Operations Manager
      • IT or Development Manager
      • Systems Analyst or Manager
      • Business Analysis Manager
      • Process Improvement professional
      • Project Manager
      • Requirements Engineer
      • Candidate for CBAP, CCBA or ECBA certification