Programming & Development

BA01 - Business Analysis Essentials


This is an introductory course designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of the benefits, functions and impact a business analyst has within an organization. The course discusses the business analysis process as it is applied throughout a project as well as the pre-project activities that comprise strategy analysis. Participants learn how a business analyst supports the project throughout the solution development life cycle, from defining business needs and solution scope to validating that requirements have been met in the testing phase and ensuring the solution continues to provide value after implementation. After completing this course, participants will fully understand the characteristics of the business analyst role and the components that comprise the profession of business analysis. Students will obtain a solid working vocabulary to enable effective communication about business analysis activities and deliverables across the project team. NOTE: This course will earn you 14 PDUs.

Who Should Attend
Designed for individuals new to the business analyst role or those who supervise and/or work with business analysts

Course Objectives
• Understand the role of the business analyst • Discuss industry standards/resources for obtaining more information about business analysis • Acquire a solid understanding of the various tasks/activities that comprises business analysis • Recognize the pre and post project business analysis activities • Learn how to plan, elicit, analyze, model, and test requirements

Course Outline:

Business analysis defined
The activities that comprise business analysis
IIBA/PMI and the goals of a professional association
IIBA’s BABOK® Guide and PMI’s Practice Guide in Business Analysis
Exercise: Requirements challenges
Business analyst defined
BA role vs. PM role
Importance of communication/collaboration
The deliverables produced as part of business analysis
The BA career path
Exercise: Review case Study
The definition of Strategy Analysis
Components of Strategy Analysis
Identifying stakeholders and business needs
Business Need development
RACI Stakeholder Identification
Defining Solution Scope
Project scope vs. product scope
Defining a problem statement
Techniques for defining scope
Conduct a brainwriting session
Create a context diagram
Optional exercise:
Create a Use Case Diagram
Define the term requirement
Understand requirement types
Present the requirements process
Requirements vs. specifications and business rules
Exercise: Identify Requirements
The Requirements Work Plan (RWP)
Components of the RWP
Identifying good questions for elicitation
Active listening
Categories and types of elicitation techniques
Exercise: Planning for elicitation
Understanding requirements analysis
The Business Requirements Document (BRD)
The BRD vs. the functional requirements specification
BRD components
The purpose of packaging requirements
Exercise: Analyzing Requirements
Why models are created
Objectives of modeling
What is process management
Understanding process modeling
Modeling using BPMN
AS-IS vs. TO-BE modeling
BPMN subclasses
BPMN simple structure
Business Process Modeling case study
Create a Prototype of your application
The difference between validation and verification
Characteristics of good requirements
Risks associated with requirements
Types of testing approaches
Creating a test plan
Requirements traceability matrix
Verified and validated requirements
Exercise: Testing Requirements
Helpful links for obtaining additional business analysis information

Enroll in this course


Need Help Finding The Right Training Solution?

Our training advisors are here for you.