Programming & Development

BA08 - Agile for Business Analysts


In this course, you will gain an understanding about agile business analysis. You will learn how business analysis on an agile project is ‘the same’ and ‘different’ than business analysis performed on waterfall projects. You will understand how the business analysis role changes on an agile team. A number of business analysis techniques suited for supporting agile teams will be introduced as will the various standards available to the community to help teams and organizations transition. Since few organizations are pure agile, you will also learn about delivery approaches that use a combination of practices from waterfall and agile and will also be introduced to the important concept of business analysis tailoring – the key skill used to adapt business analysis skills to all environments – regardless of the delivery life cycle selected. NOTE: This course will earn you 14 PDUs.

Who Should Attend
Anyone with the need to understand how business analysis is performed to support agile projects or who must transition their existing business analysis skills and practices from waterfall to agile.

Course Objectives
• Understand the fundamentals of agile delivery and agile business analysis • Compare and contrast business analysis on waterfall and agile projects • Explain the value proposition for agile product development • Define the 4 main types of project life cycles • Complete an in-depth walkthrough of the agile delivery life cycle • Explain the major flavors of agile • Understand the major standards available to assist in transition of skills • Define business analysis tailoring and understand how to apply it • Learn over 20 business analysis techniques commonly used on agile projects

Course Outline:

Learning and course objectives
What is agile
The Agile Manifesto
Agile principles
Agile benefits
Hands-on activity
The current state of agile
Agile trends
Agile skills
Value proposition
The business case for agile
The BA role changes on an agile project
Hands-on activity
Project life cycle
Product life cycle
Incremental versus Iterative
Hybrid approaches to delivery
Choosing a project life cycle
The agile development life cycle
A sequence of iterations
Essential concepts
Inside each iteration
Iteration goal
Iteration planning
Sequence of tasks
Work period
End of iteration activities
Evaluation and feedback
Structured walkthroughs
Evaluation guidelines
The BA role in structured walkthroughs
Scripting scenarios
Defect list
Hands-on exercise
6 - Module 5 – Type of Agile Delivery Approaches
What is business analysis?
What is agile business analysis?
Framework for agile business analysis
Business analysis components
International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®)
Project Management Institute (PMI®)
Context to business analysis
Our industry BA standards
Our industry Agile BA standards
Product Owners
What stays the same
What is expected to change
Agile requirements deliverables
Lightweight documentation
Requirements repository
Where business analysis fits in
The BA workload
Business analysis tailoring (defined)
Tailoring considerations
What tailoring looks like
The PMI Guide to Business Analysis
Determining the ‘best’ BA approach
Methodology vs Standard
Why use methodologies
Determining your methodology
Business analysis impacts
Agile BA techniques
Backlog refinements
Behavior Driven Development (BDD)
Burndown chart
Collaborative games
Definition of done
Definition of ready
Iteration planning
Kanban board
Minimum marketable features (MMF)
Minimum viable product (MVP)
Narrative writing
Persona analysis
Product roadmap
Progressive Elaboration
Purpose alignment model
Story slicing
Hands-on Exercise
Requirements prioritization
Prioritizing on agile projects
Prioritization criteria
Business benefit
Pair-choice comparison
Setting priorities with multi-voting
Cost to acquire and operate
Determining business value
Story point estimating
Planning poker
Project velocity
Hands-on activity
Making the transition to agile
How my role will be different
Course summary
BA Techniques Table
Pair Choice Spreadsheet
Class Exercises
Exercise 1: Self-organizing teams
Exercise 2: Review the case study
Exercise 3: Create user personas
Exercise 4: Create user stories
Exercise 5: Applying the INVEST technique
Exercise 6: Planning poker to prioritize

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