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Business Analyst

Summary:

 

This course is structured around a series of activities in which you gain practical modeling experience. In the context of a real-world case study, you apply best practices in business requirement gathering, documentation and stakeholder

management to help you fulfill your crucial role as a business analyst.

Course Specifics:

1. Introduction to Business Analysis

  • Importance of Effective Business Analysis

  • Role of the BA

  • Standardization and Adaptability

2. Requirements Planning

  • Role of the BA in Requirements Planning

  • Vision and Scope Document

  • Types of Requirements

  • Stakeholders

  • Business Analysis Plan

  • Homework

3. Requirements Elicitation

  • Role of the BA in Requirements Elicitation

    • Investigative approach

    • Iterative approach

  • Techniques

    • Interviews

    • Focus groups

    • Requirements workshop: Requirements meeting.

    • Requirements workshop: JAD session

    • Brainstorming

    • Observation

    • Survey

    • Prototype

    • Document analysis

    • Business rules analysis

    • Reverse engineering

    • Product trials

    • Labs

  • Group Project

4. Requirements Analysis & Design

  • Need for Analysis

  • Using Analysis to get Stakeholder Feedback and Verify and Validate Developing Requirements

  • Value of Modeling Techniques in Analysis

  • Modeling Techniques

    • Organizational model

    • Location model

    • Process/flow models

    • Use case models.

    • Data models

    • State model

  • Types of Requirements

  • Business Rules Analysis

  • Prioritizing Requirements

  • Verifying and Validating Requirements

  • Group Project

5. Requirements Documentation (BRD)

  • Formal and Informal Documentation and the, Level of Detail Required

  • Writing for Usability and Comprehension

  • Common Requirements Document Defects

  • Components of a Formal Requirements Document

  • Requirements Verification and Validation

  • Requirements Sign-Off

  • UML (Unified Modeling Language) - Labs

  • Group Project

6. Requirements Management and Communication

  • Throughout the Project and to Decommission

  • Change Management

    • Define a baseline.

    • Define a change management process.

    • Identify the Change Authority

  • Traceability and Its Uses

  • Requirements Attributes

  • Requirements Communication

  • Group Discussion

  • Case Study

  • Group Project

7. Business Strategy Management

  • Strategy Definition

  • Why do Companies need Strategy?

  • Strategy Formation

  • LAB: SWOT Analysis

  • Five Force Analysis

  • How to define good Strategy?

  • Strategy Execution

  • Strategy Validation

  • Strategy Implementation Challenge

  • Case Studies: Amazon, Apple, and Google

  • Homework

  • Group Project

8. Enterprise Analysis

  • Definition and Causes

  • Role of the BA on the Enterprise Analysis Team

  • Steps in Enterprise AnalysisDefine the business need.

  • Techniques for root cause analysis

  • Assess capability gaps.

  • SWOT analysis

  • Determine the solution approach.

  • Define the solution scope.

  • Define the business case.

  • Contents of business case

  • Who does what? the BA's limited role in developing a business case?

9. Management Competencies, Best Practices, and Life Cycle Models

  • Competency Proficiency

  • Project Management

  • Sope / Schedule / Cost Management

  • BA Necessary Competencies

  • Analytical thinking and problem solving

  • Behavioral characteristics

  • Business knowledge

  • Communication skills

  • Interaction skills

  • Software application knowledge

  • Best Practices

  • Use iterative analysis.

  • Focus on process improvement.

  • Apply progressive elaboration.

  • Check as you go.

  • Use the investigative approach.

  • Adopt traceability.

  • Formalize business analysis through standardization.

  • Improve communication through modeling.

  • Life Cycle Models

  • Waterfall

  • Incremental

  • Agile Scrum Project Management

  • Effects on business analysis

10. BA Leadership skills

  • Communication Skills

  • Leadership Skills

  • Critical Thinking Skills

  • Business Knowledge

  • IT Knowledge

11. Capstone Project

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