Business Analysis Essentials

Basic Training for New Business Analysts

Registration Fee: $995.00 per person

Team Registration Fee (3 or more attendees): $795.00 per person

- For beginning analysts who need a formal introduction to the role of the Business Analyst in the systems
  development life cycle. 
- Define and develop the skill sets a new analyst needs to begin a productive career. 
- A seminar for essential business systems analysis methodologies, processes, and deliverables.
Availability and Duration
  • On-Site at at Your Location - 2 Days- Get a quote.
  • Open Enrollment - Virtual Classsroom - 13 Hours
  • Private Group Session - Virtual Classroom - 13 Hours - Get a quote.
Background and Objective
Business Analysts play an essential role in project success, serving as the critical bridge between business needs and information technology solutions. This seminar provides business analysts and their managers with a comprehensive introduction to the basic roles, responsibilities, and tasks that a business analysts will be expected to perform. The seminar follows the International Institute of Business Analysis™ Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK®) version 3.0. The seminar is useful for anyone considering, new to, or functioning in the BA role. Experienced BAs who want to get current with the new 3.0 BABOK® will also benefit.
What You Will Learn
During this program you will gain the fundamental skills and knowledge to: 
  • Understand what business analysis is, as defined by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA).
  • Understand the core concepts fundamental to business analysis, regardless of industry, perspective, or specific methods used.
  • Support an organization before projects by analyzing need, building a business case with which to propose a needed project, and ensuring change strategies align with the organization.
  • Plan and monitor the business analysis effort needed to support a business area and work effectively with them.
  • Contribute to projects as an effective business analyst  by eliciting, collaborating, and communicating.
  • Document, analyze, and gain consensus on requirements during a project using a variety of formats, including text and models.
  • Manage and maintain requirements throughout their life cycle, including changes to previously agreed upon requirements.
  • Support an organization after projects are completed by evaluating and maximizing the value delivered by projects.
Who Should Attend
This seminar is intended for new business and systems analysts and managers of business analysts, as well as others responsible for bridging the gap between business and technical aspects of a project.  No level of technical expertise is required. Experienced BAs who want to formalize their understanding of business analysis or become familiar with the BABOK® version 3 will also benefit from this seminar.
Virtual Classroom Schedule
Virtual classroom sessions are conducted as follows:
1:00 pm to 4:15 pm DAILY, Eastern Time (New York)

Virtual sessions are delivered using Cisco Webex Meeting Center. When you join the online meeting using the link provided in a confirmation email, you will be asked to either phone a US toll number or connect using a computer head set. If you phone in to the audio conference using the toll number provided, long distance toll charges will apply. If you connect using a computer head set with microphone (VOIP), no toll charges will apply.
Introduction to Business Systems Analysis
  • Business analysis: what it is, how it contributes to project success
  • Business analysis core concepts, knowledge areas, and terminology
  • Key responsibilities and tasks of a business analyst
  • Business analyst aliases
  • Stakeholder definition and types
  • Requirements definition and types
  • Techniques used and underlying competencies needed
  • Initiative perspectives
  • Workshop 
Strategy Analysis: Initiating a Project
  • Analyzing current state 
  • Defining future state goals, objectives, and change opportunities
  • Assessing risks
  • Defining a change strategy and scope
  • Workshop
Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring
  • Planning the business analysis approach
  • Planning stakeholder engagement
  • Planning business analysis governance (policies and processes to be followed
  • Planning Information management
  • Identifying performance improvement mechanisms
  • Workshop
Elicitation and Collaboration
  • Preparing to elicit
  • Conduction elicitation
  • Confirming results
  • Communicating and managing stakeholder collaboration
  • Tips and techniques for effective elicitation
  • Workshop

Requirements Analysis and Design Definition
  • Specifying and modelling requirements
  • Verifying and validating requirements
  • Defining requirements architecture
  • Defining solution options
  • Recommending a solution based on value assessment
  • Workshop
Requirements Life Cycle Management
  • Tracing and maintaining requirements
  • Prioritizing requirements
  • Assessing requirements changes
  • Approving requirements
  • Workshop
Solution Evaluation
  • Measuring and analyzing solution performance
  • Assessing solution and enterprise limitations
  • Recommending actions to increase value added
  • Workshop
Introduction to Key Techniques
  • Root Cause Analysis
  • Risk Analysis
  • Prioritization
  • Scope Modeling
  • Brainstorming
  • Questioning
  • Requirements documentation (statement structure and user stories)
  • Process Modeling
  • Use Case Modeling
  • Data Modeling
  • Business Rules Analysis
  • Lessons Learned
  • Workshop
Resources for Business Analysis
  • IIBA Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK®) version 3.0: Evolving guidelines on knowledge all BAs should have
  • Industry standards: IEEE software engineering standards to help you identify processes and activities as well as document contents
  • Capability Maturity Models: CMM and CMMI: Aids to move towards higher quality software and more effective, efficient projects