Business Analysis Essentials
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COURSE COST: $1495.00

COURSE TIMES: 9:00am - 4:30pm

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In this instructor-led course, you will explore the role and responsibilities of the business analyst-the communication link between all business areas and a critical player in project success. Learn techniques for ensuring project success every step of the way-from identifying and analyzing potential projects to making sure that the final project product meets the requirements you identified. Through hands-on exercises, you will learn to define the scope of work and master requirements-gathering techniques that will work for a variety of projects and audiences. You will consider the unique needs of customers, stakeholders, and the IT department as you work toward building, documenting, communicating, and managing requirements


This basic course is designed for systems analysts, business analysts, requirements analysts, developers, software engineers, IT project managers, project managers, project analysts, project leaders, senior project managers, team leaders, program managers, testers, and QA specialists There are no prerequisites for this course


*Course Cost listed does not include the cost of courseware or lunch, required in your registration. Please refer to your Enrollment Sales Order or Invoice for the additional cost. If you have any questions, please contact us ( or 207-775-0244). Course subject to a minimum enrollment.


In this course, you will gain the following skills:
Understanding the role of the business analyst
Building and evaluating a business case
Planning, managing, analyzing, documenting, and communicating requirements
Conducting effective interviews, group workshops, and questionnaires
Performing data mining
Effectively capturing and documenting business rules
Fostering consensus and agreement
Ensuring requirements are met

1. Foundational Concepts
Describe business analysis and the role of the business analyst.
Define the BABOKŪ Guide requirements classification scheme.
Explore the six business analysis knowledge areas.
Map business analysis activities to a generic project life cycle.
Understand the content and intent of the BABOKŪ Guide.
Recognize the basic contents, structure, and intent of the BABOKŪ Guide.

2. Controlled Start: Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring
Select the business analysis approach for the project.
Perform stakeholder identification, analysis, and categorization.
Plan work activities performed by the business analyst.
Address business analysis communication.
Plan the requirements management process.
Manage and monitor the business analysis effort.

3. Manage and monitor the business analysis effort.
Describe and understand the business need.
Assess capability gaps in the organization.
Determine the most feasible business solution approach.
Define the resulting solution scope.
Build a business case for the proposed solution.

4. Overachieving Tasks: Requirements Management and Communications
Manage solution scope and requirements.
Requirements should be S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound)
Types of Requirements (definition, examples, etc)
Manage requirements traceability.
Maintain requirements for reuse after implementation.
Prepare requirements packages using the appropriate
Communicate the requirements while managing stakeholder expectations

5. Controlled Middle: Elicitation
Prepare for elicitation.
Conduct elicitation activity.
Conflicts during elicitation and how to resolve them (two different stakeholders want a requirement addressed differently)
Document elicitation results.
Confirm elicitation results.

6. Controlled Middle: Requirements Analysis
Prioritize requirements.
Organize requirements.
Specify and model requirements.
Define assumptions and constraints.
Verify requirements.
Validate requirements.
What happens if a requirement needs to be changed

7. Controlled End: Solution Assessment and Validation
Assess proposed solution.
Allocate requirements.
Assess organizational readiness.
Define transition requirements.
Writing effective test scenarios/cases
Preparing for testing (systems, test data, environment, etc)
Validate solution.
Evaluating solution performance while managing testing and test outcomes.

8. Underlying Competencies
Analytical thinking and problem-solving skills
Key business-analysis behavioral characteristics
Business and software knowledge
Communication and interaction skills

9. Test Prep
Discuss experience requirements for the CBAP and CCBATM exams.
Calculate your hours of business analysis experience.
Review additional exam eligibility requirements.
Navigate the steps of the exam application process.