American Management Association Seminars

Business Analysis Fundamentals
Seminar No: 06101-XNBB
CEU Credits: 1.8
Length: 3 days

Every year, companies devote huge expenditures to implementing systems for achieving their crucial projects—and end up wasting that money because they’ve chosen the wrong system.

That’s why the field of business analysis is growing rapidly: it can prevent costly mistakes by helping organizations effectively define and complete projects to deliver the right solutions to all stakeholders.

Using the well-defined business analysis framework found in the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK™), this course provides an overview of the foundation skills required to perform this key project role. Covering six areas of the BABOK™, it can also be an important first step toward passing the Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP™) Exam. Ultimately, this hands-on seminar can help ensure that you and your company choose and implement the right solutions for all future projects and initiatives.

How You Will Benefit

  • Learn the foundational skills, knowledge and competencies of a business analyst as specified in the BABOK™
  • Understand the business analyst strategic and enterprise analysis role
  • Prepare a business case, initial risk assessment and decision package
  • Learn the foundational skills in requirements planning and management
  • Develop and specify requirements that can be successfully implemented by a project team
  • Ensure stakeholders have a shared understanding of the requirements and how they will be implemented
  • Learn basic solution assessment and validation skills
What You Will Cover
  • Understanding fundamentals of the business analysis profession
  • The business analyst’s role in enterprise analysis
  • Requirements planning and management
  • Collecting requirements from project stakeholders (requirements elicitation)
  • Requirements analysis and documentation
  • Ensuring stakeholders have a shared understanding of the requirements
  • Solution assessment and validation
Who Should Attend

Systems analysts, business analysts, requirements analysts, business process owners, developers, software engineers, project managers, project analysts and project leaders.

Extended Seminar Outline

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the Role of the Business Analyst Before, During, and After Projects Are Initiated to Create and/or Change Business Processes, Policies, and Information Systems
  • Focus on the Needs of the Business as a Whole During Enterprise Analysis Where the Business Problem/Opportunity Is Defined and the Right Solution Is Selected
  • Describe the Process of Planning, Developing, and Managing Solution Requirements During the Project
  • Develop—Gather, Analyze, Document, Communicate and Validate—Solution Requirements During the Project
  • Assess and Validate Proposed, in Progress, and Implemented Solutions
Module 1
  • Describe the Profession of the Business Analyst (BA)
  • Explore the Contents, Structure and Intent of the BABOK®
  • Allocate BA Activities
  • Compare Project Manager and Business Analyst Roles
  • Study the BA Overlook
  • Consider and Prioritize the Skills and Knowledge Necessary for an Effective Business Analyst
Module 2
  • Build a Framework for a Convincing Business Case
  • Recognize Business Architectures
  • Practice Project Sizing and Scaling
  • Evaluate the Preliminary Proposed Product Scope
  • Identify, Describe, Categorize, and Summarize Key Stakeholders
  • Provide the Decision Package to Strategic Business Makers
  • Select and Prioritize Deliverables That Support the Business Analyst During Pre-Project Enterprise Analysis
Module 3
  • Discover What Are Requirements and Why They are Important
  • Evaluate Your Requirements Process
  • Identify Requirements Risks and a Risk Management Approach
  • Describe How You Will Manage Requirements Changes
  • Selecting Activities That Support the Business Analyst During the Project Requirements Planning Phase
Module 4
  • Understand Requirement Process Iteration
  • Practice Effective Requirements Elicitation Techniques
  • Analyze Functional and Nonfunctional Requirements
  • Recognize Requirements Constraints and Assumptions
  • Recognize Requirements Attributes
  • Use Data Behavior, Process/Flow, and Usage Modeling Techniques
  • Select Deliverables That Support the Business Analyst During Requirements Elicitation and Analysis
  • Evaluate Formats for Effective Business and User Requirements Documents
Module 5
  • Validate Traceable Requirements
  • Verify Well-Formed Requirements
  • Package Requirements for Presentation
  • Present Requirements to Stakeholders
  • Manage Requirements Conflicts
  • Select Deliverables That Support the Business Analyst During Requirements Documentation, Communication, and Validation
Module 6
  • Ensure Solution Usability
  • Verify the Solution
  • Support Solution Implementation
  • Provide Solution Training
  • Assess the Solution Post-Implementation
  • Consider Deliverables That Support the Business Analyst During Project and Post-Project Solution Assessment, Validation and Support
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