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Foundations of Business Analysis

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Delivery Method PDU Total Technical PMP/PgMp Leadership Strategy PMI RMP PMI SP PMI ACP PfMP PMI PBA
e-Training 21 21 0 0 0 2 0 0 21
Instructor-led training 21 21 0 0 0 2 0 0 21
Virtual instructor-led training 21 21 0 0 0 2 0 0 21
Delivery Method e-Training Instructor-led training Virtual instructor-led training
PDU Total 21 21 21
Technical PMP/PgMp 21 21 21
Leadership 0 0 0
Strategy 0 0 0
PMI RMP 0 0 0
PMI SP 2 2 2
PMI ACP 0 0 0
PfMP 0 0 0
PMI PBA 21 21 21
  • CDUs: 21.0 BABOK V2.0 used in the CDU approval of this course
  • CEUs: 2.1
  • CPEs: 25
  • Field of Study: Business Management & Organization
  • PDUs: 21

At the project’s earliest stages the business analyst is key to defining the requirements, as well as planning, defining and validating project scope. It’s important to have an understanding of the breadth of knowledge that a business analyst brings to the project team when developing business solutions.

This introductory course provides participants with a basic understanding of the benefits, functions and impact of this critical role. The target audience for this course includes those who are new to the business analyst role or those who supervise and/or work with business analysts. This course provides a special focus on the business analysis function as it relates to developing IT solutions, given that such an understanding is essential for project success.

The course discusses the business analysis process as it is applied throughout a project, including the pre-project activities that comprise enterprise analysis. Delegates will learn how a business analyst supports the project throughout the solution development lifecycle, from establishing the solution vision and scope in the analysis phase to validating that requirements have been met in the testing phase.

After completing this course, attendees will understand why and when to involve the business analysis function. 

This course is aligned with version 2.0 of A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide)™.


  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of the business analyst
  • Define requirements 
  • Explain the importance of managing risk
  • Define the solution vision and scope
  • Plan the requirements elicitation process
  • Recognise the importance of analysing and documenting requirements
  • Explain the role of modelling for documenting and communicating requirements
  • Perform requirements validation and traceability  

This course uses digital materials.

  • Analysing and Documenting Requirements

    Analysing requirements

    Characteristics of effective requirements

    The Business Requirements Document (BRD)

    The BRD vs. the technical specifications document

    Components of the BRD

    BRD validation techniques


  • Assessing and Validating Requirements

    Validation and verification

    V-Model of testing

    Levels and types of testing

    The master test plan

    Test scenarios and test cases


  • Developing the Solution Vision and Scope

    Defining solution vision and scope

    Vision and scope report

    Conducting a visioning workshop

    Validating solution scope


  • Introduction

    What is business analysis?

    Best practices in business analysis

    Benefits of business analysis

  • Modeling Requirements

    Modelling requirements

    Models vs. diagrams

    AS-IS vs. TO-BE modeling

    Types of models

    Models and the BRD

  • Planning and Eliciting Requirements

    The Requirements Work Plan (RWP)

    Components of the RWP

    Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

    Elicitation keys to success

    Elicitation techniques

    Preparing for change

  • Supporting the Project Portfolio

    The project portfolio

    Strategic enterprise analysis

    Solution Development Life Cycle (SDLC)

  • The Role of the Business Analyst

    The business analysis process

    BA role vs. project manager role

    BA competencies

    The BA career path

  • Understanding Requirements and Business Rules

    Functional, nonfunctional and implementation requirements

    Requirements vs. specifications

    Requirements vs. business rules

    Risk management and risk response strategies


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