Business Analyst Training: 4 Key Focus Points
Business analysts (BAs) have traditionally been relied upon to define business requirements and translate them into clear language. As today’s business environment grows increasingly complex and project-based workers are forced to have more adaptable mindsets to get their work done, the discipline of business analysis has also evolved significantly. BAs are now key players in helping create the strategy that drives projects to succeed.
Strategy Execution's business analysis courses have been recently updated to keep pace with these changing business needs. The curriculum focuses on four key competencies: enterprise business analysis, strategy analysis, benefits management, and requirements management.
Our training will illustrate how BAs act as a catalyst to transform strategic planning into actionable scope to achieve operational improvement. You’ll also gain a thorough understanding of how to elicit justifiable, verifiable and traceable requirements, and manage them through the entire requirements process.
Fundamentals of Business Analysis
Fundamentals of Business Analysis addresses the entire scope of business analysis: before, during and after a solution to a business problem is implemented, and also includes enterprise business analysis. It is an broad and shallow overview to allow an understanding of the value that business analysis delivers in terms of executing strategy – both doing the right work and doing the right work right.
Defining Business Needs and Solution Scope
Defining the Business Needs and Solution Scope applies an approach to using business analysis skills at the “fuzzy front end” of a change initiative or even before! Prior to launching an initiative to affect any sort of organizational change, be very clear about the desired business outcomes, determine a solution scope, identify and assess all the viable options, scrutinize each of the options, and then make sure you understand all that is involved in the change initiative, including required costs, resources and risks.
Eliciting and Managing Requirements
Eliciting and Managing Requirements is designed for individuals responsible for doing just that—eliciting requirements from users and stakeholders and managing those requirements throughout solution development. The course looks at the processes around solution scope validation, collaborative elicitation, modeling the solution, documenting effective requirements, solution validation, requirements change management, and how to plan the work necessary to successfully drive the whole process.
Analyzing Benefits and Refining Solutions
Analyzing Benefits and Refining Solutions applies an approach to using business analysis skills that addresses the work needed to ensure that a solution, once in place, actually delivers the business value that was expected of it, and to optimize that business value over its useful life.
Enterprise Business Analysis
Enterprise Business Analysis applies an approach to business analysis to deal with complexity and change on an enterprise-wide basis. Enterprise-wide business analysis is a skill set that helps individuals address broad organizational issues which may be encountered when
Facilitation Techniques for Business Analysis
Those practicing business analysis spend a significant amount of time facilitating sessions to gather requirements and other information. Yet, many facilitators lack formal training on how to effectively do so. A successful facilitation session results in requirements and information that can be analyzed and worked with once the session is complete. Facilitation Techniques for Business Analysis focuses on teaching the facilitation skills necessary to elicit and analyze requirements on a project.
Testing Techniques for Tracking and Validating Requirements
Don’t underestimate the importance of testing! To ensure project success, planning and executing the testing process must begin as soon as the vision and scope for the solution takes shape. As the requirements for the solution are elicited, the business analyst and the test team develop and refine a master test plan. This plan incorporates test strategies to identify any defects in the requirements, solution or corresponding documentation.
Business Data Modeling
This business data modeling training course explores business rules, policies and procedures and how they can be modeled effectively. Participants will learn entity relationship diagramming, super and sub-types, attributive and associative entities, and documenting data constraints. The course's logical data modeling approaches focus on the important requirements of the business that are discovered through significant user involvement during the analysis phase. You will also learn how to create models without being limited by technology or organizational structure.
Business Process Modeling
This highly interactive course provides participants the opportunity to perform the four phases of a process improvement project-define, analyze, implement and control-which have been derived from the leading process improvement models in the industry.
Developing Use Cases
As a fundamental component to identifying requirements for a new system, business analysts must be able to illustrate how "actors", such as end users, stakeholders, or related systems, will be affected once the new system is implemented. This process, also known as Use Case Modeling, provides business analysts with a powerful tool for documenting functional requirements-and the interactions between these requirements-in a manner that can be easily communicated to designers, programmers, project manager, and other project stakeholders.
BAAppraise measures knowledge of 23 business analysis best practices and six business analysis phases identified by ESI subject-matter experts. Also measures results against the knowledge areas of the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK® Guide)
Foundations of Business Analysis
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.
How to Gather and Document User Requirements
Incomplete requirements are often cited as the number-one reason projects or systems fail. Accurately identifying requirements and staying on course from the beginning is key to success in today’s business world.