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Fundamentals of Business Analysis - Including BCS Requirements Engineering

Course Dates, Location & Prices

This 4-day business analysis training course focuses on learning practical business analysis skills that can be used in the workplace. It also includes the BCS Certificate in Requirements Engineering, which is taken on the final afternoon of the course.

Dates Location Price Places Available
23-26 September 2019 London - Holborn £1,295 + VAT Places Available
28-31 October 2019 London - Holborn £1,295 + VAT Places Available
25-28 November 2019 London - Holborn £1,295 + VAT Places Available

Discounts available on this course when it is taken as part of the BCS Diploma in Business Analysis.

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What's Included?

  • 4 day training course
  • BCS Certificate in Requirements Enginering examination
  • Course slides and excerse workbook
  • Sample exam papers and answer sheets
  • Experienced tutors who have also worked on business change projects for at least 10 years
  • Maximum 10 delegates per course
  • Tea, coffee and cold drinks throughout the course

Fundamentals of Business Analysis - Course Overview

This 4-day course focuses on learning practical business analysis skills that can be used in the workplace. Course delegates should be able to return to their working environments and work as an effective Business Analyst, immediately adding value and building relationships with project stakeholders.

The course focuses on learning how to do business analysis in the real world in both agile and formal/waterfall environments. It also covers the whole of the syllabus for the BCS certificate in Requirements Engineering, meaning delegates have the option of taking this exam at the end of the course.

The course is very practical with around 50% of training time devoted to individual and team exercises. During the course, delegates will attend daily stand-ups, produce a product vision and user stories, perform poker planning and interview product owners and other stakeholders. A simple case study is used throughout the course enabling attendees to experience the lifecycle of a project and the deliverables produced. At each stage delegates will learn how more traditional project approaches may work and the factors which may influence the level of agility or formality required in the approach taken.

Delegates work in teams simulating a real project and are encouraged to make short informal presentations at the end of some exercises to build their confidence and develop the skills of peer review.

Intended Audience

Our Fundamentals of Business Analysis course is suited to Business Analysts and Product Owners recently placed in the role or those who have been performing the role for some time but have never received any formal training.

It is suitable as an introduction for anyone thinking about moving into the Business Analysis role or for other change management professionals wanting to gain a more in-depth understanding of the role and responsibilities of the business analyst. This includes scrum masters, testers, developers and project managers.

The course is also suitable for experienced business analysts as it:

  • Provides a reinforcement session for those business analysts who have been doing the job for many years but have never received formal training
  • Introduces consistent language and tools that can be adopted by teams who might currently be using a mix of different techniques and deliverables
  • Introduces Agile as a project lifecycle and contrasts with more formal (Waterfall) approaches
  • Covers the BCS Requirements Engineering syllabus in full so is the start point for the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis

Course Objectives

By the end of the course the attendee will be able to:

  • Integrate into a project or team environment with an understanding of their role, key responsibilities and relationship with fellow project members
  • Apply 80:20 and end-to-end thinking to deliver early business value and right first time solutions
  • Work with business stakeholders to define vision and scope for a project
  • Work with business stakeholders to gather and document different types and levels of requirement
  • Understand how Agile and Waterfall approaches affect the BA's work
  • Break-down complex business scenarios or problems into process and data models
  • Document business change needs as requirements, epics, user stories, features or catalogue entries
  • Validate user stories or requirements against defined quality criteria such as INVEST
  • Support prioritising, estimating and planning processes for an effective transition from requirements to solution
  • Confidently present findings to business stakeholders and their project team

Course Structure

The course covers a number of different modules. The course is run in the style of a project taking delegates from start-up through to delivery with elements of each module being covered when relevant, and also contrasting agile and formal approaches at each stage. Exam based topics are covered in more depth towards the end of the course.

  • Module 1 - Introduction to the Business Analyst Role
  • Module 2 - Starting a Project
  • Module 3 - Agile Principles and Terminology
  • Module 4 - Requirements, User Stories and Features
  • Module 5 - Interviewing, Workshops and Elicitation Techniques
  • Module 6 - Delivering the requirements
  • Module 7 - Business Analysis Tools and Techniques
  • Module 8 - Requirements Engineering Techniques

For a printable version of the full course overview including a description of the above modules please >>click here.

To view or print the full BCS syllabus for Requirements Engineering please >>click here.

BCS Requirements Engineering Exam Details

Delegates interested in achieving a formal qualification can sit the BCS Requirements Engineering exam on the final afternoon of this course, or at a later time during one of our exam only sessions if preferred. The cost of the exam is included in the course price shown above, regardless of whether or not the exam is taken. The format for the exam is a one hour written (open book) examination based on a business scenario with 15 minutes reading time. Delegates must achieve a mark of 50% or more to pass the exam and obtain the BCS certificate. Requirements Engineering is one of four modules required for the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis.

Attendees of this course may go on to attend our 5-day BCS Diploma Top Up training course in order to achieve the remaining required modules for the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis.

Recommended Reading

There is no pre-reading for this course.

Course Information

Prior to September 2019, this course was run over 5-days.

The duration of this course is four days. Courses run from approximately 9:00am until 5:30pm Monday - Thursday. During the last 1 hour 15 minutes of the course candidates have the option to sit the BCS exam in Requirements Engineering.

Around 1 hour of optional homework may be given out on each day of the course to support preparation for the Requirements Engineering exam.

On-site clients may wish to run this as a 5-day course to reduce the level of intensity and allow additional time for discussions around real-life application.

Tea, coffee and cold drinks are available throughout the course. Courses are non-residential, however we can provide a list of recommended hotels close to the venue for those wanting to arrange accommodation.

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