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Fundamentals of Business Analysis

Our Fundamentals of Business Analysis training course is available to be delivered on-site at your organisation at a time to suit you.

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 effective relationships with project stakeholders.

The course focuses on learning how to do business analysis in the real world and is mainly concerned with the role of the business analyst in developing an IT solution.

The course is highly interactive and practical with around 50% of training time devoted to practical exercises. Delegates are encouraged to learn through group exercises including a detailed case study.

The course case study and framework are based on a relatively formal 'waterfall' approach but introduce concepts and deliverables used within agile projects

Close team work is essential and delegates are encouraged to make short informal presentations at the end of each exercise to build their confidence and develop the skills of peer group review.

Intended Audience

Our Fundamentals of Business Analysis course is suited to Business Analysts recently placed in the role or to Business Analysts 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.

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
  • Provides a framework to be adopted by teams who might currently be using a mix of different techniques and deliverables
  • Can be used as a tool for uncovering and addressing issues faced by existing Business Analysts or Business Analyst teams

The course is also suited to individuals embarking on a career in change management, IT or project management, as it provides a useful insight into the project lifecycle and the need for robust requirements and a rigorous and methodical approach.

The course is also suited to individuals embarking on a career in change management, IT or project management, as it provides a useful insight into the project lifecycle and the need for robust requirements and a rigorous and methodical approach.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course the Business Analyst will be able to:

  • Integrate into a project team environment with an understanding of their role, key responsibilities and relationship with fellow project members
  • Work with business stakeholders to gather and document different types and levels of requirement
  • Work with business stakeholders to define, scope and initiate a project
  • Understand how project approaches such as Agile affect the BA role
  • Break-down complex business scenarios or problems into process and data models
  • Apply techniques to validate requirements and uncover missing requirements ensuring a robust end-to-end solution
  • Apply end-to-end thinking to complex business and system problems to ensure 'right first time' solutions
  • Work with stakeholders to develop optimum solutions to defined requirements
  • Confidently present findings to business users and their project team
  • Support the business in implementing the solution

Course Structure

The course is split into eight different modules. On-site clients may choose to exclude certain modules if required.

  • Module 1 - Introduction to the BA Role
  • Module 2 - Project Definition and Scoping
  • Module 3 - Interviewing and fact finding
  • Module 4 - Requirements Definition
  • Module 5 - Process Modelling
  • Module 6 - Entity/Data Modelling
  • Module 7 - Producing and executing test scripts
  • Module 8 - Managing Delivery

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

Case Study

A team based case study is used throughout covering all the course modules as well as dealing with:

  • User Conflicts
  • System integration issues
  • Changes to requirements/scope
  • Business process changes
  • Organisational change

Delegates are encouraged to make short informal presentations at the end of each case study exercise to build their confidence.

Course Preparation

This course does not require any pre-work.

Course Information

The duration of this course is four days. Courses run from approximately 9.00 until 5.30 daily. The course duration can be reduced to 3 days for those requiring a shorter course.

This course does not include an examination.

A 5-day Fundamentals of Business Analysis including BCS Requirements Engineering course is also available for those who would like to take an exam to gain a formal qualification as part of the course.

Additional Modules for on-site Clients

On-site clients can choose to select any of the following additional modules which may be used to extend the course duration, or to replace some of the content listed above:

  • Test Scripting and Test Execution
  • User Experience Basics
  • Data Conversion for BAs
  • Business Case and Finance Basics
  • Working with Offshore Development Teams

Details of the content of the above modules is available upon request.

To arrange a Fundamentals of Business Analysis training course for your organisation please contact us. You can call us on 0207 112 8982 or e-mail Bev@BA-Solutions.co.uk