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. You'll learn how a business analyst supports the project throughout the solution development life cycle, 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, you will understand why and when to involve the business analysis function.
Reminder: Participants who have taken Introduction to Business Analysis should not take Foundations of Business Analysis.
This course is aligned with version 2.0 of the Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK)™.
Identify the roles and responsibilities of the business analyst
Explain the importance of managing risk
Define the solution vision and scope
Plan the requirements elicitation process
Recognize the importance of analyzing and documenting requirements
Explain the role of modeling for documenting and communicating requirements
Perform requirements validation and traceability
This course uses digital materials.
What is business analysis?
Best practices in business analysis
Benefits of business analysis
The Role of the Business Analyst
The business analysis process
BA role vs. project manager role
The BA career path
Supporting the Project Portfolio
The project portfolio
Strategic enterprise analysis
Solution Development Life Cycle (SDLC)
Developing the Solution Vision and Scope
Defining solution vision and scope
Vision and scope report
Conducting a visioning workshop
Validating solution scope
Understanding Requirements and Business Rules
Functional, nonfunctional and implementation requirements
Requirements vs. specifications
Requirements vs. business rules
Risk management and risk response strategies
Planning and Eliciting Requirements
The Requirements Work Plan (RWP)
Components of the RWP
Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
Elicitation keys to success
Preparing for change
Analyzing and Documenting Requirements
Characteristics of effective requirements
The Business Requirements Document (BRD)
The BRD vs. the technical specifications document
Components of the BRD
BRD validation techniques
Models vs. diagrams
AS-IS vs. TO-BE modeling
Types of models
Models and the BRD
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