This course will help students:
- Develop creditability as a Business Analyst
- Understand how to organize your business analysis tasks
- Make the most of your stakeholders' time
- Make more accurate estimates for business analysis activities
- Provide clear business analysis approach and scope
- Establish requirements communication vehicle and frequency
- Establish estimates of time commitments for Business Analyst(s) and Stakeholders
- Allow determination of business analysis status
- Establish business analysis deliverables
- Spend more time on requirements to accelerate software development
- Identify efficiency opportunities
- Establish standards for business analysis work plan
- Identify inputs needed for embarking on solution level requirements analysis
- Learn the factors that accelerate and lengthen a requirements development effort
- Understand that there are multiple planning approaches based on the project type, methodology, complexity, etc.
- Understand the impact of stakeholder analysis and involvement on your planning
- Gain an overview of the elicitation techniques to consider when planning
- Gain an overview of the analysis models and how to choose the right one or ones
- Increase probability of project success
- Gain a negotiation tool
Substitution & Cancellation Policy:
You may cancel or reschedule up to 21 days prior to the start date of the class at no penalty. For any cancellation or reschedule requests within 21 days, the full course tuition is still due and not eligible for refund. Any paid tuition will be credited towards a future class and must be used within 12 months.
*Partner delivered courses may be subject to different cancellation terms
Section 1. Introduction
- Overview of the Agenda
- Participant Introductions
- Workshop Goals and Objectives
- Workshop Logistics
Section 2. - Overview of Business Analysis Work Plan – Many times BAs are given a deadline to complete the requirements and with that date in hand start developing detail requirements. The goal appears to be to make the date vs. deliver a quality set of requirements. This section explores these two questions and seeks to explain how we can plan for the unknown.
- What is a business analysis work plan?
- Why should I create a work plan?
Section 3. - Initiating a Business Analysis Effort – This section will contain the following components
- Outputs of Initiation Phase - It is highly likely that the business analyst will not receive all the outputs required from the initiation phase. The business analyst will need to plan for some of this work (namely driving out the high-level scope) to occur in the requirements phase. Understanding what is required to begin requirements engineering for solution level requirements and the quality of these outputs is key to ensuring success.
Group Exercise – Share projects in participant team setting and select one as case study going forward
Group Exercise - Assess the outputs of initiation phase for case study
- Identification of Project Characteristics – Not all projects are created equal, hence some patterns of sameness will emerge. In this section the participants will be provided with three categories of consideration; Project Type, Business Analysis Approach, and Project Complexity.
Group Exercise - Assess the project characteristics for case study
- Stakeholder Analysis and Communication – The leading cause of project failure is lack of stakeholder involvement. This section defines tools for stakeholder identification and stakeholder profile documentation.
Group Exercise - Assess the define case study stakeholders and develop profiles
- Requirements Deliverable Checklist – It is always good to understand what milestones are expected. This section provides the opportunity to set the milestone deliverables for the business analysis work dependent on the previous sections of this chapter.
Group Exercise – Document the deliverables that will culminate the business analysis effort
Section 4. - Components of the Business Analysis Work Plan – Business analysis is more than just gathering requirements that are out there for the "picking" and arranging them neatly in a document for consumption. This chapter provides consideration of all the business analysis activities and ensures reasonable and realistic estimations of business analysis tasks. This chapter also addresses the development and socialization of a communication plan and requirements management plan.
- Plan Elicitation Activities
Group Exercise – Develop list of elicitation events with estimations
- Plan Requirements Analysis and Documentation Activities
Group Exercise – Develop a list of requirements analysis and documentation activities with estimates
- Plan Solution Assessment and Validation Activities
Group Exercise –Develop a list of solution assessment and validation activities with estimates
- Establish Communication Plan
Group Exercise – Develop a list of events in which communication is required with estimates
- Establish Requirements Management Plan
Group Exercise – Establish a Requirements Management Plan
- Business Analyst's Action Plan – Create a real-world action plan