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Agile Business Analysis

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Two live online sessions 11am-3pm ET with 2-4 hours of pre-work and assignments
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Description

This online workshop is held live in two four-hour sessions over two days.

Agile Business Analysis is a practical course that explains how a Business Analyst can effectively support a Product Owner, Scrum Master, and the Agile Team.

Participants will learn and practice agile-specific business analysis techniques through a combination of self-paced learning before, after the class, and in-session with one of our Senior Business Analysis Consultants. Our instructors will demonstrate how to prepare and facilitate conversations for key agile business analysis activities, and participants will have opportunity to learn and practice these techniques through group discussions, instructor-lead demonstrations, as well as individual and group exercises.

In this course, we focus on key agile practices like user stories, story mapping and managing the product backlog. We provide tons of examples and templates, and introduce participants to User Story and other Discovery Canvases™ as tools to help Business Analysts and Agile Teams visually collaborate in-person and during remote online meetings.

While this course can be taught onsite with face-to-face live instruction, the class has been optimized for online learning with various collaboration tools and using IAG’s Collaborative Online Learning Model which emphasizes engagement and experiential learning with lots of video, group discussion, and exercises to make your time with us fun and productive.

Additional information

Domain

Business Analysis, Lean-Agile

Audience

Business Analysts, Project Managers, Program Managers, Portfolio Managers, Project Team Members, Business Architects, Enterprise Architects, Agile Team Members, Scrum Masters, Product Owners, Business Managers

Credits Offered

12

Delivery Method

In-class, Live Online

Duration

12 hours: four self-paced plus eight in-class

Level

Intermediate

Public/Private

Public or Private

Vendor / Product Line

IAG

Course Outline

Introduction to Agile Business Analysis

  • What the Agile Manifesto Means to Business Analysts
  • Agile vs Traditional Business Analysis
  • The Agile Approach to Requirements
  • 12 Agile Business Analysis Principles
  • 7 Lean Business Analysis Principles

Discovering Agile User Stories — with Story Mapping

  • What is a Story Map
  • Building a Story Map – demonstrations and examples

Describing Agile User Stories — with the User Story Discovery Canvas

  • What are the elements of a User Story
  • The User Story Discovery Canvas
  • Facilitating the Conversation
  • User Story card, canvas and conversation group work and examples

Elaborating Agile User Stories — Modeling Use Cases to Define Acceptance Criteria

  • What Makes a Good Story: INVEST
  • Elaborating Stories with the Use Case Discovery Canvas
  • What are Acceptance Criteria
  • What Makes Good Acceptance Criteria: TUCAN
  • Discovering Acceptance Criteria: WIPEGO
  • Different Types and Forms of Writing Acceptance Criteria

Supporting the Management of Agile User Stories — with the Product Backlog

  • Preparing the Backlog for Planning Sessions
  • The Definition of Ready
  • Prioritizing Backlog Items: MoSCoW

The Agile BA in Practice

  • The Roles and Responsibilities of the Agile BA: Before, During an After Sprints
  • Agile BA Work and Work Products
  • Putting Agile Principles to Practice

This course material is continuously improved. Content and agenda may vary slightly from above. Contact us if you want to confirm any specific topics.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of a Business Analyst in an agile environment
  • Learn agile business analysis techniques applicable in different agile environments (Scrum, SAFe, Kanban, Agile Project Framework)
  • Practice techniques in class — including Story Mapping, Writing User Stories, and Prioritizing using the collaborative visual modeling tool, Mural.
  • Gain a practical understanding of how a Business Analyst can effectively apply the concepts, principles and methods of agile frameworks

IAG Training Experience

Whether you are attending online or in person, in a public or a private in-house classroom, our courses are designed to provide an enjoyable, engaging and effective learning environment. Our instructors are all experienced practitioners and our courses all include demonstrations, examples, and exercises to make the content relevant and meaningful.

For our virtual remote training classes, we follow our proprietary Collaborative Online Learning Model which emphasizes engagement and experiential learning with lots of video and chat-based group discussion, and quizzes, and exercises to make your time with us fun and productive.

We use Microsoft Teams Meeting and Mural for our visual modeling demonstrations and group exercises. Participants also have access to the Teams site and Mural workplace for 60 days to review and download the many handouts, templates and examples from the class.

Participants receive a participant guide as well as access to our online class workspace for templates, handouts, samples and additional reference material.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is intended for business analysts, project leaders, product owners or agile team members performing business analysis tasks. This is not an introduction to agile, lean or scrum but provides in depth methods and techniques for agile business activities within a lean or agile project/environment.

Though there is no pre-requisite to this course, for foundational or intermediate coverage of fundamental business analysis skills we recommend our award winning BA Bootcamp, and for an excellent introduction to Agile, we recommend The Agile Project Framework.

For further coverage on related Business Analysis practices we suggest:

  •  Writing Use Cases
  •  Effective User Stories
  •  Data Modeling for Business Analysts
  • Process Modeling using BPMN
  • and others listed in our Business Analysis Curriculum

For those interested in becoming a certified AgileBA, we recommend taking AgileBA Foundation Certification Preparation and subsequently the AgileBA Practitioner Certification

Defining Product Requirements for Product Owners is a similar class to Lean-Agile Business Analysis. Given the significant overlap between the two courses we recommend taking one or the other (based on your learning objectives, role and course availability.) If you have already taken the Product Owner course, then this could (but would only) be appropriate as a refresher.

3 reviews for Agile Business Analysis

  1. Trevor B.

    Thank-you. Finally a decent Agile course for Business Analysts. This answered a lot of practical questions for me that I am going to take back to my org and hopefully work into our Scrum process.

  2. Amanda

    I enjoyed this course. It was all valuable information that I hope I can use in my daily responsibilities.

  3. Jay

    Really good course for BA’s and any Agile Team. Not just a rehash of Agile 101 basics. And excellent instructor too. I would love if all our BA’s (and our CSM’s) took this.

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