This Agile Business Analysis Training Course is a practical workshop ideally suited for Business Analysts, Product Owners, Scrum Masters, and Agile Team members looking to understand and hone their skills in Story Mapping, User Story writing and elaborating stories with well written acceptance criteria.
This online workshop is held live in two four-hour sessions over two days. (With an additional low-cost extension module held the following day.)
Participants 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 demonstrate how to prepare and facilitate conversations for key agile business analysis activities, and participants have opportunity to learn and practice these techniques through group discussions, instructor-lead demonstrations, as well as individual and group exercises. Attendees should expect 2-4 hours of out-of-classroom pre-work and assignments.
In this course, we focus primarily on applying the key agile practices of user stories and story mapping. 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. In the add-on module, we spend an additional four hours teaching and practicing Agile Business Analysis capabilities to support product backlog management.
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.
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
This course material is continuously improved. Content and agenda may vary slightly from above. Contact us if you want to confirm any specific topics.
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.
My favourite parts of the class were: the tools used (especially Mural), the User story discovery canvas is brilliant – Templates like this are a rare find, and the practical tips and techniques.
The course was excellent. Since I come from India where I have seen only BA certification-based trainings which tend to be very theoretical, this course was a fresh way of learning by doing. We were taught not just WHAT to do but also HOW to do it hands on, and what the benefits are of doing these activities as Agile BAs. This is very real-life knowledge. Not available in BABOK frameworks or Certification courses. It really helped me how to think like an agile business analyst.
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.
I enjoyed this course. It was all valuable information that I hope I can use in my daily responsibilities.
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.