AgileBA Foundation/ Practitioner Certification Program

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Description

 

Become a certified AgileBA®

This is the full combined certification 4-day course for both the AgileBA® Foundation and Practitioner certifications taught by an accredited instructor. The AgileBA certifications are accredited by the APMG, and created in conjunction with the Agile Business Consortium. AgileBA is the world’s first and only independent practitioner certification in Agile Business Analysis.This four day course will prepare candidates to take the APMG AgileBA Foundations  and Practitioner certification exams.

In this class we will cover the role, responsibilities, tools and techniques of an Agile Business Analyst — based on the Agile Business Consortium’s Agile Business Analyst (AgileBA) certification and the Agile Project Framework.

This course goes beyond the basic concepts of Agile and SCRUM and provides BAs with skills, techniques and an understanding of the role they can play in an agile environment.

Business Analysts are an absolutely integral park of an Agile project and development team. They play a key role in communication and collaboration throughout the project, program increment, or time-box. In addition to their traditional skills of modelling and specification, the Agile Business Analyst requires new skills in collaboration, teamwork, facilitation, leadership – and must adapt to new ways of eliciting, specifying, and managing requirements.

This course will clarify many of the uncertainties of the role of the Business Analyst in an agile world and outline the different ways of working with an agile team during the phases and iterations of an agile project.

This program covers both the content of the AgileBA syllabus in the AgileBA Handbook, as well as exam preparation, tips and practice in a four-day class. Optionally,  candidates may choose to take this in three separate courses:

  • The Agile Project Framework (1-day)
  • Lean-Agile Business Analysis (2-days) (A practical course that includes AgileBA concepts as well as other frameworks)
  • AgileBA Foundation/Practitioner Cert Prep (1 day) (A course focused on exam preparation and practice)

 

Participants who complete this course will be prepared to take the online AgileBA Foundations and Practitioner certification exams offered by APMG (which are taken online outside of class hours). (Note: Candidates register, pay, and schedule to take the exam directly with APMG, the testing and accreditation agency.) Contact IAG customer services for details.

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Learning Objectives

This course provides Business Analysts with

1) the essential skills needed to elicit, analyze, validate and champion the requirements throughout an agile project.
2) the knowledge and practice as preparation to take the AgileBA Foundation and Practitioner examinations.

Specifically, this course in Agile Business Analysis will enable attendees to:

  • Understand the difference between traditional and agile business analysis
  • Identify stakeholders, personas, and their involvement in agile projects
  • Understand what requirements mean in an agile world
  • Describe the competencies and techniques of an Agile BA
  • Understand the role of the BA role in the Agile team and their organization
  • Capture and manage effective agile requirements for incremental solution delivery
  • Recognize how an agile business case differs from a traditional business case and present a lean business canvas
  • Learn how modelling techniques fit into an Agile environment
  • Understand the importance of facilitated workshops
  • Understand the different ways of working as a BA in Agile

And this program will prepare candidates for the AgileBA exams

  • Foundation (40-minute multiple choice)
  • Practitioner (2.5-hour case-oriented open book)

Course Content

 

The Holistic Role of the Business Analyst in an Agile World
  • Enterprise Analysis techniques such as PESTLE, Porter’s Value Chain, MOST, TOWS, SWOT, Lean Thinking, Balanced Scorecard, and McKinsey’s 7S Model
  • Analyzing the business environment
  • Supporting change initiatives
Agile Fundamentals and the Agile BA
  • Approaches and frameworks
  • Agile Philosophy and Fundamentals
  • Eight Principles for an Agile BA mindset
  • The Agile Project Framework
    • Process
    • Roles and Responsibilities
    • Products
The Agile Business Case
  • What is an Agile Business Case? When and Why is one needed?
  • How and Who in involved in developing the Business Case?
  • What Practices can support an Agile Business Case
  • AgileBA responsibilities, techniques, hints, and tips
Stakeholders in an Agile Projects
  • Stakeholder types / personas
  • The Agile BA’s role and relationship with agile project, solution development and supporting stakeholders  team Empowerment of stakeholders in an agile project
Agile Requirements and User Stories
  • The Agile approach to requirements
  • The hierarchy of Agile requirements
  • User Stories and acceptance criteria
  • The Prioritized Requirements List
  • Requirements through the lifecycle
  • AgileBA responsibilities, techniques, hints, and tips
Prioritization
  • Prioritizing using MoSCoW
  • Prioritizing using Kano
  • Prioritizing through the lifecycle
  • AgileBA responsibilities, techniques, hints, and tips
Facilitated Workshops
  • Types of workshops within an Agile Project
  • How to organize and run a Facilitated Workshop
Modeling
  • The benefits of models and modeling in supporting Agile principles
  • The Agile BA role in Agile Modeling
  • Fourteen key modeling techniques the AgileBA should know
    1. Business Canvas / Lean Canvas
    2. Business Domain/Object Modeling
    3. Business Process Mapping
    4. Context Diagramming
    5. Customer Journey Mapping
    6. Impact Mapping
    7. Personas
    8. The Product Vision Box
    9. The Rich Picture
    10. Specification by Example
    11. Prototyping (storyboards and wireframes)
    12. Use Case Modeling
    13. User Story Mapping
    14. Value Chain Mapping
Timeboxing and Iterative Development
  • Iterative development
  • Types of Timeboxes
  • Scrum and sprints
  • The Agile BA’s role in a sprint or timebox
Requirements Planning and Estimating Throughout the Lifecycle
  • Requirements needed for Feasibility
  • Requirements at the Foundations stage
  • Requirements during Timeboxes and Sprints
  • The BA’s role in keeping the Prioritized Requirements List relevant
  • The BA’s role in enabling reliable estimation
The Requirements Lifecycle in an Agile Project
  • AgileBA responsibilities, techniques, hints, and tips for handling requirements throughout a project
Transitioning to Agile Business Analysis
  • The motivation and benefits
  • Organizational transformation
  • Individual transformation
Examination Preparation and Practice
  • Exam structure and process for taking the Foundation and Practitioner Exams
  • Tips and strategies for taking the exams
  • Sample Questions – In class group exercises and discussion
  • Practice Exams with scoring, review and debrief
  • The class may be organized to schedule the exams to be taken during or immediately following the class

What's Included

The following is included
four days of  online classroom training (and an expectation of some evening work)
Full set of PowerPoint slides
Case study
AgileBA Handbook

Examination Information

 

After completing the course and recommended study activities, participant will be ready to sit both exams. Candidates register, pay, and schedule to take the exam online directly with APMG, the testing and accreditation agency. It is strongly recommended that you take the exams within one-two weeks of this class.

The AgileBA® Foundation exam:

  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Format: multiple choice
  • Questions: 50 multiple choice questions
  • Passing Grade: 25/50 or 50%
  • Closed book

The AgileBA® Practitioner exam:

  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Format: An objective test based on a single project scenario
  • Questions: Four multi-part questions, 20 marks per question
  • Passing Grade: 40/80 or 50%
  • Open book (Official Handbook only)

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