Business Analysis Boot Camp

(21 customer reviews)


A six-week program: 11 or 12 online classes held every Tuesday and Thursday. Class times are 3-6:30 ET (UTC-5) but may be adjusted based on agreement with registered participants

Next session starts October 25, 2022


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IAG’s newly updated Business Analysis Boot Camp is now conveniently delivered online over six weeks in 11 or 12 classes held on Tuesdays and Thursdays 3-6:30PM ET . The classes provide a comprehensive coverage of business analysis topics, methods and skills that can be applied on the job in any agile or traditional environment. Participants will find IAG’s BA Bootcamp refreshingly practical. While the course is certainly suitable for those seeking IIBA, PMI or other certifications, this style of boot camp is geared to building the knowledge and skills that can fast-track your career and quickly make you a valuable team member. You will learn business analysis best practices from IAG consultants who have been advising clients and leading projects for the past 20 years.

Recognized by CIO Magazine as one of the Top Ten Business Analysis Boot Camps, we are proud to offer this class in this new format with updated content including Lean and Agile methods as well as techniques and tools to support online collaboration with remote team members — for visual modeling, virtual discovery sessions, online user story workshops and remote review meetings. The Boot Camp classes are all conducted live and online using Microsoft Teams, and MURAL and participants will all have many opportunities to practice and participate in various team exercises.

Participants will receive personal coaching, practical advise, and insights from our seasoned experts — and will also receive numerous templates, examples, checklists, and tip-sheet. For free samples of these, you can contact us before the class for a no-obligation preview of the type of material you will learn and receive in this powerful boot camp.

Participants will be expected to do up to one hour of preparation, reading, and assignments in advance of each class.


Additional information


Business Analysis, Lean-Agile


Business Analysts, Project Team Members, Business Architects, Product Owners, Scrum Masters

Credits Offered

42 PDUs/ CDUs

Delivery Method

Live On-line, In class


Six Weeks: 12 classes (3-6:30pm Eastern Time)


Foundational, Intermediate


Public and Private

Vendor / Product Line


Course Outline

    What is BA? Methodologies, Standards and Certifications, Key Terms, Challenges, and Benefits
    The Business Analyst Profession, BA Competencies, Most Important Skills, Activities Roles & Responsibilities (in Agile Product Development, Software Projects, Project Portfolio Management, Application Portfolio Management, and Business Architecture)
    Definition of Requirements, Requirement Classifications, Hierarchies and Schemas, What Makes Good Requirements, Requirements Attributes, The Benefits and Advantages, The History and Future of Requirements, The Cost of Poor Requirements, The Different Forms of Requirements, What is RDM, Stages and Activities of RDM, and Requirements in an Agile Context .
    Agile BA Mindset & Approach, Agile vs Trad Business Analysis, What the 12 Agile Manifesto Principles mean to the BA, Lean BA Principles, Agile BA Principles, The BA and the Product Owner, The BA’s Role in Iterative Development, Supporting an Agile Culture and Stakeholder Engagement, Agile RDM, The Agile Project Framework, The BA and the Scrum Team.
    Business Capability Analysis (Modeling), Business Model Canvas, SWOT Analysis, Value Streams, The Value Stream Discovery Canvas, The Business Motivation Model, Current vs Future State Analysis
    The Product Visioning Discover Canvas, Vision / Position Statement, The Product Vision Box, Ensuring Strategic Alignment, Examples and Exercises
    Scope Modeling, Stakeholders/ Users/ Personas, Context Modeling, High-Level Process Modeling, Impact Analysis, The Epic (or Product) Discovery Canvas, Business Cases
    Brainstorming, Interviews, Focus Groups and Workshops, Reviews, Surveys and Questionnaires
    Methods and Tools to Communicate Models and Requirements Information, Remote Collaboration, Facilitation Skills, Questioning Skills, Listening Skills, Facilitating Discovery Sessions and Review Sessions
    Use Cases (Forms and Types of Use Cases, The Use Case Discovery Canvas, The Elements of a Use Case, Tips and Writing Guidelines), Process Models (BPMN, Swimlane, Tips and Traps), Customer Journey Mapping, Numerous Examples and Exercises
    The Story Map, Backbone, Walking Skeleton, Writing Good User Stories, The Definition of Ready, The User Story Discovery Canvas, Writing Acceptance Criteria (Gherkin, I-can, and other forms), Splitting Stories, Non-Functional Requirements and the NFR Discovery Canvas, Numerous Examples and Exercises
    Objects, Entities, Classes, Attributes, Relationships, Entity Relationship Matrix and ERD, Normalization Theory Simplified, Managing a Data Dictionary
    Data Flow Diagrams, Decision Analysis and Decision Modeling, Business Rules, UX/UI Modeling, State Modeling
    Backlog Management, Prioritization (MoSCoW, WSJF), Estimation (incl Planning Poker), IEEE Requirements, Traceability Matrix, RM Tools
    BA Roles & Responsibilities, The RDM Plan, BA Work Products, Defining the Requirements Architecture
    RFP Scorecarding, Conducting Evaluations, Performing Application Portfolio Audit/Reviews, Vendor/ Solution Assessment
    Facilitating Reviews, Validation, Verification, Definition of Ready, Common Problems
    Reviewing Casework, Q&A Panel Discussion, Building your Action Plan

Learning Objectives

  • How to use the right elicitation techniques, models, steps and questions appropriate for the various stakeholder groups (users, senior management, non-technical, business subject-matter-experts, detail oriented, high-level, etc.)
  • Understand the critical success factors for requirements meetings including setting clear objectives and expectations, using a systematic process and questioning techniques, using visual modeling, keeping the meeting focused, using business language
  • Identify clients’ business needs easily, without needing to be a subject matter expert
  • How to work directly and interactively with business clients in defining project requirements
  • Conduct fast and efficient analysis – maximizing the time and resources of the company
  • How to apply industry best practices for discovering, describing and documenting requirements for various projects (new development, maintenance and package) and in various environments (iterative, incremental and waterfall)
  • Facilitate a meeting to discover and describe use cases, process discussions, business rules and data requirements
  • Identify true user requirements versus “nice-to-have”
  • How to capture and document use cases, process discussions, business rules and data requirements during a requirements meeting
  • How to apply the seven factors to successful documenting — listening, capturing, writing, clarifying, organizing, suggesting & teamwork.
  • How to write requirements specifications using proven and practical best practices.
  • How to document using the five “C’s” to writing quality specifications — clear, concise, concrete, complete, consistent
  • How to organize and model the information requirements into business objects and data elements
  • Learn the steps, questions and techniques for business process and data modeling – using such tools as context diagramming, use-case modeling, data flow diagramming, functional narratives, process modeling, data descriptions, entity relationship diagrams)
  • How to analyze client business requirements, prioritize and produce requirement statements or user stories for the product backlog, requirements document, or RFP.
  • Complete business requirement documentation that’s ready for agile planning, structured development or sourcing software

IAG Training Experience

Whether you are attending online or in person, in a public or a private in-house class, 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.

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

Prerequisite courses: none

Courses you may be interested after this boot camp:

  • Lean-Agile Business Analysis
  • Agile Project Framework
  • Lean-Agile Business Cases
  • AgileBA Foundation/Practitioner Certification Program or Exam Prep
  • PMI-ACP Certification Preparation
  • Facilitating a Requirements Discovery Session
  • Writing Business System Specifications
  • nd others in the Business Analysis or Business Architecture curriculum

21 reviews for Business Analysis Boot Camp

  1. Lori Gardiner

    Course taught me a terrific new approach to gathering requirements- this will make my job easier.

  2. Imad Siddiqui

    Logical process and easy to implement. Good reference materials to refer to. Rob was a great facilitator!

  3. Bill Lagasse

    The overall flow of the course lends itself well to understanding the big picture view of DBR.

  4. Pascal De Frahan

    Practicality, comprehensive, consultant was very engaging, experienced and kept it going at a good pace.

  5. Marybeth Wisolzkey

    Loved the course. Found it very valuable and helpful, especially the “Use Case” examples. Immediately used the requirements process at work and has already written at least five documents using the methodology.

  6. Scott Hemphill

    This was a great class – there is potential in this course to literally change people’s careers for the better! Rob did a phenomenal job – everyone loved him, and in turn they were comfortable and better able to participate and learn. Thank you!

  7. Jessica Benedict

    Great course and really helpful with getting me to challenge my current way of thinking. It helped me to identify opportunities to improve as a facilitator and to document the use cases and requirements in a logical manner. Excellent professional course, well presented.

  8. Michael Gnip

    Rob did a great job of keeping the group engaged and presenting the material. Content will be a great help in getting requirements defined.

  9. Jean Lebruce

    The breakdown of what all needs to go into the overall process. ie. pointing out the importance of focusing on the business process NOT the solution.

  10. Kari Duell

    I learned more about being a BA in the last week that I have in 5 years of being BA. Different organizations do different things.

  11. Christine Beatty

    Excellent – very helpful. Looking forward to applying in my job, but also how to help the organization determine how to extend/execute training with Honeywell

  12. Kent Anderson

    The training was fantastic. Professional presentation with great tools, content and practical exercises. The instructor was the best I have had in a training session in a long time.

  13. Meg

    I absolutely loved how the trainers took time to teach us how to write the use case details. They are of utmost importance and really helps the testing team. Unfortunately no one teaches how to think and write use case step-level detail. This course was very VERY helpful here.

  14. M.V.

    For my own personal goal of what I wanted to get out of the course, I thought it was really good. I really liked that we got hands on experience by working on examples through Mural. That helped me digest and understand the topics. There was so much material though, and I felt like we had too quickly which I guess can’t be helped considering we want to cover all the material in time.

  15. Joni G.

    The course was very informative. The instructors clearly have a passion for their jobs and the content. I definitely learned things that will help me and our organization and I will certainly be recommending this course

  16. A. H.

    It was full of great information! A lot in a short period of time, so I appreciate all of the reference materials and downloads. I loved learning all of the different tools and templates like the Discovery Canvases. I am actively involved in creating and use of user stories so I definitely see applying this on my job in the next few months.

  17. V. A.

    What a great course. Definitely exceeded my expectations. The instructors were professional and handled the session very well. I now have more tools under my BA belt to be a better BA. I will definitely be recommending this course and IAG.

  18. S.A.

    Liked the instructors, also the fact that they were 2. Liked the cases but maybe too much time was put on it.

  19. anon

    It was a lot theory, great to know best practices, but I’m afraid it’s a lot of information, went through quickly, not sure will remember more than 5% of it and be able to put it in practice. Sub-group activities and real case examples were useful to understand concepts. Would have like to do more of them. (ed. This review is for a custom 3-day corporate version of the course)

  20. anon

    Awesome! I saw some great templates that am sure I will recycle, adapt and use 🙂

  21. S. C.

    I was able to immediately use this in my work and improve how I do my job. The material was delivered in a way that was easily understood. I thought the Mural exercises were a real important part of this training because we were able to take the conversation and put it to work right away. It gave a full circle of information and that is very appreciated.

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