Business Analyst Boot Camp

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Description

The Business Analyst Boot Camp is a five day applied workshop that covers the most important competencies and knowledge areas for Business Analysts. The Bootcamp focuses primarily on the most critical knowledge areas of the BA Book of Knowledge: Requirements Gathering, Analysis and Documentation. Following accepted best practices, participants are provided the necessary steps and techniques they need to effectively gather and define business and system requirements. Participants learn a variety of practical facilitation, analysis, modeling and documentation techniques — the best practices used in the Requirements Discovery Process.

This five day workshop combines the content from IAG’s popular courses (Defining Business Requirements, Lean-Agile Business Analysis, Writing Business Systems Specifications, and Conducting a Requirements Discovery Session). The- workshop teaches a very practical systematic approach to requirements analysis and definition. Participants will learn specific modern methods, strategies and techniques that can be easily integrated into a company’s existing methodologies and practices (agile or waterfall). Since the course is limited to a maximum of 12 participants, this bootcamp environment gives each participant ample opportunity to practice and develop their BA skills with a seasoned consultant coaching them through examples, hands-on exercises and role-playing throughout the workshop.

Additional information

Domain

Business Analysis, Lean-Agile

Audience

Business Analysts, Project Team Members, Business Architects

Credits Offered

35 PDUs/ CDUs

Delivery Method

In-class

Duration

35 Hours (5-Days x 9am-5pm (EST))

Level

Foundational, Intermediate

Public/Private

Private Only

Vendor / Product Line

IAG

Course Outline

  • The Requirements Discovery Process
    • The Software Development Life Cycle and The Requirements Discovery Process
    • Requirements Best Practices; Principles & Standards
  • Requirements Planning
    • Requirements Planning Activities
    • How to Discover & Describe Business and Project Objectives
    • How to Discover & Describe Project Scope
  • Requirements Gathering
    • Methods to Elicit Requirements
    • How to Discover & Describe Business Activities
    • How to Discover & Describe Information Requirements
  • Requirements Analysis and Documentation
    • Documenting the Requirements
    • How to Discover & Describe Functional Requirements
    • How to Harvest & document the Business Rules
  • Requirements Verification and Review
    • Refining the Requirements
  • Requirements Validation and Acceptance
    • Prioritizing the Requirements
  • Facilitation Skills
    • The Skills of an Effective Facilitator
    • How to Prepare to Facilitate a Meeting
    • How to Facilitate a Requirements Planning and Scoping Session
    • How to Facilitate a Requirements Discovery Session
    • How to Facilitate a Review Meeting
  • Documentation Skills
    • The Documentation and Analysis Skills of an Effective BA
    • How to Capture Requirements During a Discovery Session
    • Writing Quality Specifications
    • Writing Use Cases
    • Writing Functional Requirements
    • Writing Information Requirements and Data Definitions
    • Requirements Analysis, Verification and Review Techniques
    • Packaging and Producing Requirements Deliverables
    • Using Requirements Documentation/Modeling/Management Software
  • Simulations, Exercises and Role Plays
    • Throughout the week

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 a requirements meeting including setting SMART 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

Overlapping courses (current or previous courses with topics covered in similar detail)

  • Eliciting Business Requirements
  • Defining Business Requirements
  • Specifying Client Requirements (retired)
  • Facilitating a Requirements Discovery Session or Conducting a Requirements Discovery Session
  • Writing Business System Specifications

Courses you may be interested after this bootcamp:

  • Lean-Agile Business Analysis
  • Agile Project Framework
  • Lean-Agile Business Analysis
  • AgileBA Foundation/Practitioner Certification Program or Exam Prep
  • PMI-ACP Certification Preparation
  • and others in the Business Analysis or Business Architecture curriculum

12 reviews for Business Analyst Boot Camp

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lori Gardiner

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

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Imad Siddiqui

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

  3. Rated 4 out of 5

    Bill Lagasse

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

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Pascal De Frahan

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

  5. Rated 5 out of 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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 4 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kent Anderson

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

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