Lean-Agile Business Analysis

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Description

In this two-day workshop, participants will learn and practice effective business analysis techniques that can be applied in an Agile environment. This course explores the role and responsibilities of a Lean-Agile Business Analyst and equips them with the essential skills to be successful on Agile projects. Participants will relate the values and principles of various agile frameworks to understand how they can contribute value. This is a practical course that explains how a Business Analyst can support a Product Owner, Scrum Master, the Agile Team and their clients from the inception of business or product idea through the formulation of its vision and lean-agile business case, the discovery of its capabilities and features, the articulation of the epics and user stories for it, and the prioritization, refinement and management of the backlog items and Kanban boards throughout.

Incorporating agile concepts and methods from Scrum, SAFe, the Agile Project Framework, Kanban and more with insights from experts like Jeff Patton, Mike Cohn, Dean Leffingwell and others, this course is agile agnostic and ideally suited for those working in any of those environments – or others. Business Analysts working with tools like Jira, CA Agile (Rally), Planview (Innotas), IBM, VersionOne, Daptive (ChangePoint), Clarity, PowerSteering, or Targetprocess will also find this course extremely valuable by learning the best practices these tools require – and private training workshops can also be tailored to your toolset.

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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

14

Delivery Method

In-class, Live Online

Duration

14 Hours (2 Days x 9am-5pm (EST))

Level

Intermediate

Public/Private

Public or Private

Vendor / Product Line

IAG

Course Outline

Fundamentals

  • Agile Business Analysis fundamentals
  • The Agile manifesto and principles: as they apply to business analysis
  • The role and responsibilities of the Agile BA and Product Owner
  • The Agile approach to requirements
  • Agile BA work and work products
  • Epics, User Stories, and Acceptance Criteria
  • Agile Requirements through the Life Cycle
  • The Product Backlog as the Prioritized Requirements List

Business Analysis and Project Intake

  • The Lean-Agile Portfolio Kanban and the PPM Context
  • The Idea: Name it and Frame it
  • Articulating the Vision
  • The Vision Statement (aka Hypothesis Statement)
  • Alignment to Strategic Themes
  • The Lean Business Canvas
  • The Product Vision Box
  • Facilitated Visioning Workshops

Business Analysis for the Business Case and Feasibility Assessment

  • Methods for Identifying Epics and User Stories
  • Visualizing the Product with Story Mapping
  • Starting with a Backbone and Walking Skeleton
  • Writing the Lean-Agile Business Case
  • Building and Refining the Product Backlog
  • From Vision to Epics, Capabilities, Features and User Stories
  • Agile/Sprint Release Planning
  • Story mapping and modeling exercises
  • Writing User Stories
  • Prioritizing Backlog Items

How BAs Can Support User Story Conversations

  • The BAs role in the sprint and iterative development
  • Successively refining user stories
  • Facilitated Agile Workshops
  • Modeling Support for User Stories
  • Customer Journey Mapping, Use Cases, Process Mapping, Domain/Data Modeling
  • Splitting User Stories
  • Adding Acceptance criteria
  • The right amount of detail

Wrap up

  • Transitioning to Agile Business Analysis
  • Developing you Personalized Roadmap to Success

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of a Business Analyst in an agile environment: from inception through sprints
  • Learn agile business analysis techniques applicable in different agile environments (Scrum, SAFe, Kanban, Agile Project Framework)
  • Discuss how to adapt and change to be an effective member of an agile team
  • Practice techniques including Story Mapping, Kanban, writing User Stories, Prioritizing with WSJF and MoSCoW, and more
  • 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 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.

Who Should Attend

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

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

For further coverage on related Business Analysis practices we suggest

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 Lean-Agile Business Analysis

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 4 out of 5

    Amanda

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

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    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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