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 a 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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- 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
- Transitioning to Agile Business Analysis
- Developing you Personalized Roadmap to Success
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.