business analysis training

  • Agile Analysis

    Take a Team Approach to Agile Analysis Training

    Learn techniques to eliminate unnecessary story points in an agile environment

    Duration

    3 days

    CDU/PDU

    Earn 21 IIBA CDUs and PMI PDUs

    Overview

    Agile teams and organizations find out sooner or later, that with agile, building the wrong things faster is very possible if you leave out a key component: understanding the real problem and evaluating the impact of the potential solution before going off and doing your sprint as fast as you can. Our goal is to provide agile analysis approaches and techniques for your team to ensure the right thing is built, have user stories that clearly identify the minimum viable product, and potentially eliminate unnecessary stories.

    The agile training provides practical guidance on handling complex projects, spontaneous scenarios and decision points that occur on an agile project. Our material covers many variations of agile so that each analysis technique taught can be adapted to different types of projects, different types of agile teams, and even a variety of agile frameworks.

    Outcomes

    In this agile course you will learn to:

    1. Practice Scrum, release, and iteration/sprint planning sessions through mock exercises
    2. Understand how the different agile environments (Scrum, SAFe, Kanban) impact roles, planning, and ceremonies
    3. Review the top-down hierarchy of managing value
    4. Align scoping and analysis techniques with each stage and step in the agile framework
    5. Understand how to best facilitate communication among the agile team (i.e. the product owner, the domain stakeholders, the development team)
    6. Perform team skills gap analysis to help the team become even more effective and responsive to changes
    7. Develop user stories using the 3Cs, the features, the epics, and cross-functional supporting content (ie:acceptance test, examples, models) for the purposes of building the right solution and tracing value
    8. Discuss other types of backlog items including non-functional requirements, spikes, technical debt, and impediments
    9. Elicit and communicate the appropriate level of requirement detail and how to use “just in time” practices for delivering the details
    10. Outline the role analysis plays in managing, estimating, and prioritizing the backlog, along with designing, building, and testing activities
    11. Identify and negotiate the factors associated with ready and done
    12. Identify supporting artifacts and determine when to introduce them
    13. Effectively establish a triage approach to manage the flow of changes that is encouraged and to ensure ongoing backlog grooming
    14. Determine how an analyst is to adjust their practices and techniques due to the changing needs of the team 

    Audience

    This course is designed for anyone working on an agile team, but is especially helpful for product owners, business analysts, systems analysts, or any other team member involved with requirements on an agile project. This course may also be appropriate for individuals who manage individuals working on an agile team and need a more in-depth understanding of the process and skills useful for an agile team. 

    Prerequisite

    None.

     

     

  • Business Analysis Training

    Business Analysis Certifications and Badges

    Agile and Analysis Certificates and Badges

    Our business analysis certification was built with the realization that the role of business analysis is changing and becoming more diverse. Just as roles on development teams are becoming less and less defined, a formal, siloed certification program no longer serves the best interest of organizations, students or the constant evolution of skills needed for success. While our program encompasses the breadth of business analysis, the path to certification is now a personalized experience.

    Through the incorporation of badges, individuals and organizations can focus their learning experiences on the specializations that directly benefit their unique role/position. In addition to providing flexibility in your achievements, this analysis certification program is supported by Open Badges. Through Open Badges, student accomplishments can be shared through social media and other digital platforms.

    Earn Badges and Get Certified

    Our program is made up of four certification levels and eight badge specializations. As you progress in your certification journey, you will earn badges towards achieving the higher-level certifications. At the core, we believe all analysts, regardless of their environment, project type, or development approach, should possess the foundational skills covered in our Essential Skills for Business Analysis course. This class has been incorporated into our program at all levels.

    Certification Levels

    1. Agile Analysis Practitioner recognizes an advanced ability to support agile project teams, enable change by defining needs, and ensure valuable solutions.
    2. PO Practitioner recognizes the ability to support agile project teams, enable change by defining needs, and ensure valuable solutions as well as effective management of the product backlog.
    3. BA Associate recognizes an intermediate ability to enable change and ensure valuable solutions.
    4. BA Certified recognizes an advanced ability to enable change and ensure valuable solutions. 
    Agile Analysis Practitioner Product Owner Practitioner BA Associate BA Certified

    Achievement Requirements:

    Agile Analysis Badge
    +
    Proficiency Exam

    Achievement Requirements:

    Agile Analysis Badge
    +
    Business Analysis for Product Owners Course
    +
    Proficiency Exam

    Achievement Requirements:

    Essential Skills for Business Analysis Exam
    +
    Any 2 Badges

    Achievement Requirements:

    BA Associate Certification
    +
    Any 2 Additional Badges
    +
    Comprehensive Final Exam

    Badge Specializations

    Each badge was designed to concentrate on an area of competency or specialization. Badge selection should be driven by an individual or organization to address areas of improvement or career development. Think of these as the minors for a degree majoring in analysis. 

     Badges Business Analysis training 

     A few things to know about the badges:

    • Badges can be received independently. They are not contingent on achievement of the certifications listed above.
    • The hours required to receive a badge will vary. The receipt of the badge is based on confirming your knowledge and application of the material, not the hours. Depending on the badge, this may be achieved through a proficiency exam or during class by demonstrating your abilities through intensive workshop activities.
    • Some courses offer a test out option for experienced analysts. Study guides are available for these courses. 
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    Agile Analysis Badge

    Agile Analysis badge holders have demonstrated their ability to support agile project teams, enable change by defining needs, and ensure valuable solutions as a result of achieving the following criteria:

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    Analysis Planning Badge

    Analysis Planning badge holders have demonstrated their ability to estimate and track the analysis effort on a project as a result of achieving the following criteria:

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    Business Rules Badge

    Business Rules badge holders have demonstrated their ability to elicit, analyze and model organizational business rules as a result of achieving the following criteria:

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    Data Analysis Badge

    Data Analysis badge holders have demonstrated their ability to elicit, analyze and model project/enterprise business data, contribute to business intelligence, and assist in data mining efforts as a result of achieving the following criteria:

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    Facilitation/Elicitation Badge

    Elicitation/Facilitation badge holders have demonstrated their ability to effectively engage stakeholders and manage meetings/workshops using various elicitation techniques as a result of achieving the following criteria:

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    Functional Analysis Badge

    Functional Analysis badge holders have demonstrated their ability to enable change and ensure valuable solutions by defining and modeling functional needs as a result of achieving the following criteria:

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    Process Analysis Badge

    Process Analysis badge holders have demonstrated their ability to enable change and ensure valuable solutions by defining and modeling business capability and process needs as a result of achieving the following criteria:

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    Strategy and Solution Evaluation Badge

    Strategy & Solution Evaluation Analysis badge holders have demonstrated their ability to align with organizational strategy, validate solutions, and ensure the delivery of business value as a result of achieving the following criteria:

     

  • IndigoCube business analysis workshops take learning into the workplace

    IndigoCube has launched a portfolio of 18 workshops aimed at helping business analysts fully internalise knowledge learned during training by using it in real-life work situations under guidance of an expert. The workshops typically take place at client premises, and are designed as intensive consulting-like interventions to apply new learning to actual projects.

    "We have been looking for ways to make learning stick, and thus to maximise the return on investment for both business analysts and companies. The challenge is that people learn concepts and techniques in a training situation but can find it hard to put them into practice, perhaps because a particular project is especially complex," says Robin Grace, Principal Consultant at IndigoCube. "These sessions are designed to help participants work through a specific problem on an actual project with a trainer, and so turn learning into competency."

    The workshops are designed by B2T Training, a global leader in business analysis training, and take place over a full or half day. IndigoCube is B2T Training's exclusive South African partner.

    The catalogue of workshops includes:

    • Ask the right questions
    • Breaking requirements down into core components
    • Defining project objectives
    • Writing excellent requirements
    • Analysing your current business processes
    • Finding and analysing data
    • Being agile on your project
    • Project recovery, get back on track
    • Project requirements discovery

    Grace says that business analysts are under increasing pressure to improve performance in today's fast-moving and competitive economy, in which speed to market is becoming a key success factor. In particular, the emergence of agile techniques to drive greater team collaboration is prompting business analysts (and other team members) to adopt new behaviour. Training helps them to acquire the necessary new skills, but the challenge is to ensure that what has been learned changes work patterns.

    "These workshops are set to play a big role in reinforcing what has been learned in training. They will help business analysts apply new skills in the workplace, so ensuring that new skills become standard practice," concludes Grace.

    The full catalogue of workshops offered by IndigoCube may be downloaded at www.indigocube.co.za/training

    This article was published by: http://companies.mybroadband.co.za/indigocube/2015/03/23/indigocube-business-analysis-workshops-take-learning-into-the-workplace/

  • IndigoCube business analysis workshops take learning into the workplace

    IndigoCube has launched a portfolio of 18 workshops aimed at helping business analysts fully internalise knowledge learned during training by using it in real-life work situations under guidance of an expert. The workshops typically take place at client premises, and are designed as intensive consulting-like interventions to apply new learning to actual projects.

    "We have been looking for ways to make learning stick, and thus to maximise the return on investment for both business analysts and companies. The challenge is that people learn concepts and techniques in a training situation but can find it hard to put them into practice, perhaps because a particular project is especially complex," says Robin Grace, Principal Consultant at IndigoCube. "These sessions are designed to help participants work through a specific problem on an actual project with a trainer, and so turn learning into competency."

    The workshops are designed by B2T Training, a global leader in business analysis training, and take place over a full or half day. IndigoCube is B2T Training's exclusive South African partner.

    The catalogue of workshops includes:

    • Ask the right questions
    • Breaking requirements down into core components
    • Defining project objectives
    • Writing excellent requirements
    • Analysing your current business processes
    • Finding and analysing data
    • Being agile on your project
    • Project recovery, get back on track
    • Project requirements discovery

    Grace says that business analysts are under increasing pressure to improve performance in today's fast-moving and competitive economy, in which speed to market is becoming a key success factor. In particular, the emergence of agile techniques to drive greater team collaboration is prompting business analysts (and other team members) to adopt new behaviour. Training helps them to acquire the necessary new skills, but the challenge is to ensure that what has been learned changes work patterns.

    "These workshops are set to play a big role in reinforcing what has been learned in training. They will help business analysts apply new skills in the workplace, so ensuring that new skills become standard practice," concludes Grace.

    The full catalogue of workshops offered by IndigoCube may be downloaded at www.indigocube.co.za/training

    This article was published by: http://companies.mybroadband.co.za/indigocube/2015/03/23/indigocube-business-analysis-workshops-take-learning-into-the-workplace/