Fast Start® in Business Analysis




Fast Start in Business Analysis Training Class Summary

From enterprise analysis and scope definition to requirements determination and conceptual design, the Fast Start® in Business Analysis workshop gives analysts a thorough understanding of the entire Systems Development Life Cycle. Replete with both "hard" and "soft" skills, this three-day course builds a sound strategy for analyzing business processes and demonstrates how to apply concepts and practical techniques within the context of an experiential learning environment. Students emerge from this workshop with a solid foundation of business analysis thinking as well as a greater understanding that doing the right things are just as important as doing things right.

Audience: Those who need to learn practical system thinking: business systems analysts, managers, information technology (IT) professionals, or other business professionals

Prerequisites: None

Class Length: 3 days

Fast Start in Business Analysis Training Class Objectives
  • Apply concepts and techniques applicable to any tool or methodology.
  • Diagnose business process problems and present possible solutions from findings.
  • Comprehend the "big picture" and the consequences of decisions.
  • Understand how business analysis thinking can help management.
  • Collect, document, and organize information.
  • Identify and document issues through analysis and interviews.
Fast Start in Business Analysis Training Class Detailed Outline
  1. Introduction
    • Defining Business Analysis
    • What is Business Analysis?
    • What is a Business Analyst?
    • (IIBA) Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK)
    • Today’s Approach to Business Analysis
    • The Systems Development Life Cycle
  2. Enterprise Analysis
    • What is Enterprise Analysis?
    • What Has Changed?
    • What Information Should We Gather for Enterprise Analysis?
    • How Should We Collect This Information?
    • Types of Information to Collect
    • Sources of Information
    • How Does Enterprise Analysis Help the Project?
    • Real-World Application
  3. Defining the Project Scope
    • An Approach to Project Definition
    • Step One – Identify Issues
    • Uses for Issues
    • Step Two – Recognize Future Benefits
    • Step Three – Identify the Stakeholders and Sponsor
    • Stakeholder
    • The Project Sponsor
    • Step Four – Diagram the Functional Flow
    • Step Five – Define the Project Objectives and Scope
    • Scope Exclusions
    • Real-World Applications
  4. Procedure Analysis
    • Preparing for Analysis
    • What Information Should We Gather to Analyze?
    • Why Perform Procedure Analysis?
    • Definitions
    • Performing Procedure Analysis
    • Process Flow Modeling
    • Why Create Models?
    • Symbols Used in Process Flow Models
    • Swim Lane Diagram
    • Guidelines for Creating Swim Lane Diagrams
    • Process Scripts
    • Old Procedure
    • Process Script Procedure
    • Real-World Application
  5. Interviewing
    • Why Interview?
    • Preparing for the Interview
    • Interview Structure
    • Questioning and Listening Techniques
    • Listening for Requirements
    • Holding the Interview
    • Real-World Application
  6. Requirements, Assumptions, and Constraints
    • Effective Requirements Practices
    • Requirements
    • Types of Requirements
    • SMART Requirements
    • Identifying User Requirements
    • Assumptions and Constraints
    • Real-World Application
  7. Defining a Solution
    • Solution Definition
    • System Improvement
    • System Redesign
    • Review Project Scope
    • Future State Changes
    • Process Improvement
    • Process Change
    • Systems Development
    • Systems Change
    • Organization Change
    • Impact Analysis
    • Process Improvement Impact
    • Systems Development Impact
    • Organization Change Impact
    • Real-World Application
  8. Solution Implementation Planning
    • Systems Development Life Cycle Review
    • Phases for Implementation Planning
    • Planning to Implement the Future Changes
    • Visualizing the Project Schedule for Implementing the Solution
    • Step 1 – Break the Project Down into Tasks
    • Step 2 – Sequence the Tasks
    • Step 3 – Estimate Time
    • Step 4 – Assign Resources
    • Step 5 – Chart the Plan
    • Real-World Application
  9. Management Presentation
    • Business Case
    • What’s in this Management Presentation?
    • Presentations
    • Rehearsal and Practice Run
    • Real-World Application