Business Analyst Boot Camp

Full-Spectrum Business Analysis Training & Skills Development

In this business analyst training course, learn how to:

  • Bridge the expectations gap between business stakeholders and technology solution providers
  • Enhance business analysis techniques to reduce project cost
  • Implement practical methods for understanding user requirements
  • Improve your requirements elicitation, development and documentation
  • Understand and describe the business environment in which a project exists
  • Explore proven tactics for managing project scope
  • Focus on discovering root causes, not just symptoms
  • Gain tools and techniques for developing more precise requirements
  • Practice state-of-the-art business and system modeling techniques
  • Organize and categorize project requirements
  • Quickly identify accurate use cases for new or enhanced business systems
  • Produce high-quality, readable use case documentation
  • Avoid common use case traps and pitfalls
  • Overcome real-world challenges that confront today’s Business Analysts

Immediate Benefits of Attending This Business Analyst training course:

  1. Learn how to help your business customers be clear about the current state of their business
  2. Understand and influence how business processes can be improved
  3. Improve project initiation by clarifying discussions of scope, increasing stakeholder involvement, and identifying exclusions and constraints up front
  4. Explore the Systems Development Life Cycle phases and the work to be done in each phase
  5. Help to bridge the gap between business customers and designers, developers, and testers
  6. Understand the organizational environment in which you are working and in which your project exists
  7. Use practical, real-world methods for initiating conversations with users to identify the business problem to be solved
  8. Discover tips and tricks that have helped other Business Analysts be successful with real-world projects
  9. Examine, review and refine requirements so they are specific, accurate and unambiguous
  10. Use effective practices for interviewing business customers to learn their requirements
  11. Learn the fundamentals of business process modeling for eliciting requirements
  12. Examine ways to discover and write business rules that affect a system
  13. Understand the importance of categorizing and prioritizing requirements
  14. Distinguish business and user requirements from solution requirements and know when it's appropriate to define and document each
  15. Manage project scope by identifying and managing changes to requirements throughout the project lifecycle.
  16. Learn how use cases fit into the life cycle
  17. Understand the relationship between use cases and requirements
  18. Translate users' statements of needed system behavior and functionality into high-quality use-cases
  19. Determine and document normal, alternate, and exception scenarios
  20. Overcome common pitfalls and traps encountered when using the use case approach
  21. Enhance relationships with stakeholders throughout your organization and improve your ability to satisfy stakeholders from both the business and the IT organizations
  22. Help your organization understand and apply state-of-the-art methods for discovering and documenting project requirements
  23. Better control project scope by identifying and gaining consensus on requirements throughout the project life cycle
  24. Reduce project costs and improve their quality by defining the right requirements the right way the first time, every time!

Complete 4 days of Business Analyst and Business Requirements training in one fast-paced Boot Camp - save time and money.

Develop Critical Business Analyst Skills

Business Analysts provide an essential function by assessing and analyzing the business environment, defining the scope of business problems, capturing project requirements, designing high-value solution approaches, and ensuring that the defined scope meets the customer's needs, goals, objectives, and expectations. This practical workshop will provide participants with fundamental analysis tools and techniques, including methods to understand the business environment, define a problem using a systematic approach, and influence and inform project stakeholders at all levels. You will gain pragmatic solutions to sustain stakeholder engagement throughout the project lifecycle, including questioning, listening, business need identification, problem solving, presentation, validation, and acceptance of the effective solution.

Analyze Business Problems and Identify Requirements for the Correct Solutions

Delays, cancellations and defects in systems development projects stem in large part from our inability to understand project requirements and the environment in which they exist, as well as our inability to communicate those requirements clearly enough to enlist the collaboration and commitment of all core project stakeholders. The accumulating evidence is unequivocal: most serious problems associated with projects are related directly to requirements.

Business Analyst Boot Camp solidifies the foundations of business analysis and equips business analysts with the critical thinking, analytical skills, and necessary people skills to attack the problem of project failures by addressing their root causes: incomplete, poorly defined, and/or changing requirements.

Practice Real-World Tools and Techniques for Immediate Application

This 4-day Business Analyst training course will give you hands-on experience with the latest proven techniques for identifying a project's scope, developing and discovering requirements and uses cases, and documenting them expertly. Lively lectures combined with insightful demonstrations and realistic practice exercises will provide you with the competence and confidence to improve project outcomes through better requirements elicitation and use case development. You'll gain a thorough understanding of the challenges faced in defining correct requirements, practical approaches for eliciting and documenting requirements, and strategies for managing requirements throughout the project life cycle. If you play a role in defining project scope, capturing requirements, or managing project scope, you can't afford to miss this course!

In Class Workshops and Group Exercises:

Practical and realistic hands-on exercises and activities allow you to refine and enhance your problem definition, communication and problem solving skills. Through group effort, you and your peers will discuss ways your department or company should be handling problems up front and how you can improve the early, critical stages of a project. You and your peers will identify and discuss strategies and tactics that your organization should be using to better define project scope, discover requirements, and document use cases.

Specifically, you will:

  • Evaluate the essential skills of a Business Analyst
  • Explore and understand common differences in work and communication styles and how they affect interactions on a project
  • Analyze the business environment in which your project occurs
  • Practice project initiation techniques to clarify project scope
  • Practice soliciting and validating information from project stakeholders
  • Determine how best to present your findings to business stakeholders, and prepare for effective interactions
  • Assess your individual and team communication effectiveness
  • Learn to elicit and manage requirements from a realistic business case project
  • Develop business model components such as a context diagram, activity diagram and use case model
  • Work as a team to analyze business artifacts and documents to discover the functional requirements needed
  • Learn to identify and extract important functional requirements from a process model
  • Work as a team to establish appropriate level of detail in a use case
  • Review requirements elicitation and use-case discovery methods
  • Produce well written use case diagrams and narratives
  • Understand how use cases are linked for large and/or complex systems
  • Improve your ability to write high-quality statements of requirements
  • Learn how use cases can improve your software testing and QA process
  • Generate a plan for bringing these methods back to your organization