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With traditional application development, the IT staff often took full control of development projects with minimal time spent interacting with the end business users. Developers built what they thought was appropriate and relied on a cycle of feedback and reworks to get to what was truly needed.
Because of the high project failure rates associated with this approach, many successful IT organizations have now adopted user-centric methodologies which emphasize up-front cooperation between the business users and the developers. Crucial to many of these strategies is the effective use of Business Analysts.
Because applications are built to enable the business, it is essential that the development team work closely with the business users to understand their needs. Business Analysts do not provide business expertise, they provide the process, the questions, and the techniques to efficiently extract expertise from the Business Users.
Today’s successful Business Analyst is:

  1. Capable of analyzing the business to identify problems and/or opportunities and to define solution characteristics.
  2. Not intoxicated by technology.
  3. Someone who speaks the language of business.

Course Outcomes:
Students of Advanced Strategies’ Business Analyst Overview Course will return to work:

  1. With a common vision of the roles of the Business Analyst in the Application Development Process.
  2. Realizing how utilizing Business Analysts can help to overcome many of the causes of Project Failure.
  3. With a foundation upon which definition and analysis techniques can be built.

Course Outline:
Introduction to Business Analysis
  • What is Business Analysis?
  • Evolution of the Business Analyst Role
  • The Role of the Business Analyst in Today’s Application Development Environment
  • Causes of IT Project Failure
Application Development Premises
  • What Drives Development?
  • Business Driven
  • User-Centric
  • Appropriate Enabling Medium
  • Situations are Unique
  • Professional Developers
Problems with Business Users
  • Not Knowing What is Needed
  • Difficulty Articulating What Is Needed
  • Seeing Different Parts of the Problem
  • Overlooking Key Elements
  • Addressing These Problems
Problems with Developers
  • The Quality Bar – Systems vs. Airplanes
  • Focused on Hot Technologies
  • Trained to Jump to Design
  • Inadequate Analysis
Context of a Development Project
  • Definition
  • Analysis
  • Design
  • Realization
  • Implementation
  • Production
The Business Analysts’ Roles
  • Business Planning
  • Using Project Definition to Clarify and Evaluate Needs
  • Modeling
  • User Acceptance Testing
  • Documentation and Training
Keys to Analysis
  • Contrasting Analysis to Design
  • The Sub-Disciplines of Analysis: Discovery, Assessment, and Verification
  • Successful Interface with Design
  • Techniques, Instruments, and Tools
Framework for Modeling
  • Why Model
  • Types of Models
  • Using Modeling in Analysis
  • Business Process Modeling
  • Business Object Modeling
  • Business Event Modeling
Becoming a Successful Business Analyst
  • Communication Skills
  • Analysis Skills
  • Technical Skills
  • Attitudes and Temperaments
  • Other Knowledge

Who Should Attend:
This course is targeted for Business Analysts and Managers of IT Projects.

Course Duration:
One Day

Class Availability: Request It Now!

Materials Provided:
Student Workbook

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