||BUSINESS ANALYSIS METHODS AND TECHNIQUES FOR EVERYDAY PROJECTS
Everyday projects, like larger, more complex projects, require analysts to apply the necessary methods, knowledge and skills to achieve success. An analyst assigned to a smaller, stand- alone project must be able to work with the business customer in order to understand and clarify the problem and specify a potential solution.
Students of this course will return to work with:
- An awareness of the various roles Business Analysts must play on everyday projects.
- A set of principles to guide how they approach analysis.
- The ability to formulate questions and use instruments to elicit an accurate, complete set of requirements from business practitioners.
- The preparation to conduct small, structured and instrumented meetings to confirm requirements and better understand needs.
- The understanding required to confirm the solution specification with business customers.
- The capability to ensure a successful handoff of the requirements into design and realization.
|Overview of Business Analysis
- What is Business Analysis?
- The Role of the Business Analyst
- Causes of Project Failure
|What are “Everyday Projects”?
- What is a Project?
- Types of Projects
- Defining Factors
- Examples of Projects
- Knowing When the Project Needs a More Formal Approach
|Emphasis on Analysis
- Why Focus on the Analysis?
- Why Focus on BA and PM roles?
- Why Focus on “Everyday” Business Transformation Analysts?
|Moving from Being an” Order Taker” to a Business Partner – Five Premises for Success
- Adaptable to Unique Solutions
- Specify Appropriate Solutions
|Working a Path to a Solution
Variations on a Path to a Solution
- Why Have a Path?
- A Basic Path to a Solution
- Need Recognition
|Defining the Need
What To Do If You Don’t Have a Definition
- The Importance of a Definition
- Why – Not What or How
- The Four Elements of Any Definition
- More About Intentions
- Techniques for Developing a Definition
- Definition Process
- Means for Gathering Information
|Gathering the Requirements
Confirming the Requirements
- Determining What You Need to Know – Aspects of a Business
- Formulating Questions
- Recording the Results
- Choosing the Right Instrument
Well-Organized Meetings Making Best Use of Customer Time
- Review of Elicitation Techniques
- Reviewing Samples
- Deciding When Analysis is Done
- Using Analysis Deliverables
- Transition to Design
- The BA’s Role in Subsequent Disciplines
Who Should Attend:
- Analysts who typically perform all the work of the project, including design and development.
- Professionals who typically work on stand-alone, one-person efforts.
- Analysts working on small, minimally-political business problems, including:
- Producing reports, spreadsheets or other documents for management.
- Researching and acquiring an inexpensive product.
- Specifying small changes to computer applications.
- Analysts who wish to develop a foundation for offering higher value and taking on greater responsibilities.
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