Foundations of Business Analysis

Business Analysis Courses

You will learn to:

  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of the business analyst
  • Recognise the importance of managing risk
  • Define the solution vision and scope
  • Plan the requirements elicitation process
  • Recognise the importance of analysing and documenting requirements
  • Explain the role of modelling
  • Perform requirements validation and traceability

Course Synopsis

At the project’s earliest stages the business analyst is key to defining the requirements, as well as planning, defining and validating project scope. It’s important to have an understanding of the breadth of knowledge that a business analyst brings to the project team when developing business solutions.
This introductory course provides participants with a basic understanding of the benefits, functions and impact of this critical role. The target audience for this course includes those who are new to the business analyst role or those who supervise and/or work with business analysts. This course provides a special focus on the business analysis function as it relates to developing IT solutions, given that such an understanding is essential for project success.
The course discusses the business analysis process as it is applied throughout a project, including the pre-project activities that comprise enterprise analysis. You’ll learn how a business analyst supports the project throughout the solution development life cycle, from establishing the solution vision and scope in the analysis phase to validating that requirements have been met in the testing phase.
After completing this course, you will understand why and when to involve the business analysis function.
Reminder: Participants who have taken Introduction to Business Analysis should not take Foundations of Business Analysis.

Course Topics

  • What is business analysis?
  • Best practices in business analysis
  • Benefits of business analysis
The Role of the Business Analyst
  • The business analysis process
  • BA role vs. project manager role
  • The BA career path
Supporting the Project Portfolio
  • The project portfolio
  • Strategic enterprise analysis
  • Solution Development Life Cycle (SDLC)
Developing the Solution Vision and Scope
  • Defining solution vision and scope
  • Vision and scope report
  • Conducting a visioning workshop
  • Validating solution scope
  • Traceability
Understanding Requirements and Business Rules
  • Functional, nonfunctional and implementation requirements
  • Requirements vs. specifications
  • Requirements vs. business rules
  • Risk management and risk response strategies
Planning and Eliciting Requirements
  • The Requirements Work Plan (RWP)
  • Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • Elicitation techniques
  • Preparing for change
Analysing and Documenting Requirements
  • Analysing requirements
  • Characteristics of effective requirements
  • The Business Requirements Document (BRD)
  • The BRD vs. the technical specifications document
  • BRD validation techniques
Modelling Requirements
  • Modelling requirements
  • AS-IS vs. TO-BE modelling
  • Types of models
  • Models and the BRD
Assessing and Validating Requirements
  • Validation and verification
  • V-model of testing
  • Levels and types of testing
  • The master test plan
  • Test scenarios and test cases


Open enrolment course information

Professional Development Units (PDUs): 21.0

Technical Project Management (PDUs): 21.00

Leadership (PDUs): 0.00

Strategic & Business Management (PDUs): 0.00

Duration: 3 days

Singapore Course Fee: SGD $3165.00 incl. GST

Course Dates (click on a date to register) :

10 Oct 2016 - 12 Oct 2016

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This course is available in eTraining format. If you choose to take up this course in eTraining format, there is a 42-days window to complete the course.
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