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Business Analysis for the Project Manager

Course Overview
Although the Project Manager is ultimately accountable for the quality of project requirements, it is the Business Analyst (BA) who develops them. Business Analysis for the Project Manager explains the role of the BA and examines many of the most common business analysis practices that are of special significance to the Project Manager. By better understanding the work of the BA, the Project Manager is in a better position to ensure that the project gains full benefit from the BA's contribution. Although the focus is largely on waterfall style projects, the BA role in both waterfall and agile projects is discussed. Topics include:
  • The value of Business Analysis
  • Roles of the PM and BA
  • BA competencies
  • Solution definition
  • Types of project requirements
  • Planning for the requirements engagement
  • Requirements Elicitation
  • Analyzing and documenting requirements
  • Verifying and Validating Requirements
  • Requirements management
  • Solution validation
Who should attend
This course is of particular value to project managers; program managers; Project Management Office staff; managers of project managers; and anyone interested in promoting effective PM - BA collaboration.

This course assumes that participants have participated in some projects and have some understanding of one or more business analyst roles.

Course Outline

Section 1: Introduction to Business Analysis
  • Business Analysis
  • Reasons organizations perform projects
  • Coordination of Roles: PM and BA
  • Value of Business Analysis
Section 2: The Business Analysis Professional
  • IIBA®: BABOK Guide®
  • PMI®: Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide
  • Certification programs
  • BA competencies
Section 3: Stakeholder Collaboration Skills
  • Stakeholder identification and analysis
  • Stakeholder Management
Section 4: Solution Definition
  • Problem assessment
  • Needs analysis
  • Root cause analysis
  • Solution definition
  • The business case
  • Improvement recommendations
  • Value Realization Plan
Section 5: Understanding Project Requirements
  • Poor requirements drive project failure
  • Agile and waterfall project methodologies
  • Definition of requirement
  • Requirements types
  • Source of requirements
  • Requirements lifecycle
  • The Vision and Scope Document
  • Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • Benefits of good requirements
Section 6: Requirements Planning
  • Requirements context
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Drivers of requirements planning
  • Elements of planning
  • Business Analysis Plan
  • Requirements Engagement Plan
  • Benefits of planning
  • BA - PM Partnership
Section 7: Requirements Elicitation
  • Requirements elicitation
  • Elicitation versus Gathering
  • Elicitation techniques
  • Requirements Versus Design
  • Choose the best elicitation technique
Section 8: Analyzing Requirements
  • Requirements analysis
  • Requirements analysis activities
  • Requirements analysis models
  • Review models with stakeholders
Section 9: Documenting Requirements
  • Requirements documentation options
  • Methods for recording requirements
  • Writing individual requirements
  • User stories
  • Requirements quality characteristics
  • Consequences of poor requirements quality
Section 10: Managing Requirements
  • Verifying and Validating Requirements
  • Using Requirements Traceability
  • Requirements approval
  • Requirements management
  • Transition requirements
  • Requirements re-use
  • Solution Validation
  • Solution Assessment
Final Review and Q&A

This course includes over 20 hands-on exercises and demos that help reinforce learning and retention.

Learning Approach
  • A highly qualified instructor will use interactive lecture format, more than 20 hands-on exercises, team activities, group discussions, and other techniques to drive home the essential points of this material
  • We will build on your prior experience in this topic, while providing you with a structure and vocabulary to use in all of your future projects.
  • If you have modest understanding of the Business Analyst role, you should find that the clarity of the material and direct presentation style of the instructor will make the subject matter easy to understand.
  • You will receive a Participant Guide which can help you follow the material, take notes and retain what you learned so that you can apply it on your job.
Why should I take this course?
  • Experienced Project Managers can acquire a deeper understanding of the role of the BA.
  • If you are new to Business Analysis, the exercises in this course can give insights into essential concepts and techniques.
  • All participants take home a set of tools and techniques to help them deal with all aspects of Business Analysis.
  • Take this course and learn how to avoid many of the problems that Business Analysts most often encounter.
Use this courseware to teach your students! This course is available under license to qualified Training Providers. Courseware materials include:
  • Instructor slides
  • Instructor manual with timing guide
  • Printed participant guide
  • Train the Trainer instruction
  • Written for classroom or virtual delivery
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Every course and workshop in our Project Training program is fully customizable. We offer virtual delivery of the training program you need. Call us: +1.919.495.7371.

All of our courses are fully compliant with the latest release of each relevant standards document such as the PMBOK® Guide, Standard for Portfolio Management, BABOK® Guide, and others.
Course Information
Course ID: 4075
Class size: 6 - 15
Duration: 2 days
Delivery: Virtual
· CBAP® certified instructor
· Participant Guide
· BA templates
· Certificate of Participation
· 14 CDUs / PDUs
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