Business Analysis Executive Briefing

Leveraging Business Analysis in Your Organization—½ Day, 4 Hours

Business analysis is emerging as a key discipline for organizational success. As a decision maker how do you encourage this emerging discipline, increase success in your organization, help the organization make decisions about allocating scarce corporate resources, and search for cost efficient solutions? This briefing is designed for organizational executives, leaders and managers working to leverage the business analysis profession—with the goal of improving their business. Attendees will learn how other organizations have defined the role of the business analyst, as well as the differences between business analysis and project management activities. Regardless of whether your organization has a job title named "Business Analyst," this briefing will offer specific insights and tactics for making the most of your analysts.

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At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the value of business analysis
  2. Define business analysis and describe common business analysis activities
  3. Compare their project initiation process to best practices
  4. Describe the differences between a change-driven and plan-driven approach to development
  5. Describe the differences between business analysis and project management

Note: This course may be customized for your unique requirements. Below is a sample course outline.

The Value of Business Analysis

  • What is business analysis? What is the value of business analysis?
    • Common organizational challenges
    • Why do so many projects fail?
    • How do projects get started in your organization?
    • How should projects get started?
    • What solution is needed?
    • Who are the stakeholders?
    • How do projects get completed?
  • Change-driven and Plan-driven approaches to solution development
  • How is Business Analysis different from Project Management?

RMC's Business Analysis Framework

  • Strategic/Enterprise Analysis
    • Identification of business needs, problems and opportunities
    • The importance of root cause analysis
    • Development of business models and cases
  • Project Work
    • Clarification of specific business objectives and expectations
    • Getting consensus on a solution scope
    • Elicitation of requirements
    • Facilitation of a solution design
    • Successful partnership of the project manager and business analyst
  • Stakeholder Analysis and Communications
    • Building and maintaining stakeholder relationships
    • Eliciting requirements and expectations
    • Building consensus across organization units

Positioning Business Analysis in the Organization

  • Who performs business analysis in your organization?
  • Characteristics of a Great Business Analyst
  • Leadership support for business analysis
    • Why business analysis needs leadership support
    • What happens when business analysis goes unsupported by leadership

Key Topics in Business Analysis

  • International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®)
  • PMI Requirements Community of Practice
  • Agile and Business Analysis

Attendees will receive an electronic copy of the course presentation materials as requested.

FEATURED BOOK: Seven Steps to Mastering Business Analysis by Barbara A. Carkenord

Seven Steps to Mastering Business Analysis will help build the skill sets of new and experienced analysts, and those currently doing analysis work including project managers, system analysts, product managers and business development professionals.

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ARTICLE: RMC Spotlight: An Inside Look at the IIBA®'s New Certification Program

In 2006, The International Institute of Business Analysis™ (IIBA®) created the Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®) and in 2011 added the Certificate of Competency in Business Analysis™ (CCBA®). As of September 2016, this two-tier system has been replaced by a more comprehensive four level, competency-based certification program for business analysis professionals. This whitepaper breaks down each of the four levels by focusing on what you need to know.

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ONLINE TOOL: Do I Qualify for a Credential?

One of the biggest hurdles in qualifying for a BA credential is Work Experience. Our free Experience Calculator will help define, track and categorize career experiences, and help you choose a certification path.

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FREE WEBINAR: Becoming a Certified Business Analyst

Delivered by Barbara A. Carkenord, this previously recorded webinar provides an overview of the two internationally-recognized Business Analysis certifications, and features a free Q&A PDF download.

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For Corporate Pricing or to Schedule a Training Needs Assessment, Please Contact:

Ken Mulcahy • Onsite Training Specialist • (952) 846-4484

* Discounts Available for Federal, State and Local Government Agencies

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Type: Executive Briefing
Audience: Executive Management, Senior Business Analysts and Organizational Leaders
Duration: ½ Day
Hours: 4
Note: This course is available as an onsite class only.
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