BCS Certificate in Business Analysis Practice Training

Level: Intermediate
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This BCS Certificate in Business Analysis Practice course takes you through an end-to-end holistic business analysis process. This holistic approach involves considering four aspects of a business system: the processes, the people, the organizational context, and the technology. Starting with the rationale for a holistic approach, the course provides you with a clear understanding of the strategic context, coupled with the project discipline needed for business analysis. You will learn how to understand the business situation and issues associated with it, analyze stakeholder perspectives, model business activities, identify potential solutions to business issues, and finally make the business case for potential solutions. Without this end-to-end process, much of the cost of a project is often attributable to re-work from poor up-front analysis.

In addition, this course prepares you to take the BCS Business Analysis Practice exam at the end of the course.

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You Will Learn How To:

  • Recognize the role and competencies of a business analyst
  • Perform strategy analysis
  • Identify and analyze stakeholders
  • Deploy industry-standard investigation and modeling techniques
  • Identify different solutions to business needs
  • Build a business case to prove the value of those solutions

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Important Business Analysis Practice Course Information

Business Analysis Practice Course Outline

  • The Rationale for Business Analysis

    • Recognizing the business change life-cycle
    • Clarifying the role of the business analyst
    • Examining other roles in business change
    • Understanding the framework for business analysis
  • Understanding the Strategic Context

    Internal and external analysis

    • Analyzing the Internal analysis
    • Surveying the business landscape with external analysis

    Linking to the internal and external business environment analysis

    • Performing a SWOT analysis
    • Using a SWOT analysis
    • Identifying the strategic context

    Executing strategy

    • Balanced Business Scorecard
    • Recognizing Critical Success Factors and Key Performance Indicators

    Critical success factors and key performance indicators

    • Identifying Critical Success Factors (CSFs)
    • Creating Key Performance Indicators (KPI)
    • Setting performance targets
    • Deploying the balanced business scorecard as a frame
  • Business Analysis Project Discipline

    • Identifying the Terms of Reference and/or Project Initiation Documentation
    • Clarifying business and project objectives
  • Understanding the Current Situation

    Stakeholder identification

    • Stakeholder wheel
    • Other potential sources of information

    Investigative techniques

    • Investigating the current business situation
      • Interviews
      • Observation
      • Workshops
      • Document Analysis
      • Focus Groups
      • Questionnaires/Surveys

    The Business Analysis Process Model

    • Stages of the business analysis process model
    • Considering the perspectives
    • Analyzing the needs
    • Evaluating the options
    • Defining the requirements

    Investigating the situation

    • Interviewing stakeholders
    • Effective Requirements Workshops

    Representing a holistic view of the business situation

    • Taking a holistic view
    • Using various documentation techniques
      • Rich pictures
      • Mind maps
      • Fishbone diagrams
  • Stakeholder Analysis and Management

    Identifying, categorizing and analyzing stakeholders

    • Defining stakeholder types
    • Deploying the Power/Interest Grid

    Stakeholder management strategies

    • Levels of power and interest
    • Building a communication strategy

    Understanding stakeholder perspectives

    • Analyzing stakeholders with CATWOE
    • Creating business activity model
  • Modeling Business Processes and Requirements

    Creating a process model

    • Pinpointing business events
    • Developing the business process model

    Modeling system functions and data

    • Use case diagrams
    • Entity Relationship Diagrams and Class Models
  • Defining the Solution

    Gap analysis

    • Identifying areas of concern
    • Analyzing the gap with POPIT

    Introduction to Business Architecture

    • Definition of Business Architecture
    • Business Architecture techniques
  • Making a Business and Financial Case

    Structuring the business case

    Identifying and shortlisting options for business change

    Identifying and categorizing costs and benefits

    • Tangible and intangible costs and benefits
    • Investment appraisal techniques

    Identifying and categorizing risks

    • Identifying risks
    • Assessing the impact of the risks
    • Assessing the probability of the risks
    • Risk management approaches

    Identifying impacts

    • Organizational culture
    • Organizational behavior

    The business case life-cycle

Business Analysis Practice Training FAQs

  • Who is the BCS Institute?

    The BCS Institute is The Chartered Institute for IT.

  • How do I achieve Practitioner Certification in Business Analysis Practice?

    You can earn the Practitioner Certification in Business Analysis Practice if you pass the course exam.

  • How many CDUs/PDUs does this Business Analysis Practice course provide?

    In Business Analysis Practice you will not receive any PDUs.

  • How can I bring this Business Analysis Practice course to my facility to train my team?

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