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BCS Certificate in Business Analysis Practice

COURSE TYPE

Intermediate

Course Number

3508

Duration

3 Days

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This 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. B. Without this end-to-end process, much of the cost of a project is often attributable to re-work from poor up-front analysis.

This course prepares you to take the BCS Business Analysis Practice Practitioner Exam on day 3 of the course.

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

Important Course Information

Prerequisites:

Exam Information:

  • Open book
  • One hour written exam, based on a business scenario
  • Passing grade is 50%
  • Exam included

Certification Information:

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

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Course Tuition Includes:

After-Course Instructor Coaching
When you return to work, you are entitled to schedule a free coaching session with your instructor for help and guidance as you apply your new skills.

Free Course Exam
You can take your Learning Tree course exam on the last day of your course or online at any time after class and receive a Certificate of Achievement with the designation "Awarded with Distinction."

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Daily Course Hours:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Two 15-minute breaks
45-minute lunch

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