Defining Strategic Requirements from Business Objectives

Defining Strategic Requirements from Business Objectives News

Multinational FMCG company Shoprite Checkers recently enrolled their team of seasoned business analyst’s on Business Change Academy’s Business Analysis Practice training course, to help gear up their senior business analyst team with the necessary tools and techniques for defining strategic requirements from business objectives.

The Business Analysis Practice course curriculum, which focuses on a holistic approach to the investigation and improvement of business situation with a view to developing effective, feasible business solutions, was ideally suited to the development needs of the delegates who attended.

“Our business analysts, especially those more senior, need to be able to assist business in formulating and aligning strategy to greater company objectives,” says Hendrina Groenewald, Knowledge & Development Lead.

The business analysis profession has evolved from being a requirements translator to an increasingly intuitive role that supports business in doing better business. To continually ensure that Shoprite’s Business Analysts add value to the organisation, they required training that delivered a contemporary learning approach on a level that would equip their business analysts with the techniques and skills needed in a challenging business environment.

Business Change Academy’s comprehensive training course teaches practical techniques which can be implemented and practiced in the workplace,” says Hendrina.

Business Change Academy does more than deliver typical training courses. Combining their industry insight and real-world experience they bring training to life, helping delegates grow their knowledge, skills and abilities to improve their application of business analysis.

According to Corrinne Brits, Lead Business Analyst at Shoprite Checkers,

“the training has provided me with new concepts and interactive techniques to engage business and project stakeholders better.”

Joe Newbert, MD and lecturer of Business Change Academy says that “the first step in meeting Shoprite’s training needs was understanding the vision that the Business Analysis Knowledge and Development team had within the greater workings of the organisation and the day-to-day challenges that Business Analysts were facing.“

Much of the success of the business analysis training was in aligning the learning objectives with the business objectives, to make the training more personally relevant.

For further information and to download the course brochure please visit the business analysis practice course page or contact for further details.

About Business Change Academy

Business Change Academy is a training company based in Cape Town, South Africa. Founded in 2008, Business Change Academy provides accredited qualifications + short courses for project professionals seeking internationally recognised best-practice competencies in business analysis, solution development and change management.

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Meet Bevin Jaftha | Foundation in Business Analysis Delegate

Bevin Jaftha Foundation in Business Analysis BCMG Difference

Bevin Jaftha, Business Analyst at Old Mutual, shares her training experience having recently completed the Foundation in Business Analysis course.

On the training Bevin learnt a new streamlined approach for engaging her stakeholders and solving business problems, and has gained a broad range of relevant knowledge, skills and abilities that are opening her business analyst eyes.

Here’s what Bevin had to say about her training experience:

Tell us a bit about yourself, Bevin.

My name is Bevin Jaftha, I’m married and live in Glenhaven. I worked in a Servicing Department before transitioning into the business analyst role – which I’ve been in now for 9 years.

While working in Servicing, I was approached by IT to assist with business processes on a project. Through that, I was exposed to business analysis at work and I was hooked. It was mesmerising to see how much work went into the backend, when the front end was so simple to use.

Every day is different and every project brings new learnings.

Why did you decide to take the foundation in business analysis course?

For self-advancement and to up-skill myself and become more marketable – and I enjoy the fact that the courses are short but jam-packed with information.

How will the course help you in your career?

The skills that I learned have streamlined my approach to solving any business problem.

I am more confident that I can apply useful methods in areas such as requirements elicitation, and utilising tools and techniques that I wouldn’t have used before.

I’ll also now take a more open-mind into workshops and my engagement with stakeholders

What was your biggest learning – did you have an AHA! moment?

This course was an eye-opener to the broad range of techniques and tools available to business analysts.

I was equipped with the practical skills and knowledge to better understand how to influence within my organisation, how to look for opportunities and how to drive it.

What would you tell somebody who is considering doing the course?

That it’s an eye-opener — my expectations were definitely exceeded and I will be recommending this course to all the business analyst’s I know.

What did you enjoy most about the BCMG training experience?

I loved the interactive presentations and the quizzes before and after each module. Plus, the course material was extremely user friendly and easy to follow.

In the spirit of ‘keep growing’, what are you keen to learn next?

Definitely, either Requirement Engineering or Modelling Business Processes.

One step closer to the BCMG Certificate programme in Business Analysis!”

Bevin took the steps to learn business analysis fundamentals that are opening her business analyst eyes. Are you ready to gear up? Find out more about the Foundation in Business Analysis course here.