3 Days (INCL. examination)
PDs / CDUs
21 Professional Development Hours
R 12950 (ExcL. VAT)
Why this course?
What do Business Analysts do? What skills and competencies do they require to do their role? This 3-day Foundation level course provides delegates with a ‘whistle-stop tour’ of the role of the Business Analyst who acts as the link between business needs, users and IT within change initiatives.
This 3-day course is fast-paced and through the use of examples and a simple case study introduces delegates to the contribution that a business analyst makes within a business. We also consider the tools and techniques available to Business Analysts to assist them in their role.
At the end of the course delegates may sit an examination to attain the BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis.
What will you learn?
The Foundation in Business Analysis course is designed for people who want to learn a broad range of fundamental techniques, within the structure of the business analysis process model, that underpin the business analyst role.
On completing this course you will be able to:
- Recognise the skills and competencies required of the business analyst
- Describe how a business strategy is considered and developed
- Adopt a business analysis process model approach to change initiatives
- Investigate situations and capture business system issues
- Identify, categorise, analyse and manage stakeholder engagement
- Consider the perspectives of individuals interested in the change
- Use techniques for the analysis and modelling of business systems
- Elicit, analyse, specify, validate and manage requirements
- Describe the contents of a business case and feasibility assesment
- Define a considered approach for implementing business change
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On completion of this course you will earn a certificate from BCMG as powerful proof of your new-found knowledge, skills and abilities.
Course syllabus, structure and modules
Introduction to business analysis
Origins of business analysis; development of business analysis; scope of business analysis work; role and responsibilities of the business analyst
Defining the business solution
Gap analysis; introduction to business architecture; definition of business architecture; business architecture techniques
Competencies of a business analyst
Personal qualities, business knowledge and professional techniques; development of business analysis competencies
Making a business and financial case
Business case in the project lifecycle; identifying options; assessing feasibility; structure of a business case; investment appraisal techniques
Business strategy analysis
Strategic context; definition of strategy; strategy development; external and internal environment analysis; SWOT analysis; executing strategy
Establishing the requirements
Requirements engineering framework; actors in requirements engineering; requirements elicitation, requirements analysis; requirements validation
Business analysis process model
An approach to problem-solving; stages of the business analysis process model; objective, procedure activities and techniques for each stage
Documenting and managing requirements
Structure and content of a requirements document; requirements catalogue; types of requirements; elements of requirements management
Fundamental investigation techniques
Interviewing and workshops; observation approaches; scenarios and prototyping; quantitative investigation techniques; documenting the current situation
Modelling system functions – use case diagrams; modelling system data – entity relationship diagrams and class models
Stakeholder analysis and management
Identifying and categorising stakeholders; analysing stakeholders; stakeholder management strategies; stakeholder perspectives; business activity models
Delivering the requirements
Delivering the solution; context for requirements; software development life-cycles – waterfall, V-model, incremental and iterative
Modelling business processes
Functional and process views of the organisation; value propositions; as-is process models; improving business processes; to-be process models
Implementing the business solution
Business analyst role in the business change lifecycle; design, implementation and realisation stages – IT, SARAH model; benefits plan
This sounds perfect for my career …
Don’t just take our word for it
“This course gives great insight into the fundamental knowledge and skills of a business analyst, and shows how you can better align your role.”
Farahnaz Abrahams · Business Analyst
“This course highlights greater options and choices to improve your business analysis knowledge and skills, and to develop your career.”
Abdullah Sauls · Business Analyst
“If you want to learn what a professional business analyst is meant to do and how to do it, then you must definitely take this course.”
Jed Brand · Business Process Analyst
“This course is a real eye-opener, equipping you with the relevant business analysis skills and techniques needed to perform your role.”
Bevin Jafta · Business Analyst
Choose a date and book your seat
Wed 15 – Fri 17 Aug 2018
Belmont Square, Rondebosch, Cape Town
Registration closes Fri 27 Jul 2018
Wed 22 – Fri 24 Oct 2018
Belmont Square, Rondebosch, Cape Town
Registration closes Fri 28 Sep 2018
Wed 25 – Fri 27 Feb 2019
Belmont Square, Rondebosch, Cape Town
Registration closes Fri 1 Feb 2019
Your course facilitator
Business Analysis, project delivery and change management specialist
Joe specialises in facilitating organisational strategy through business analysis and change management. During his career, Joe has worked and managed teams on over 100 projects, across five continents, whilst gaining a solid reputation for project leadership and benefits delivery.
Still have a question? These answers may help
Is this course for me?
Foundation in Business Analysis is particularly relevant to those in a business project role such as business analysts, systems analysts, business managers and their staff, change managers and project managers.
How is the course delivered?
BCMG courses are facilitated by industry experts who bring their substantial experience of business analysis and application of business analysis techniques to the programme, to ensure work-place relevant skills.
What materials are provided?
A comprehensive manual, containing detailed information about business analysis techniques, and providing references for further reading, is provided to each delegate who attends this course.
How is my learning assessed?
This course thoroughly prepares participants for the Foundation in Business Analysis examination, which is a multiple-choice based examination testing the participant’s knowledge of the course syllabus.
Is this course accredited?
This course is endorsed by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®), and is aligned with version 3.0 of A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide™).
What recognition will I achieve?
The Foundation in Business Analysis course is a optional knowledge-based module in the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis, earning 21 Professional Development hours (PD hours).
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Our next available course starts 15 August 2018. Too soon for you? Register now for the next presentation that starts on 17 October 2018.
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