Write Effective User Stories and Lean Requirements

47% of IT projects fail due to poor requirements! Is your project at risk?

Train your Business Analysts, Product Owners, Requirements Engineers, and anyone involved with IT requirements in Lean Business Analysis techniques.

 

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Business Agility is Key to Winning in Today’s Marketplace

Optimize your requirements process by getting the:

RIGHT requirements from the

RIGHT people at the

RIGHT level of detail

at each stage of your IT development process.

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Give your business-side and technical teams the analysis skills to identify and communicate IT solutions that give your organization the agility to take on anything.

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Eliminate Waste in Your Requirements Process

… research shows that 80% of features and functions have low to no value. Drucker also said, “There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.”

The Standish Group International, Inc., 2014

Lean requirements focus on value to the end customer. Any project that does not deliver that value is challenged at best, a failure at worst.

Applying lean principles to the discovery and analysis of User Stories and Business Requirements allows you to focus on product features that you need NOW.

Learn how to use lean principles to discover and analyze features and user stories to make sure that your Agile Team is not running on empty.

Effective Requirements Analysis Improves Lean / Agile Software Development

Modern software development approaches such as Agile, Lean, or Continuous Delivery do not change the need for good business analysis. However, they affect the WHO, the WHEN, and the HOW of defining what the business community needs and wants.

Concepts such as Features, Epics, User Stories, Acceptance Criteria, Scenarios, and Examples replace conventional business and solution requirement statements. They significantly reduce the miscommunication that has haunted IT projects for decades.

ATDD, BDD, and/or SBE define tests as the ultimate requirements and mandate the creation of acceptance test scenarios before development starts.

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tailored to support the specific needs of your company’s software development process whether your organization adopts Agile (e.g. Scrum), Lean (e.g. Kanban), DevOps, Continuous Delivery, or traditional software development (e.g. Waterfall) philosophies.

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We deliver classroom training at your site and online. Building skills your people need to fulfill your missions is our passion. Each course comes with extensive exercises, case studies, and debriefs by our cadre of experienced, certified business analysis instructors.

Getting and Writing IT Requirements in a Lean and Agile World

Helping Product Owners and Business-side Teams Discover and Write Requirements, User Stories, Features, Acceptance Tests, Scenarios, and Examples

User Stories – From Discovery to Acceptance Testing

Techniques for Capturing and Analyzing User Stories, Acceptance Criteria, Scenarios, and Examples to Communicate Business Needs

Eliciting Requirements for IT Projects

Business Analysis Techniques for Gathering Business and Stakeholder Requirements from Subject Matter Experts

Writing and Working with Lean Use Cases

Learn How to Leverage the Power of Uses Cases in Lean and Agile Software Development Environments

Business Process Modeling and Analysis

Using Dataflow Diagrams and Swimlane Diagrams Identifies Functional and Non-Functional Requirements

Who Needs Lean Business Analysis Training?

The short answer: anyone who interacts with the business community to identify what IT can do for them. Specifically, folks with job titles like:

  • Product Owner
  • Business Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • System Analyst
  • Requirements Engineer
  • Subject Matter Experts

If you are involved with figuring out how IT could improve someone’s job, you are doing Requirements Analysis.

Some organizations call that Business Analysis.  Others call it Requirements Gathering or Requirements Definition. Still others call it Requirements Engineering. Whatever you call it, it is a critical activity for successful projects and you need people who can do it well.

These folks need a solid set of business analysis techniques to identify business needs and express them so that software developers can understand them.

The most common tools of communication between business and IT are features, requirement statements, epics, user stories, acceptance criteria, and scenarios.

Requirements Training Pays for Itself

Poor Quality Software Cost Trillions in 2018

Poor quality software cost 2.84 Trillion dollars in the US alone in 2018 according to the Consortium for IT Software Quality (CISQ).

According to the Project Management Institute (PMI), poor requirements are still the number one cause of poor software quality.

People loudly voicing their dissatisfaction with an app or website on Social Media channels does irreparable damage to a company’s reputation and bottom line.

Standard or Tailored Training to Fit Your Needs

BA-EXPERTS delivers classroom training at your site and online. Our experienced and certified business analysis instructors use real-life examples, extensive exercises, case studies, and debriefs to optimize the training experience and skill retention. We also tailor our courses to fit your team’s specific needs at no additional cost.

Using our tailored training process, a group of 17 participants improved their skills as measured pre- to post-training by as much as 46% with an average improvement of 20%.

Trusted and Used by Fortune 500 Companies

“…, having completed the massive 2-month business analysis training marathon for 120 participants, each attending 5 days. I’m grateful that everything went well, and that Dan was able to deliver all classes… [the participants] talked about the well-structured, well-thought-through training contents. We find that your course was not one of those mass products quickly put together, but it was like an old tree grown with authenticity and experience. For those keen to learn, there was a lot to discover. They returned to their jobs with courage to try new techniques, and daring to ask questions where needed.”

Miyuki Masuda

Training Director, Emirates Airlines, Dubai, UAE

“… This business analysis training was extremely helpful. It tied in excellently with what I’ve acquired so far from the IIBA® and the BABOK®. Although I wouldn’t consider myself a dedicated Business Analyst or even particularly advanced in my experience, the course was still well suited for my understanding. It was a pleasant surprise for me that this business analysis training provided me with useful tools and information in problem areas for me that I did not realize were either the cause or effect of my requirements management difficulties. I’m definitely looking forward to applying some of these concepts as well as looking forward to my next course.”

Deborah

Project Manager

Current and past customers include TIAA-CREF, Cathay Pacific, Emirates Airlines, Federal Reserve, Berkley Technology Solutions, Florida Blue, Manitoba Telecom Services, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Best Western International, many government agencies, and a myriad of organizations spanning all sizes and industries.

35 Years of Experience

BA-EXPERTS has trained, consulted, mentored and coached thousands of business analysts around the world for organizations from medium-sized businesses to Fortune 100 companies.

The Principals

The principals,  Tom and Angela Hathaway have saved their customers around the world millions and can help your organization improve its business analysis practices. As the authors of several best-selling books and self-paced training courses, they know how to transfer business analysis skills and lean requirements engineering how-to.

High Praise from Our Students

That class is by far the best quality specific tech/business training class that I’ve attended in the 6+ years that I’ve been with TIAA-CREF.

I cannot say enough good things about this course - it opened my eyes to many ideas, methodologies and frameworks and has given me a lot of ideas that I can begin to implement right away.

The instructor is amazing. The class is very informative. I will be taking more classes from this instructor.

The virtual training sessions I attended far exceeded my expectations and were more useful than many of the onsite trainings I have attended throughout my career.

Although I wouldn't consider myself a dedicated Business Analyst or even particularly advanced in my experience, the course was still well suited for my understanding. K.

One of the best, if not the best Udemy course I have taken. A very professional and detailed course with links to excellent additional resources. Very well done!

This particular class is already delivering first-rate value as relevant to Business Analysts at my level. With its basis in the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) and the associated Bus. Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABoK), it ties in very neatly with the Project Mgmt. Institute (PMI) program which I’ve been involved with.

Very informative, with loads of exercises to help in understanding. Excellent delivery and good emphasis on Given, When, Then (Gherkin). In fact it's so good and packed with examples that I need to re-visit again.

Your C-Suite Wants More Features Faster
With lean business analysis techniques you can deliver!

A lean requirements process has two critical success factors

Align your requirements with your business goals

The major purpose of any effective requirements definition process is to ensure that delivered software works and aligns with your current business goals and objectives. Lean business analysis aligns your IT projects with the changing business environment. Lean requirements reduce waste in all downstream activities.

Define your requirements at the right level of detail for each step in your software development process

  • Not enough detail can lead developers to use their creativity to add unneeded features or create features that may not fulfill business needs.
  • Too many details cause wasted requirements definition efforts as business needs change.

Turbo-charge your requirements discovery!

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