FREE Course: What Is Business Analysis for Information Technology (IT)

An Overview of Business Analysis Activities and Current Business Analysis Techniques

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Duration: 1 hour
Format: Online course
Author: Tom and Angela Hathaway

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What is this course about?

Business Analysis in the Real World

A Buddhist proverb warns, “Be mindful of intention. Intention is the seed that creates our future.” In a very real sense, this statement expresses the reason for business analysis. This discipline is really all about choosing and defining a desired future because without intention (expressed in business analysis terms, “requirements”), no future is more or less desirable than another.

In reality, every organization does some form of business analysis whether it uses the term or not. For many (especially larger organizations), it is an extremely structured, managed process while others thrive on change and only do business analysis when and as needed. The perception that business analysis is only needed to develop IT solutions is inaccurate. Actually, it is a critical component of any change initiative within an organization whether software is involved or not.

Current Business Analysis Techniques and Methods

The course defines how business analysis is currently practiced. The authors provide insight into this fast-growing field by distinguishing strategic, tactical, and operational business analysis. It provides surveys of what Business Analysts really do and what business analysis techniques people use most often when they are the one “wearing the BA hat”. You will learn what “requirements” really are and what different types of requirements exist. Because many requirements define future information technology (IT) solutions, the authors share their experience on how Waterfall, Iterative, Agile, and Experimental (aka “Chaotic”) Software Development methodologies impact the business analysis responsibility.

Who Needs Business Analysis Skills?

Although the field of Business Analysis offers great career opportunities for those seeking employment, some level of business analysis skill is essential for any adult in the business world today. Many of the techniques used in the field evolved from earlier lessons learned in systems analysis and have proven themselves to be useful in every walk of life. We have personally experienced how business analysis techniques help even in your private life.

We created this course for everyday people in the real world to give you a basic understanding of some core business analysis methods and concepts. If this course answers some of your questions, great. If it raises more questions than it answers (implying that it piqued your curiosity), even better. If it motivates you to learn more about this emerging and fascinating topic, it has served its purpose well.

Who should take this course?

  • Product Owners
  • Business Analysts
  • Requirements Engineers
  • Business- and Customer-side Team Members
  • Agile Team Members
  • Subject Matter Experts (SME)
  • Project Leaders and Managers
  • Systems Analysts and Designers
  • AND “anyone wearing the business analysis hat”, meaning anyone responsible for defining a future IT solution

What Can You Do After the Course?

Upon completion of this course, you can:

  • Identify and categorize best practices
  • Defend the need for good requirements
  • Classify four requirement types
  • Identify the critical skills required by business analysts
  • Describe the tools used
  • Relate the evolving role of today’s business analyst
  • Discuss how SDMs like Waterfall, Iterative, and Agile affect business analysis activities

Detailed Course Outline

What Is Business Analysis?

  • Welcome to the Course Free Preview
  • Business Analysis – An Overview Free Preview
  • Strategic, Tactical, and Operational Business Analysis

What Are Requirements?

  • Requirements Defined
  • Business Requirements
  • Stakeholder Requirements
  • Solution Requirements
  • Transition Requirements

Business Analysis Techniques

  • An Introduction to Business Analysis Techniques
  • What Tools Are Used?
  • What Techniques Are Used?

Business Analysis and Software Development Methods or Life Cycles (SDM/SDLC)

  • An Overview of Business Analysis and SDM/SDLC
  • Business Analysis in Waterfall SDM
  • THE BA Role in Iterative SDM
  • Agile Projects and Business Analysis

In Closing

  • Business Analysis and the Future
  • Where Do You Go from Here?