Business Analysis Quick Start

Business Analysis Quick-Start


  • In-person - 3 days - 21 hours
  • Virtual (Live Online) – 6 sessions - 21 hours

Overview:  This 21 hour quick-start course is for those who are interested in learning the key terms, concepts, guidelines, tools and techniques of business analysis based on the BABOK Guide v3.0 as well as for those who wish to qualify for the ECBA - Entry Certificate in Business Analysis™ . Additionally, you will experience the practical side of Business Analysis which can be done by a “newbie” or any professional in your organization. Whether you are looking to change your role to being a Business Analyst, just starting your career, wanting to learn the foundations of business analysis for your career enhancement, this course will give you the valuable knowledge you and your organization need to leap ahead of the competition.

This course is developed and delivered by certified Business Analysts who have years of global real-world experience in multiple industries. Each student will receive a comprehensive student guide complete with templates, examples and workshop solutions.

Pre-requisites:  None 

Skill Level:  Basic

Target Audience:  This course  will provide 21 hours of professional development training in business analysis foundations for to qualify for the Entry Certificate in Business Analysis™. Those who might want this certificate include current and recent college graduates entering the BA profession, professionals transitioning careers with limited to no BA work experience and functional managers who are not BAs but manage them. 

PDUs/CDUs: 21

Format:  To help assimilate the tools and techniques learned, there is a mixture of individual and team exercises throughout the course. A lively role-play and case study help reinforce the concepts learned. Students can expect a high-level of participation. Each student will receive a comprehensive student guide complete with templates, examples and workshop solutions. 

Content:  This course is designed to provide the following objectives:

  • Define what Business Analysis is and isn’t.

  • Introduce the basics of the Business Analysis Core Concept Model™ (BACCM™) framework and how it applies to various industries and approaches such as information technology, agile, business process management, business intelligence, and business architecture.

  • Understand the stakeholders roles and responsibilities.

  • Identify the competencies of an excellent business analyst.

  • Understand the different types of requirements

  • Understands how to perform stakeholder analysis and why it is important

  • Create a well-defined problem statement and opportunity statement needed for understanding the current state.

  • Practice the identification of stakeholders and asking the most effective questions during requirements elicitation events.

  • Learn the secrets of facilitating successful requirements workshop sessions with stakeholders for planning, analysis, design, scoping, elicitation and modelling of requirements.

  • Know which are the common techniques and models business analysts use to effectively elicit information from stakeholders in a plan-driven “waterfall” or agile approach, collaborate with them and confirm the results.

  • Understand the on-going collaboration and communication with stakeholders once the business analysis information is assembled and agreed upon.

  • Understand the tasks that business analysts perform in order to manage and maintain requirements and design information from inception to retirement using traceability.

  • Identify the risks, assumptions and constraints around a change initiative and the effect those uncertainties may have on the ability to deliver the expected value of a solution.

  • Learn the importance of good requirements associated with best practice testing and the role of testers in requirements development.

  • Understand how to assess the performance of a solution in use by the organization.

  • Understand the tasks that business analysts perform to structure and organize requirements discovered during elicitation activities, specify and model requirements and designs and validate and verify the information

  • Identify solution options and estimate the potential value that could be realized for each solution option in order to recommend the best solution option that meets the need and brings the most value.

BABOK 3 Alignment:

This course addresses the following knowledge areas in the BABOK Guide v3.0:

Business Analysis Knowledge

  • Business Analysis & the BA Professional (2.5%)
  • Business Analysis Key Concepts (5%)
  • Underlying Competencies (5%)
  • Techniques (12.5%)

BABOK Guide v3.0 Knowledge Areas

  • Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring (5%)
  • Elicitation and Collaboration (20%)
  • Requirements Life Cycle Management (20%)
  • Strategy Analysis (5%)
  • Requirements Analysis and Design Definitions (24%)
  • Solution Evaluation (1%) 

NOTE: This outline is subject to change.