Selecting the appropriate methodology for a project is a crucial decision that will determine the structure of the team and the underlying assumptions for planning, estimating and conducting the work. Development life cycles fall within a range from sequential (such as waterfall) to iterative. Iterative development projects concentrate work in short cycles, called iterations, during which a functioning product is produced. If changes in the requirements arise, they are reviewed by the team, and high priority changes are implemented in a subsequent iteration.
Projects also apply a degree of process rigor, ranging from disciplined to agile. The level of process rigor, or agility, is adjusted based on many factors including how quickly the product must be delivered, the structure and characteristics of the organization and project team, and the amount of technical documentation necessary.
This course examines the role of the business analyst (BA) in iterative projects that apply a range of process rigor, from disciplined to agile. Practical tasks and techniques are presented to equip the BA with the skills and knowledge required to perform the BA role effectively on iterative development projects. Students learn to identify and analyze stakeholder perspectives, write problem statements, assess risks, develop and prioritize use cases, estimate and plan iterations, accommodate and assess change, and develop story-based tests. Students also explore the characteristics and applicability of many current iterative and agile methodologies in use today.
Key characteristics that differentiate this course from others include:
Mapping to the IIBA Body of Knowledge
Corporate Education Group (CEG) is designated by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) as a Charter Endorsed Education Provider. As the activities and techniques of iterative projects are explored in this course, they are compared (when applicable) to the corresponding coverage of the activities and techniques within the Knowledge Areas of IIBA's current Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK).
Two case studies are integrated into the course to allow participants to view demonstrations of work products and techniques and then apply learned skills within a consistent context. Much of the class time is devoted to exercises in which participants can practice the skills being taught.
The course is written and delivered by professionals with extensive experience in business analysis.
The Participant Guide includes dozens of job aids that are referenced throughout the course and available to the participant after training;these include work product templates and samples, as well as checklists for processes and best practices.
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Advanced Business Analysis Certificate - Classroom : Required Courses