How to Plan and Monitor Business Analysis Activities

February 2, 2013 Advanced Leave a reply

Techniques that Will Help You Define the Best Strategic, Tactical, and Operational Business Analysis

Course Duration:
Traditional Classroom: 2 Days
Virtual Workshop: 14 hours total, flexible scheduling

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Business analysis is one of the most critical aspects of any information technology project. Without the right requirements, you cannot deliver the right solution. Unfortunately, analysis is by its nature a process of discovery, meaning you cannot know what you will find until you find it. This uncertainty makes the business analysis activity particularly challenging to plan and manage. As a result, planning and managing the Business Analysis part of a project is its own Knowledge Area within the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® v2.0).

Defining the business requirements is a sub-project within the project to deliver the solution. This course presents minimalist project management techniques that can help you plan and monitor the seemingly chaotic process of business analysis. At the same time, these techniques are fully compatible with methods for managing any size project.

NOTE: The techniques taught in this course are methodology-neutral, meaning they are relevant to traditional, UML or Agile development environments. This instructor-led course can be delivered in a series of virtual sessions via the Internet or live your site.

IIBA®, the IIBA® logo, BABOK® and Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® are registered trademarks owned by International Institute of Business Analysis. These trademarks are used with the express permission of International Institute of Business Analysis.

Learning Objectives

  • Defend the need for planning and monitoring business analysis activities
  • Select the best fit business analysis approach based on project and organizational parameters
  • Distinguish between change-driven and plan-driven initiatives
  • Recognize and prepare for risks related to business analysis activities
  • Plan business analysis activities based on project variables
  • Use Onion Diagrams and RACI matrices to facilitate stakeholder interactions
  • Plan stakeholder interaction based on individual stakeholder characteristics
  • Pave the way for low-effort requirements management throughout the project
  • Use quantifiable metrics to monitor business analyst performance
Detailed View

1 Introduction to Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring

Planning and Monitoring Business Analysis Activities

2 BABOK Knowledge Area 2

KA2 Plan and Monitor Business Analysis Activities

3 Planning the Business Analysis Approach

Finding the Right Approach

Planning for Change

4 Discovering and Quantifying Business Analysis Risks

Dealing with Requirements-Based Risks

5 Planning Business Analysis Activities

Getting Down to Business Analysis Activities

6 Stakeholder Analysis

Understanding and Preparing Stakeholders

7 Creating a BA Communication Plan

Dealing with Project Communications

8 Developing a Requirements Management Plan

Preparing for Requirements Management

9 Monitoring Business Analysis Activities

Business Analysis Performance Metrics

10 Wrap-Up and Closure

Course Closing

Anyone responsible for defining the business analysis activities necessary for a project to succeed, including:
  • CIOs and IT Managers
  • Business Analysts
  • Business Analysis Centre of Excellence Managers
  • Product Owners
  • Business Architects
  • Data Modelers
  • Project Leaders
  • Quality Engineers
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About author:

Tom has been in business analysis since long before it was called business analysis. He has over 30 years experience in the fields of information technology, methodologies, and business analysis. In his writings and lectures he strives for enlightening while entertaining. As a facilitator, he achieves results through inclusion and synergistic group-building. He has taught thousands of students business and systems analysis skills since the '80's and has facilitated hundreds of requirements discovery sessions under a variety of acronyms (JAD, ASAP, JADr, JRP, etc.).

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