Agile Business Analysis Program

Course Description

Corporations are increasingly seeing their business ecosystems getting disrupted by many internal and external factors, at regular intervals and at rapid pace. The natural outcome of this changing landscape is to embrace this constant change and become more agile in delivering solutions that would help corporation’s ‘Vision-Strategy-Operations’ in perfect harmony and help them remain competitive. With this shifting business model and constant pressure to produce more often and high quality products, there has been a paradigm shift in the software development lifecycle principles, methodologies, and all the downstream activities associated with it. With this change, the role of business analyst has also transformed to a great extent.

This course has been specifically designed keeping in mind the demanding knowledge, skills and tools and techniques required to effectively and efficiently perform business analysis tasks in agile product development environments. While some of the skills, tools and techniques still hold good in agile environment and can be reused, agile business analysis requires a niche set of skills, tools and techniques to deliver high quality requirements at a rapid pace and changing business needs.

What You Will Learn

Upon successfully completing the course, an individual will learn the following:

  • Deep understanding of the ‘Agile Manifesto’, it’s underlying principles, and concepts behind the manifesto
  • Overview of different agile methodologies practiced in software/product development domain
  • Explain the ‘SCRUM’ methodology, roles, responsibilities, and all the ceremonies conducted throughout the project lifecycle
  • Learn how to build and groom a product backlog
  • Writing user stories and different techniques of splitting epics into smaller sizable user stories
  • All relevant tools and techniques for requirements elicitation, analysis, documentation and validation suitable for agile projects
  • Persona analysis for effective user stories
  • Estimating user stories
  • How to plan a release and subsequently an iteration
  • Understand how to measure and monitor team’s velocity

Course Outline

Levels in module descriptions

  • Module 1

    • Agile principles and manifesto
    • Scrum methodology
    • Scrum roles and responsibilities
    • Business analysis in SCRUM
    • Agile/Scrum requirements processes
    • User roles and personas
    • Difference between epics, themes and user stories
    • Components of user stories
    • Splitting epics into smaller user stories
    • Best practices on how to write and split user stories
    • Product backlog grooming
    • Estimating the user stories and computing story points to user stories using different techniques
  • Module 2

    • Steps in release planning
    • User story mapping
    • MoSCoW prioritization techniques
    • Prioritization user stories
    • Determining the velocity
    • Creating the release plan
  • Module 3

    • Iteration planning overview
    • Disaggregating stories into tasks
    • Accepting responsibilities of each tasks
    • Measuring planned and actual velocity
    • Iteration burndown charts
    • Ceremonies during an iteration
  • Module 4

    • What stories are not
    • Why user stories
    • Handling Non-functional requirements in agile
Please Note: From the first day of the class, a comprehensive capstone project will be assigned. With each session, trainees will be expected to complete hands-on exercise on a particular part of the project. This will expose an individual to real-world scenarios and give them first-hand experience of authoring key requirements documents using tools.

Who Can Attend

Any individual with IT/Non-IT background who aspires to transform his/her business analysis career from traditional ‘Waterfall’ to ‘Agile’ environment.

Prerequisites

Basic understanding of business analysis discipline is recommended. However, if you are a novice in business analysis discipline, we will conduct some additional sessions on business analysis fundamentals.

Course Duration

This course is delivered over a span of 4 weeks with two sessions conducted on weekdays (evening) and one session conducted on a weekend (Saturday). While weekday sessions are approximately 2 hours, weekend sessions lasts approximately 4-5 hours. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the course content, our instructor will be available to discuss them at the earliest.

Course Delivery Option

  • Live ‘Instructor-Led’ online sessions.
  • In-person from our Mclean, Virginia training center.

Instructor

Certified CBAP®, PMP® and BPM instructor will be leading this course.

Disclaimer

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