Agile for Business Analysts

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As more organizations are moving to agile delivery, it is becoming increasingly important for business analysis professionals to understand how to adapt their current skills to support different delivery frameworks. Even when organizations have not fully embraced agile, research shows that many teams are embracing ‘some’ agile practices. Traditional waterfall business analysis skills are still important, but so is professionally developing to understand how to adapt your processes and skills as delivery frameworks evolve.

Project success is dependent on effective business analysis, therefore business analysis professionals must continue to evolve their skillsets to keep up with the needs and expectations of agile teams. Many traditional project teams run into trouble when they try to define all of the requirements up front. The reality is that stakeholders often cannot articulate their requirements and the best design is not known until some prototypes are built. Every project and program can benefit from adopting some agile practices. In this course, you will develop your understanding about agile business analysis and the role of business analysis within the agile delivery framework.

In this course, you will gain an understanding about agile business analysis. You will learn how business analysis on an agile project is ‘the same’ and ‘different’ than business analysis performed on waterfall projects. You will understand how the business analysis role changes on an agile team. A number of business analysis techniques suited for supporting agile teams will be introduced as will the various standards available to the community to help teams and organizations transition. Since few organizations are pure agile, you will also learn about delivery approaches that use a combination of practices from waterfall and agile and will also be introduced to the important concept of business analysis tailoring – the key skill used to adapt business analysis skills to all environments – regardless of the delivery life cycle selected.

There are no prerequisites for this course. This course is suitable for novice and experienced practitioners who are responsible for business analysis activities on projects using iterative or adaptive (agile) delivery methods. It is recommended that participants complete the Business Analysis Essentials course (PT8492) prior to enrolling or have equivalent experience.

2 Days/Lecture & Lab

This course is designed for anyone with the need to understand how business analysis is performed to support agile projects or who must transition their existing business analysis skills and practices from waterfall to agile.

  • Introduction
  • What is Agile
  • The current state of agile
  • Understanding project life cycles
  • An in-depth look at Agile
  • Type of Agile Delivery Approaches
  • Introduction to Agile Business Analysis
  • Business Analysis Tailoring
  • Tools and techniques for agile business analysis
  • Prioritization Techniques
  • Course wrap-up

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