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PMI-P - Business Analysis for Project Managers and IT Analysts

The most powerful approach to business evolution is the integration of Business Analysis and Project Management. During a project, business analysts report to the project manager in order to facilitate requirements gathering and analysis, communications, and stakeholder relationship management. Business analysis extends further across a product or service life-cycle than project management, assessing and assuring business value by providing the continuity necessary for business success from strategic analysis through operational maintenance.

This 5-day course teaches the strategic and tactical roles of the Business Analysts and provides interactive coverage of the knowledge and skills necessary to master business analysis work. The course addresses Business Analysis contributions both within and external to projects consistent with the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK® ) and based on the Project Management Institute’s Professional in Business Analysis credential (PMI-PBA®).

This course qualifies as 35 contact hours for PMI-PBA candidates, or 35 PDU’s for current PMI credential holders.

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Prerequisites


Basic knowledge of business processes and/or project management

Detailed Class Syllabus


Introduction


Defining the role and tasks of a Business Analyst
Generating Business Value
Solutions to business needs, problems, and opportunities
Stakeholder relationships: business processes, projects and external connections
Creating and adopting formal business analysis
The Business Analyst and projects; ideal PM-BA integration
The PMI-PBA domains
Certification opportunities
Process, tool, technique, and deliverables framework

General Functions of Business Analyst


Needs Assessment and Strategic prioritization
Business Analysis planning (the day-to-day work)
Requirements Elicitation
Requirements Analysis and Specification (includes modeling)
Requirements Documentation, Validation, and Management
Business Solution Delivery, Operation, and Maintenance

Needs Assessment


Problem, opportunity, constraint and triage
Request analysis
Solution approaches and business cases
The product life-cycle
Prioritization
Approval and Funding
Project initiation

Business Planning


Business analysis Work
As-is versus to-be
Product/project life-cycle approach
Solution context and design
Stakeholder analysis
Assurance Design and Acceptance Criteria
Solution success
The Business Plan
Project initiation

Business Analysis – Elicitation


Question development
Stakeholder requirements
Elicitation
Requirements generation?Decomposition
Studying
Modeling: scope, process, data, rule
Requirements prioritization
PM/BA collaboration during Elicitation

Business Analysis - Analysis


Requirements analysis
Iterative modification and Change Control
Requirements classifications
Tools for thinking, analysis, documentation & presentation
Advanced modeling
Characteristics of Excellent Requirements
PM/BA collaboration during Analysis
Approval, Verification and Validation

Traceability and Monitoring


Requirements states
Traceability Matrices
Baselines
Conflict resolution
Facilitation
Configuration and Version control
Confirmation of solution delivery
Confirmation of business value
Status and reporting
PM/BA collaboration and contrasts

Evaluation


Testing and Test Plans
Metrics and KPI
Test cases
Gaps, deficits, Deltas, and defects
Acceptance criteria and implementation planning
PM/BA collaboration and separation
Go/No-Go analysis
Product implementation
Product Transition
Post-implementation valuation
Product life-cycle schedule
Solution Replacement/Phase-out

Project Management and Operations Interfaces


Project Management methodologies and their relationship to the Business Analyst
Methodology comparison, contrast, and overlap
Product life-cycles : Predictive/Waterfall, Iterative/Spiral, Incremental, Adaptive/Agile
Role of the PM
Role of the BA
Working with the PMO
The Business Analyst and Operations