Whether you work in an agile team, or write traditional specifications, the essential business analysis task is to uncover the real needs of the real customers. Without understanding the real need, it is extremely difficult to deliver real value.
Your organization is constantly having to adapt to the relentless changes to its environment – changes to the law, changes in the marketplace, changes in technology, and changes to the available opportunities. Any change results in a development effort to deliver a new or enhanced software system, business process, consumer product or service. Furthermore, the rate of change is so rapid that we simply don’t have time to get the wrong result and deliver the wrong solution.
This course is about using analytical skills to understand the real, underlying problem to solve. It is about integrating business analysis skills into your team regardless of whether it is an agile team, or a more traditional one producing a complete requirements specification. It is about ensuring that you always deliver the right solution, and that you deliver quickly.
By attending this two-day course, you will learn:
Business analysis is a skill that should be present in all development efforts, and in day-to-day organisational tasks. The skill is usually, but not necessarily, associated with job titles such as:
… or similar titles. We also find Business Stakeholders, Users and Software Customers benefit from learning advanced business analysis techniques, and how they can contribute to the organisation’s well-being.
Despite our technological advances, the biggest problem is still the human one: how to correctly understand the customer’s real problem, and how to ensure that your solution is correctly solving that problem.
The real problem is not found by running endless prototypes past our customers. Nor is it likely that an assumed solution will deliver much value. However, analytical thinking uncovers the real needs and allows the right solution to emerge. This means:
This course gives you a different approach to business analysis. This one provides a business analysis framework that works regardless of whether you are part of an agile environment and need to provide stories for iterative development, or whether you are in a traditional environment and need to produce a requirements specification suitable for more formalized environments and outsourcing.
Our businesses thrive or flounder on the effectiveness of their business processes, both automated and manual. Businesses with good processes provide a better service and are more responsive to their customers. The converse is also true. Business analysis is the craft of enlightened improvement to business systems and processes. Moreover, business analysis gives you ways of identifying the areas where development efforts will yield the highest value.
This two-day course in business analysis gives you the skills and tools to discover your client’s real business, and to determine and demonstrate the best ways of improving it.
This course is a natural companion to Mastering the Requirements Process, where we teach the art of requirements writing. The models and understanding produced by Business Analysis Agility are the optimal input, and foundation for, your requirements process. You receive a free copy of the book Business Analysis Agility: Delivering Value, Not Just Software by James & Suzanne Robertson.
The Atlantic Systems Guild is a recognised training provider of the International Requirements Engineering Board (IREB) for both the foundation level and the advanced level syllabi.
Please note: the number of attendees is limited. Please register early!
The seminars and workshops that we offer as In-house will take place right at your office. Well in advance we will discuss the room requirements, especially in the case of workshops. If your organisation has widely dispersed offices we can also decide to run the workshop in a venue of your choice that is centrally located.
Practically all of our seminars and workshops can be offered as an In-house course for your company exclusively. Sometimes as a shorter version or if need be as an extended version with more detail or exercises or with extra focus on specific topics that apply to your organization.