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Agile Business Analysis

Explore the role business analysis plays in successful Agile development projects, the philosophy behind Agile and the relevant methods and techniques. Analytical skills certification within the BCS Advanced International Diploma in Business Analysis

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    Duration: 3 days

    Price: Virtual: £1275 + VAT
    (includes exam)


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Who is this course for?

Business analysts and anyone who needs a thorough practical knowledge of the role business analysis can play in the success of Agile development projects. Agile Business Analysis is also a Analytical Skills module on the BCS (ISEB) Advanced Diploma in Business Analysis.

About the course

The Agile way of working is becoming ever more popular in modern business. It’s a smart way to work, and allows the business analyst to get to grips with how to contribute to the success of Agile development projects.

Using a true-to-life case study, learners use their existing business analysis knowledge and techniques, practising applying the Agile approach within a business analysis scenario. They come away with a real understanding of how business analysis is applied within the context of the Agile philosophy.

The course explores the philosophy behind Agile, the methods and techniques used within business and the principles that guide this way of working. The course also looks at the benefits of holistic and lean thinking in business.

Presented by one of the expert training consultants pictured below. Each member of our Agile Business Analysis training team brings substantial experience of working, in the BA role, on Agile projects.

How is the course structured?
Day
1
  • Agile philosophy.
  • Agile principles.
  • Agile methods.
Day
2
  • Modelling the business system.
  • Prioritising the business need.
  • Agile techniques.
Day
3
  • Agile techniques continued.
  • Scaling Agile.
  • Tools to support Agile.
  • Examination leading to certification in Agile Business Analysis.
Course manual

For virtual courses a printed copy of the latest edition of the comprehensive course manual will be sent to your home address in good time for the start of your course. Our delegates tell us that having access to a physical document is useful as both a reference document and for taking notes during the course. In addition, a link will be emailed to you to enable you to access an electronic copy of the same comprehensive manual for convenient future reference.

Is there an exam?

Yes. During this three day course you’ll receive all the training you need to prepare for the BCS Agile Business Analysis Professional Certificate exam, which is held on the final afternoon of the course. A pass in this module will contribute to the BCS International Advanced Diploma in Business Analysis.

At present, due to the Covid-19 crisis, the exam is not available in a classroom environment. However, for delegates attending a virtual or online course, the exam may be taken using the BCS online proctoring service. This exam consists of 40 multiple-choice questions with a pass mark of 26/40

What’s next?

If this course is part of your BCS Advanced Diploma in Business Analysis programme you have a choice of further modules you can take including Business Architecture, Data Analysis, Advanced Requirements Engineering, Business Finance, Benefits Planning and Realisation, Stakeholder Engagement and Team Leadership. The structure of the certification is shown here.

Full course outline

Agile Business Analysis ( a three-day course)

Course Content

The Agile Philosophy

  • The history of Agile and Agile Software Development.
  • The Agile Manifesto.
  • Agile components (principles, methods & techniques).
  • Agile in the business context.
  • Lean Business Analysis Service, system and Lean thinking).

Agile Principles

  • Collaborative working.
  • Self-organizing teams.
  • Continuous Improvement.
  • Iterative development/Incremental delivery.
  • Plan for, and build in change.

Agile Methods

  • History of Agile Methods.
  • Linear (defined) Vs Agile (empirical) methods.
  • Evolution of Agile methods.
  • Agile methods – DSDM, UP, SCRUM, XP, Lean Software.
  • BA role in Agile.

Understanding Stakeholders

  • Stakeholder groups.
  • Understanding the customer.
  • Agile BA role in stakeholder engagement and management.

Agile Modelling

  • Purpose and principles behind Agile Modelling.
  • The hierarchy of models (business view to system component).
  • Prioritisation using MoSCoW.
  • Decomposing and organizing business goals.

Agile Techniques

  • User stories and roles.
  • Managing requirements with the solution backlog.
  • Estimating story points.
  • Managing the iterations (Planning, aligning, traceability, velocity).

Agile BA Planning

  • BA role in agile projects.
  • Storyboarding/scenarios/prototyping.
  • Creating a kanban board.

Scaling Agile

  • Constraining factors.
  • The system of interest.

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Presenters for this course

Jonathan Hunsley
Jonathan Hunsley
Pete Thompson
Pete Thompson
Mike Williams
Mike Williams
Andrew Kell
Andrew Kell