Junior business analysts or anyone interested in becoming a business analyst and who needs an understanding of the tools and techniques of business analysis. Foundation in Business Analysis is also a Specialist Foundation module on the BCS (ISEB) International Diploma in Business Analysis.
Using the structure of the business analysis process model, this course will introduce you to some of the most important techniques that, as a Business Analyst, you’ll need to know. In fact, it’s the perfect introduction to business analysis, covering areas such as strategy analysis, investigation techniques, requirements engineering and much, much more. The knowledge you’ll gain will set you on the road to achieving your Practitioner level BCS BA qualifications.
Presented to you by one of the expert training consultants pictured below, each member of our Foundation in Business Analysis training team bring their substantial practical knowledge of business analysis to this programme.
To give you more of an idea of what you’ll learn and how the course will help you, here’s a quick guide to the three days.
- What is business analysis?
- Competencies of a Business Analyst
- Strategy analysis
- The business analysis process model
- Investigation techniques
- Stakeholder analysis and management
- Modelling business systems
- Modelling business processes
- Gathering requirements
- Documenting the managing requirements
- Modelling requirements
- Delivering the requirements
- Making a business and financial case
- Implementing business change
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 beneficial 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.
Yes. During this three day course you’ll receive all the training you need to prepare for the BCS Foundation in Business Analysis certificate multiple choice examination, which is held on the final afternoon of the course. A pass means a Foundation certificate in Business Analysis and that puts you one step closer to a BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis. But that’s not all, as well as covering the entire BCS syllabus, this programme will develop your SFIA skills, REQM, level 3.
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.
You will be given a copy of the book ‘Business Analysis (Fourth edition)’ which is co-edited by Assist Directors Debra Paul and James Cadle, which supports the syllabus of the Foundation in Business Analysis certification.
If this course is part of your BCS Diploma in Business Analysis programme you have a choice of further modules which include the Core BA Diploma modules, Business Analysis Practice and Requirements Engineering. Candidates who have already completed Foundation in Business Analysis also need to pass one of the Specialist Practitioner modules, from Benefits Management and Business Acceptance, Systems Modelling Techniques, Modelling Business Processes, Systems Development Essentials and Data Management Essentials. The structure of the certification is shown here.
Foundation in Business Analysis (a three-day course)
Introduction to business analysis
- The origins of business analysis
- The development of business analysis
- The scope of business analysis
- The role and responsibilities of the business analyst
The competencies of a business analyst
- Personal, business and professional competencies
- Competency development
Business strategy analysis
- The strategic context
- Strategy development
- Strategic analysis techniques
- SWOT analysis
- Executing strategy
The Business Analysis Process Model
- An approach to problem-solving
- Stages of the business analysis process model
- Techniques and activities for each stage
- Interviewing and workshops
- Observation approaches
- Scenarios and prototyping
- Quantitative investigation techniques
- Documenting the current situation
Stakeholder analysis and management
- Identifying and categorising stakeholders
- Analysing stakeholders
- Stakeholder management strategies
- Stakeholder perspectives
- Business activity models
Modelling business processes
- Functional and process views
- The organisational view of business processes
- Value propositions
- As is business process models
- Business events
- Improving business processes
- To be business process models
Defining the solution
- Gap analysis
- Introduction to business architecture
- Business architecture techniques
Making a business and financial case
- The business case in the project lifecycle
- Identifying options
- Assessing feasibility
- Structure of a business case
- Investment appraisal techniques
- Requirements engineering and the systems development lifecycle
- The requirements engineering framework
- Actors in requirements engineering
- Requirements elicitation
- Requirements analysis
- Documenting requirements
- Requirements validation
- Managing requirements
- Modelling system functions
- Modelling system data
Delivering the requirements
- Delivering the solution
- Development lifecycles
Delivering the business solution
- BA role in the business change lifecycle
- Design and Implementation
- The SARAH model
- Realisation of benefits
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