Course Details

APMG AgileBA LogoThe Business Analyst is a critical role within an agile project team and with more and more organisations adopting agile approaches, we need to ensure those performing this crucial role have the necessary skills and expertise.

AgileBA® was developed by APMG in partnership with the DSDM consortium, providing the first comprehensive set of guidance, framework and practices for the business analyst working on an agile project.  It gives advice and guidance on working with business stakeholders, developers, testers and outlines the skills needed to deliver solutions incrementally.

This course will enable delegates to:

  • Understand the BA role in the Agile team and the organisation.
  • Identify stakeholders, personas and their involvement in Agile.
  • Describe the competencies and techniques of an Agile BA.
  • Capture and manage effective requirements for incremental solution delivery.
  • Learn how modelling techniques fit into an Agile environment.
  • Understand the importance of Facilitated Workshops.

This course is suitable for anyone interested in Business Analysis regardless of their experience, for example:

  • Business Analysts.
  • Project Managers.
  • Product Owners.
  • Agile Developers & Testers.
  • Business Representatives.

The Role of the BA in an Agile World

  • The Holistic View of the Business.
  • Understanding the Business Environment.
  • The Value Chain and Lean Thinking.
  • Implementing the Organisations Strategy.
  • Change Projects.

Agile Fundamentals and the Agile BA

  • Choosing DSDM as your Agile approach.
  • Philosophy and Fundamentals.
  • Understanding Project Variables.
  • DSDM Principles, Process and Team Model.

The Agile Business Case

  • Why do we need a Business Case?
  • The Project Business Case Evolution.
  • Agile Business Case Content.
  • Agile Roles and the Business Case.
  • Agile Practices and the Business Case.

Stakeholders in the Agile Project

  • What is a Stakeholder?
  • Agile Culture and Stakeholder Engagement.
  • Project Stakeholder Agile Roles.
  • Stakeholder Analysis Techniques.

Requirements and User Stories

  • What is a Requirement?
  • User Stories.
  • The Hierarchy of User Stories.
  • Requirements through the DSDM Lifecycle.
  • The Agile BA and the PRL.


  • Prioritising using MoSCoW.
  • Prioritising using KANO Model.
  • Effective Prioritisation.


  • When Should Facilitated Workshops be Used?
  • Agile BA Role in Facilitated Workshops.
  • Facilitated Workshops within the Project.
  • Workshop Roles.
  • Types of Workshops within an Agile Project.


  • What is a Model?
  • Target Audience for Models.
  • Modelling and Abstraction.
  • Modelling Perspectives.
  • Key Best Practice Modelling Techniques for the Agile BA.
  • Modelling and the DSDM Principles.

Time boxing and Iterative Development

  • The DSDM Timebox.
  • Types of Timebox.
  • DSDM Structured Timebox.
  • Timeboxes – the wider context.
  • Agile BA’s Role in the Timebox.
  • Iterative Development.
  • Agile BA’s Role in Iterative Development.

Requirements Planning and Estimating Throughout the Lifecycle

  • Requirements Planning.
  • Requirements Planning Through the Lifecycle.
  • Prioritised Requirements List.
  • Estimating within a DSDM Project.

The Requirements Lifecycle in an Agile Project

  • The Role of the Agile BA in Handling Requirements.
  • The Lifecycle of a Requirement.
  • Requirements within the Agile Project Lifecycle.
  • 4 days of classroom based training with accredited, experienced Business Analyst Trainer.
  • APMG AgileBA Handbook.
  • Case study and practical exercises.
  • Exam preparation
  • Agile Business Analysis Foundation Exam.
  • Agile Business Analysis Practitioner Exam
  • Hot & Cold Refreshments throughout the Course.
  • Light buffet lunch or restaurant menu.*

*dependant on venue/location

Foundation Level – Exam Format

  • Multiple Choice
  • 50 questions per paper
  • 25 marks required to pass (out of 50 available) – 50%
  • 40 minutes duration
  • Closed-book

Practitioner Level – Exam Format

  • Complex Multiple Choice
  • 4 questions per paper with 20 marks available per question
  • 40 marks required to pass (out of 80 available) - 50%
  • 2.5 hour duration
  • Open-book (AgileBA Handbook only)

Will I need to do any homework during the course?

Yes, some evening work and exam prep will be required.

Are there any pre-requisites for completing this course?

Passing the AgileBA® foundation exam is a re-requisite to taking the AgileBA® practitioner exam.

Is there an examination included with this course?

Delegates sit a 40 minute multiple choice Agile BA Foundation paper on the third day, and a 2.5 hour complex multiple choice Agile BA Practitioner paper on the fourth day. Successful candidates are awarded both an APMG® Foundation Certificate in Agile Business Analysis (AgileBA®) and an APMG® Practitioner Certificate in Agile Business Analysis (AgileBA®).

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