Course Details

This course provides a solid introduction for anyone looking to gain a comprehensive understanding of the fundamentals of the business analyst role.

Internationally recognised and accredited by the BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT), the Foundation in Business Analysis course is for delegates who want to develop their practical skills and knowledge and understanding of business analysis principles and techniques.

This course is delivered to you by our expert training consultants that bring their substantial practical knowledge of business analysis to this programme.

This course will enable delegates to:

  • Develop BA competencies and skills in key areas such as strategic analysis, stakeholder management, elicitation techniques, requirements engineering and process modelling
  • Understand how to apply essential business analysis competencies using industry recognised best practice tools and techniques
  • Gain globally recognised professional accreditation in the field Business Analysis

This course is for anyone looking to gain a comprehensive understanding of the fundamentals of the business analyst role and industry best practice; whether that is someone considering a career in business analysis or someone already in the role that wants to develop professionally.

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

Investigation Techniques

  • 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

Documenting and managing requirements

  • Requirements engineering and systems development lifecycle (including Agile and waterfall)
  • The requirements engineering framework
  • Actors in requirements engineering
  • Requirements elicitation
  • Requirements analysis
  • Documenting requirements
  • Requirements validation
  • Managing requirements

Modelling 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
  • 3 days of classroom-based training
  • Comprehensive Course Manual (including printing costs)
  • Exercises/case study to enhance learning & accommodate learning styles
  • Business Analysis book in support of syllabus
  • Lunch & all refreshments each day
  • Exam fees
  • Multiple Choice
  • 40 questions per paper.
  • 26 marks required to pass (out of 40 available) – 65%
  • 60 minutes duration
  • Closed-book

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 joining this course?

There are no pre-requisites for the Foundation in Business Analysis course.

Upcoming Courses

Edinburgh - Mon 20th Aug - Wed 22nd August 2018.

email info@be-positive.co.uk to book your place or to ask about future dates.

Prefer us to come to you?

If you have people to train in Business Analysis you can save time and money by running an in house course. All accredited courses can be delivered at your offices, your choice of venue or one of our training venues anywhere in the world.