Business Analysis Boot Camp:
A 5-Day Critical Skills Immersion

E-mail: execinfo@gmu.edu

Phone: 703-993-2109

Fax: 703-993-2121

“Business analyst practitioners are poised to have a dramatic impact on organizations’ ability to create more responsive business models while addressing the business/IT divide that plagues so many companies today.”
-- BPMInstitute.org

Course content and instructor endorsed by:
International Institute of Business Analysis

Innovations in information technology have had a dramatically positive impact on American business over the last 15 years. Still, research consistently shows that 50% to 70% of software and other large-scale transformation projects fail to deliver the intended business value. A knowledgeable business analyst can dramatically improve on those percentages.

Business analysis is the practice of enabling change in an enterprise by defining needs and recommending solutions that deliver value to stakeholders. The Business Analyst enables an enterprise to articulate needs and the rationale for change and to describe solutions that will deliver the desired business results.

The Business Analyst works as a liaison among stakeholders in order to elicit, analyze, communicate, validate and satisfy requirements for changes to business processes, policies and information systems. To succeed in this role, an individual must have a broad range of business, technical and interpersonal skills. The Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK 3.0) defines these skills in great detail. This Boot Camp distills the most essential skills into a five-day program. It is not a test prep course but rather a roadmap for success in the increasingly critical role of a Business Analyst.

To receive a Certificate of Completion, participants must attend all five days.

  • Active participation is expected from all students.
This program is intended to help those who contribute to, write and review requirements that define business success and for those who must develop and test solutions based on those requirements.

You will benefit if you are a …
  • Business Analysis Manager
  • IT or Development Manager
  • Business or Technical Analyst
  • Systems Analyst or Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Process Improvement Professional
  • Requirements Engineer

The Business Analysis Boot Camp delivers skills, techniques and tools to:

  • Understand and define the value your organization must deliver
  • Gather the information needed to clearly define the requirements
  • Document requirements for use by all stakeholders
  • Analyze, verify and validate requirements
  • Outline and evaluate potential solutions
  • Create a framework for successful requirements management and communication

DAY 1

  • Business Analysis Overview
    • Key definitions
    • Knowledge areas
    • Requirements development overview
  • Project Selection
    • Defining the business need
    • Creating the business case
    • Engaging stakeholders
  • BA Planning
    • Planning BA tasks
    • Developing the communication strategy

DAY 2

  • Elicitation and Collaboration
    • Understanding the difference
    • Stakeholder analysis
    • What to elicit
  • Techniques
      • Process analysis techniques
      • Interviews, focus groups, surveys, brainstorming
      • User stories and use cases
      • When, why, and how to use the techniques
  • Writing Requirements
    • Transitioning from elicitation to requirements

DAY 3

  • Elaborating the Requirements
    • Envisioning the future
    • Additional modeling techniques
    • Acceptance criteria
    • The requirements package
  • Getting the Right Requirements Right
    • Evaluating the requirements
    • Alignment with the business value

DAY 4

  • Solution Design
    • JAD sessions
    • Identifying solutions
    • Evaluating options
  • Managing BA Deliverables
    • Requirements management plan
    • Requirements prioritization
    • Requirements traceability
    • Change management

DAY 5

  • Confirming the Solution
    • Requirements allocation and traceability
    • Solution validation
  • Solution Implementation
    • Transition requirements
    • Readiness assessment
    • Implementation and support
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Schedule & Online Registration
Schedule & Print Registration
Dates: May 15-19, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Location: George Mason University, Arlington Campus
Founders Hall, Room TBD
Early Registration (by April 3) Fee: $2,495
General Registration Fee: $2,995
Contact: lscont@gmu.edu
Phone: 703-993-2109

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