If you’re a Business Analyst in an organisation moving from waterfall to Agile does that mean you’ll be lost with nothing to do?
We certainly don’t think so. BAs have arguably one of the most important roles in an Agile project, because they talk to everyone involved. This course will show you how to combine your existing analysis skills with Agile tools and techniques. This means you’ll be better equipped to deliver value to product owners, manage all of the stakeholder wish lists and help ensure your team know what they’re doing. Far from being lost you’ll have found a way to be more successful. The skills required for effective business analysis and product ownership overlap extensively, so this course teaches you both. This course leverages the Agile Extension to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge and shows how the Discovery/Delivery techniques covered in the Extension can be applied effectively in Agile projects.
The Agile Business Analyst fulfils the IIBA requirements for contributing CDUs (Continuing Development Units) towards your Certificate of Competency in Business Analysis (CCBA®) or Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) certification.
ICAgile accredited Course
The ICP-BVA Certification from ICAgile, is granted on the successful completion of this course. This certification is part of the ICAgile Value Management Track along with theÂ Agile Fundamentals and Adaptive Portfolio Management courses.
Agilocity offers the complete ICAgile Value Management Track for those looking to become an ICAgile Certified Expert in Value Management (ICE-VM).
- The product owner role
- The value management team
- Where business analysis fits in the agile lifecycle
- The product development lifecycle
- Product roadmap
- Design workshops
- Story maps
- Release planning
- Backlog grooming
- Story splitting
- Story elaboration
- Frequent releases
- Successful closure
- Applying what you already know – using analysis models in Agile projects to identify and extract user stories: Use Cases Process Models Class Diagrams Decision Tools State Transition Diagrams
- Advanced systems analysis – explore the techniques from the Agile Extension to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge Strategies and practices for integrating the BA with Agile Software Development teams
- Five principles for agile business analysis and how they influence effective outcomes for our customers
Anyone who works in Agile projects doing Business Analysis tasks. This includes Business Analysts, Product Owners, Project Managers, Software Developers and those in Quality Assurance.
Learning Outcomes (LO’s)
By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
- Understand the roles and responsibilities involved in product ownership and where the business analyst can contribute
- Learn how to use a number of tools to help identify which products should be built to maximise business value using tools such as purpose alignment model, kano analysis and value stream mapping
- Understand how to build a product roadmap and link that to business outcomes
- Use personas and product design workshops to help define features and quality goals for building a product roadmap
- Understand the shape of a well-formed backlog and how to populate it progressively
- Learn how to practice techniques such as story mapping, prioritisation and backlog grooming to build a release plan
- Use paper prototyping and usability heuristics to guide the design of the product
- Elaborate stories for development on a just-in-time basis while ensuring the design principles and architectural guidelines are adhered to
- Understand the role of the Business Analyst in Agile software development teams
- Understand how lightweight modelling techniques are used on Agile Projects
- Understand how to derive User Stories from analysis models such as Process Models, Class Diagrams, State Transition Diagrams and other tools of the analysis trade
- Reduce waste by taking a lean approach to software requirements
- Understand how to integrate requirements management into an Agile software development process
- Utilise guidelines and practices for designing and deploying an effective Agile Business Analysis process
This course is about learning by doing. Along with lecturing there will be lots of exercises and activities which will embed and reinforce all of the things you have learned. This means that when you get back to work you will understand the theory of your role and you’ll be able to put it into practice from day one.
This course builds on your existing knowledge of both Agile and Business Analysis – you need to have a good understanding and experience in both to get the maximum benefit from attending this course.
Specific skills you need to have mastered before attending this class include Building and working with analysis models including process models, entity relationship models, decision tables/trees and use cases and building user stories.
If you would like to learn more about Agile practices, then consider attending Agilocity’s Agile Fundamentals course.
R10 430 (Excl. 14% VAT) per person.
Date & Bookings
Next class is a Saturday class and the dates are as follows:
Saturdays: August 5 and August 12, 2017.
Please contact us here to book or obtain more information.