Business Analysis skills are increasingly in demand as organisations grapple with the need to ensure better return on project investment. Business Analysts bring a unique blend of technical and soft skills to any project. Key components of a BA role include business case development, analysis of the current state, development of the future states - all whilst keeping the business benefits constantly front of mind.
Business Analysts work as the liaison between the business stakeholders and those charged with implementation of the organisation’s objectives. BA skills are especially critical to IT-enabled business change projects where the mix of business and analysis skills really comes into play.
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The Business Analysis Foundation course is the cornerstone of the BCS Business Analysis Curriculum. It is an internationally-recognised qualification relevant to anyone requiring an understanding of Business Analysis including business analysts, business managers and their staff, business change managers, project managers, system developers.
This 4-day course comprehensively covers the BCS syllabus and prepares participants for the Business Analysis Foundation Exam, now an online exam which can be sat from any suitable computer or test centre around the world. For more information on Business Analysis Certifications please visit the BCS site.
The Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis will help participants to:
Understand the roles and responsibilities of Business Analyst in relation to the other roles typically found in the wider project and technical teams
Understand a generic Business Change Lifecycle and their role from initial business case, design, implementation and ultimately the realisation of benefits
Attain new skills to successfully develop, manage, and communicate business requirements and be a productive and contributing member of a project team
The foundation course covers the broad range of principles and techniques within the sphere of Business Analysis, including:
What is Business Analysis
The Competencies of a Business Analyst
The Strategic Context for Business Analysis
The Business Analysis Service Framework
Investigating the Business Situation
Analysing and Managing Stakeholders
Improving Business Services and Processes
Defining the Solution
Making the Business Case
Establishing the Requirements
Documenting and Modelling Requirements
Validating and Managing Requirements
Delivering the Requirements
Delivering the Business Solution
Who should attend
The Business Analysis Foundation course is relevant to anyone requiring an understanding of Business Analysis including:
Business Change Managers
The BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis
The Business Analysis Foundation course is also the starting point for anyone who wants to attain the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis. This is an internationally recognised qualification designed for business and IT professionals who are serious about business analysis and want to demonstrate they have a detailed understanding of business analysis best practice. To attain the Diploma, it is necessary to complete four modules – Foundation plus 3 Practitioner modules – and to then sit an oral exam. ALC offers the most requested Practitioner modules needed to satisfy the Diploma requirement.
Choosing the right course
There are two leading bodies in the world of business analysis – IIBA (International Institute of Business Analysis) and BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT. The two organisations collaborate for the furtherment of the business analysis profession. ALC offers the BCS curriculum on our public schedule and has the IIBA curriculum (CCBA, CBAP) available for in-house presentation. We recommend the BCS Business Analysis Foundation as the more robust starting point for any individual or organisation starting out on business analysis.
1. What is Business Analysis
Describe the business change lifecycle
List the following principles of business analysis
Describe the variants of the business analyst role
2. The Competencies of a Business Analyst
Explain the concept of the T-shaped Professional
Identify the three areas of business analysis competency
3. The Strategic Context for Business Analysis
Describe business analysis and the strategic context
Define the factors assessed using PESTLE to analyse an external environment
Identify the elements of the VMOST technique used to analyse an internal environment
Describe the following elements of performance measurement
Describe the structure of a SWOT analysis
Describe the POPIT and Business Model Canvas techniques used in strategy execution
4. The Business Analysis Service Framework, incorporating the following services:
Situation investigation and problem analysis
Feasibility assessment and business case development
Define the structure of the business requirements document
Understand the importance of the requirements catalogue
Describe the format of user stories
Describe the elements of the use case diagram used to model functional requirements
Describe the elements of a class model used to model data
Describe the product backlog in modelling and documentation in an Agile environment
12. Validating and Managing Requirements
Formal requirements validation
The activities in the Agile requirements validation process
Describe traceability and change control in relation to requirements management
13. Delivering the Requirements
Describe the following types of delivery lifecycle; waterfall lifecycle, the “V” model, the incremental lifecycle and the iterative lifecycle (Agile)
14. Delivering the Business Solution
Explain the role of the business analyst in the business change lifecycle
Describe the role of the business analyst during the design, development and test stages
Describe the SARAH (a person focused organisational change management tool) and a business readiness assessment technique
Describe how the benefits plan is used in the realisation stage
Fees Per Person
Business Analysis Foundation (4 days, Course & Exam)
$2,760 + gst
Course presentation, accredited by BCS
Comprehensive ALC course workbook
Official course textbook: Business Analysis, 4th edition
The BCS Business Analysis Foundation Certificate exam
There are no specific pre-requisites for entry to the course or examination.
Live Virtual Training – At course completion participants will be provided by BCS the examination institute, an access code to the online web-proctored exam hosted by QuestionMark and accessed via a web browser. Access codes are valid for 6 months.
Face-to-Face Training – Participants will be provided with a paper-based exam which is completed whilst at the course in the same venue of the course itself.
The format for the examination is a one hour multiple choice examination. The examination is closed book. Candidates must achieve 26 from 40 questions to pass. Successful candidates are rewarded the BCS Foundation Certificate in Business Analysis.
The course delivery format comprises theory, practical assignments and examination practice.
ALC Group is accredited by BCS as an Accredited Training Organisation for Business Analysis™ Foundation
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