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Agile BA Practitioner Course

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Be Agile Analysis Ready

Included in the Training Course

  • Earn 16 PD hours / CDUs.
  • IIBA® Endorsed Course.
  • CBAP® Tutor Support for each student.
  • Online and On-demand to suit your schedule.
  • Content aligned to Agile Extension v2 to the BABOK® Guide v3.

IIBA® Endorsed: Earn 16 PD Hours / CDUs

Course title: Agile BA Practitioner Course

Method of Delivery: Online, with on-demand tutor support

Who should do this course? This course is recommended for people who are entering or working in the sphere of Agile projects and who would like to enhance their Agile analysis knowledge and skills with a focus on Agile analysis techniques. This course is covers the content of the Agile Extension v2 to the BABOK® Guide v3.

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Agile BA Courses Australia

“Agile” has gained a reputation for being something of a buzzword in business circles, as if everyone is trying to cash in on the Agile craze that swept through the software development industry. To some extent, that may actually be true.

The word has, indeed, occasionally been misused and abused. When it comes to discussions about the profession of business analysis, not too much attention should be paid to the fact that the term (within the context scope) originated from software development methods. We must, however, also understand those origins, in order to create context for others.

In Agile software development, programmers work in very small teams, often simply pairs, where the development takes place in very small incremental steps with testing taking place synchronously with development. That is different in many ways from traditional software development where there is a pattern of building first and then testing.

When performing in the role of a Business Analyst, you’ll need to use that kind of analytical method, but you also need to employ the other interpretation of “Agile” which means having a certain flexible and dextrous approach to problem solving.

Basically there is an emphasis on immediate feedback in the Agile process, where in normal business communications there is an emphasis on documenting everything as much as possible. The idea is to save some time by eliminating the stop-start nature that comes from doing things, documenting them, getting feedback, and then repeating the cycle until a process is considered to be “complete”.

What You Learn While Studying Agile BA Course Online

In an Agile BA course, you will learn how to apply Agile methods in a business analysis context. The complication in understanding can arise because everyone involved in an Agile project will at some point be performing business analysis, except that they may not realize they are doing so.

How it works is that the participant in the project is evaluating the processes to determine how well the solution meets the requirements of the problem they are attempting to solve.

For example, an engineering team tasked with designing the headrest of a car seat to reduce the possibility of whiplash would take vastly different approaches using traditional methods vs Agile methods.

The traditional methodology would involve designing the headrest, documenting their reasons for designing it that way, testing to see if it works, documenting the results of the tests, and then redesigning as necessary (repeating all the steps) until the project is thought to be complete.

This example is actually based on reality, and it highlights one of the flaws in the traditional method. You’ve probably noticed that the headrests in modern cars are notoriously uncomfortable, and customers really dislike this fact. It’s because they don’t understand that the feature is not about providing comfort for them, but about providing safety.

With an Agile methodology, the engineering team would be more likely to come up with a better headrest because they’re getting feedback about the comfort factor, so they’re not exclusively focused on the safety factor. In theory, this should lead to the development of a safe and comfortable headrest.

In the business analysis context, you look at the methods being used and question them, and you question the results as well. Ultimately you want to know if the best methods and the best objectives are being utilized. This way of thinking can be applied to products, services, and the business itself.

Why You Should Study Your Agile BA Course Online

I’m going to make a guess that if you’re reading this, you probably live a pretty busy life. The majority of those who come to us for training tend to already be working in an important business role. That’s not a requirement, of course, it’s just what generally tends to be the case.

If you consider your time to be a precious commodity, then you will appreciate all the many advantages online training provides.

Instead of having to drive to a training venue, find a parking space, locate the classroom, sit through the lesson, and then depart, you can access your course with just a few mouse clicks and a bit of typing.

In the classroom you could possibly find your mind occasionally wandering away from the topic under discussion, and that would be quite a problem. If that happened while studying online, it would be no big deal because you could rewind and repeat whatever you missed.

And Finally, Why Business Analysis Excellence Provides The Best Courses for Agile BA

There are a lot of good reasons to choose Business Analysis Excellence as your training provider. We offer more than the typical training experience and we do it for a wonderfully affordable price. That means you’ll get better value on your IIBA accredited training in Agile business analysis methods. To find out more, get in touch and ask us anything. We may even be able to improve the page you’re currently reading from the questions you ask us. That’s an ideal demonstration of Agile methodology in action.

Business Analysis Excellence provides various online training courses for business analysts including Babok Courses, Short BA Courses, CBAP Courses & IT Business Analyst Courses. Also, there are few IIBA ertifications available around the world including CCBA Certification, CBAP Certification, BABOK Certification, ECBA Certification, IIBA Certification & Business Analyst Certification to progress their career as a Business Analyst. To find out more, get in touch and ask us anything. We are happy to answer your questions & to provide more information you need about our courses.

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Learning Objectives

  • At the end of this course the student will have solid foundation knowledge of all the most important Agile analysis concepts as it is outlined in the Agile Extension v2 to the BABOK Guide v3.
  • You will have a good understanding of the Agile analysis planning horizons (Strategy, Initiative & Delivery) and know what the role of the Agile Business Analysis Practitioner includes.
  • You will be able to practically apply analysis concepts and techniques within the Agile context and with an Agile Mindset.
  • The course is designed to assist you in your learning through video lessons, knowledge quizzes, Agile Extension v2 references and practical assignments to practice what you’ve learned.

Detailed Course Outline

Theme: Agile Business Analysis

Lesson 1: An introduction to Agile Business Analysis

  • What is Agile Business Analysis?
  • What is Agile Delivery?
  • Business Analysis in the organisation

Lesson 2: The Agile Mindset

  • What is the Agile Mindset?
  • Applying the Agile mindset as a Business Analyst
  • The Agile Manifesto
  • Seven Principles of Agile Business Analysis

Lesson 3: Planning Horizons and Approaches

  • Overview of the three horizons
  • Real world examples of Strategy, Initiative and Delivery analysis work
  • Predictive, Iterative and Adaptive Planning with real world example scenarios

Lesson 4: Role of Analysis at each Planning Horizon

  • Strategy Horizon
  • Initiative Horizon
  • Delivery Horizon

Theme: Agile Analysis Techniques

Lesson 5

  • Backlog Refinement
  • Behaviour Driven Development
  • Impact Mapping
  • Job Stories
  • Kano Analysis
  • Minimal Viable Product

Lesson 6

  • Personas
  • Planning Workshops
  • Portfolio Kanban
  • Product Roadmap
  • Purpose Alignment Model
  • Real Options

Lesson 7

  • Relative Estimation
  • Retrospectives
  • Reviews
  • Spikes
  • Storyboarding
  • Story Decomposition

Lesson 8

  • Story Elaboration
  • Story Mapping
  • User Stories
  • Value Modelling
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Visioning
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