Unit 1: Introduction to Business Analysis

  1. Introduction to Business Analysis
  2. Importance of Effective Business Analysis
  3. Business Composition and Architecture
  4. Roles and Responsibilities of a Business Analyst
  5. Need for a Business Analyst
  6. Standardization and Adaptability
  7. Importance of Communication/Collaboration
  8. Project Team
  9. Importance of Business Analyst in the Project Team
  10. Business Analyst Career Path

Unit 2: Corporate Structure and Business Analyst Positioning

  1. What is a company?
  2. Different Departments
    1. Roles and Job Types
    2. Tasks/Responsibilities
  3. Positioning of Business Analyst
  4. Types of Organization

Unit 3: Strategy Analysis

  1. What is Strategy Analysis
  2. Components of Strategy analysis
  3. Identifying Stakeholders and Business Needs
  4. Techniques used
    1. SWOT Analysis
    2. Benchmarking and Market Analysis (5 Forces analysis, PEST, STEEP, CATWOE)
    3. Business Rule Analysis
    4. Root Cause Analysis
    5. Organizational Modelling

Unit 4: SDLC Lifecycle

  1. Requirement Gathering
  2. Analysis
  3. Design
  4. Implementation
  5. Testing
  6. Deployment
  7. Role of BA in each phase and deliverables

Unit 5: Software Engineering Methods

  1. Waterfall Model
  2. AGILE Methodology – We should be focusing more time and effort on this as this is the key to the future
    1. Types of Agile – SCRUM, KANBAN
    2. Tools – JIRA, Asana and other team collaboration and communication tools

Unit 6: Understanding and Capturing Business Needs

  1. Setting up priorities
  2. Feasibility Studies
  3. Project Scope
  4. Business Case
  5. Risk Assessment
  6. Evaluating and Selecting an Initiative
  7. Setting up Future Vision

VD: This is needed at a senior level. I believe we should only cover this at high level as I don’t think any company would ask fresher / entry level BA to set up future vision.

Unit 7: Business Analysis Planning & Monitoring

  1. Business Analysis Approach
  2. Stakeholder Engagement
  3. Business Analysis Governance
  4. Business Analysis Information Management
  5. Identify Business Analysis Performance Improvements

Unit 8: Requirements Elicitation

  1. The Requirements Work Plan (RWP)
  2. Identifying good questions for elicitation
  3. Roles of BA in Requirements Planning
    1. Investigative Approach
    2. Iterative Approach
  4. Elicitation Techniques
    1. Interview
    2. Focus groups
    3. Brainstorming
    4. Observation
    5. Survey
    6. Prototype
    7. Document Analysis
    8. Business Rule Analysis
    9. Collaborative Games

Unit 9: Requirements Modeling

  1. Types of Requirements
  2. Prioritizing Requirements
  3. Requirements Traceability
  4. Managing change
  5. Requirement sign-off and management

Unit 10: Requirements Documentation

  1. Formal and Informal Documentation and the, Level of Detail Required
  2. Writing for Usability and Comprehension
  3. Common Requirements Document Defects
  4. Components of a Formal Requirements Document
  5. Requirements Verification and Validation
  6. Requirements Sign-Off

Unit 11: Process/Requirements Modeling

  1. Why Models are created?
  2. Objectives of Modeling
  3. What is Process Management
  4. Understanding Process Modeling
  5. AS-IS Vs. TO-BE Modeling
  6. Prototyping
  7. Unified Modeling Language
    1. Structure Diagrams
      1. Class
      2. Component
      3. Composite Structure
      4. Deployment
      5. Object and Package Diagrams
    2. Behaviour Diagrams
      1. Activity
      2. State Machine
      3. Use Case Diagrams
    3. Interaction Overview Diagram
      1. Communication
      2. Interaction Overview
      3. Sequence
      4. Timing Diagrams
  8. Verify Requirements
  9. Validate Requirements

Unit 12: Business Requirements Gathering Tool

  1. Various tools used by BA for elicitation and requirements management.

Unit 13: Business Improvements

  1. Selection of Process teams and Leader
  2. Process Analysis Training
  3. Process Analysis Interview
  4. Process Documentation
  5. Review CycleProblem Analysis

VD: We do not have this unit as of now.

Unit 14: Business Analysis professional bodies

  1. International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA)®
  2. IREB (International Requirements Engineering Board)
  3. PMI (Project Management Institute)
  4. BCS (British Computer Society)

Unit 15: Agile

Introduction to Agile World

  1. Traditional vs Empirical process
  2. Scrum/XP/Lean/Kanban
  3. Agile Manifesto
  4. Scrum Values
  5. Scrum Framework
  6. Sprint
  7. Scrum Roles – Product Owner, Scrum Master, Scrum Team
  8. Understanding BA role in Scrum
  9. Scrum Ceremonies: Daily Stand up Meeting/Sprint Review/Sprint Retrospective/Sprint Planning
  10. Product Backlog Grooming ( Project)
  11. Writing User Stories  (Activity based)
  12. Understanding Acceptance criteria in a user story

Unit 16:Understanding Agile Estimation and Metrics

  1. Sprint Planning meeting using Planning Poker
  2. Purpose of Metrics – velocity
  3. Burndown charts
  4. Creating a Burn down chart – Activity
  5. Defect Management in Agile
  6. Writing a test case ( Activity)
  7. JIRA – Project Management tool in Agile
  8. Distributed Delivery Models in Agile

Interview Prep including sample questions

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