Learn how to effectively do business analysis in agile teams

By attending this 3-day course you will gain a deep understanding on how you and your team can perform business analysis activities in the agile context. You will learn and use agile business analysis approach to a sample scenario, so that after the course you can go back to your organization and apply what you have learnt.

This iSQI Certified Agile Business Analysis course is for anyone wishing to understand and apply business analysis tasks in the agile context. In agile teams, Product Owner as well as development team members perform tasks that lead to requirements discovery and delivery. The cadence and depth of these activities for agile teams differ though from traditional life cycles. This course provides overview of the agile business analysis approach and teaches techniques that fit well with the agile approach and philosophy. Not only will you gain role-specific tips of the trade, but also understand what is valuable or possible, based on real examples, which will help to stimulate collaboration and continuous improvement within agile team.

This course is extended with respect to the original 2 days course offered by iSQI because it now includes a study case that illustrates how the theoretical concepts can be used by the agile team. During this workshop participants will learn the framework for agile business analysis and techniques that can help them in performing business analysis tasks on daily basis. Based on the scenario they will apply the new approach and techniques to solve a set challenge.

Day 1

Module 1: Agile Philosophy

  • The rationale for adopting an Agile approach
  • The Agile Manifesto
  • The three overarching aspects of Agile
  • Business Analysis thinking and how it is relevant in Agile business

Module 2: Agile principles

  • The 12 core principles
  • Key principle – collaborative working
  • Key principle – self organising teams
  • Key principle – continuous improvement
  • Key principle – iterative development and incremental delivery
  • Key principle – building in change

Module 3: Agile methods

  • Elements of a method
  • Defined vs. empirical methods
  • Characteristics of Agile methods
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Agile methods
  • Roles in Agile
  • BA roles in Agile

Module 4: Business Analysis in Agile context

  • BABOK and the Agile extension
  • The Agile framework

Module 5: Understand the customer

  • Stakeholder groups
  • Personas
  • Business value definition

Day 2

Module 6: Modelling in agile context

  • Rationale and principles for Agile modelling
  • Hierarchy of models using the Functional Model Map (FMM)
  • Capability Modelling
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Use Case Modelling

Module 7: Decomposing and organising business goals

  • Goal decomposition vs Functional decomposition
  • Benefits of a goal decomposition approach as the basis for agile development
  • Prioritising business goals
  • Story mapping

Module 8: Agile Requirements

  • Hierarchy of requirements and how this relates to agile teams
  • User Roles
  • User Stories
  • Definition of Ready
  • User Story Life Cycle
  • Behaviour Driven Development for acceptance criteria development and test automation

Day 3

Module 9: Understand what’s doable – requirements management

  • Managing the backlog
  • Refinement sessions
  • Relative estimation
  • Planning workshop
  • Real options

Module 10: Planning the iteration 

  • Calculating and utilising velocity
  • Techniques to manage the iteration
  • Collaborative games
  • Retrospectives

Module 11: BA role in agile teams

  • Agile business analysis

Module 12: Exam

Our courses are organised in small groups of 12 delegates. We believe that small groups foster interaction and collaboration during the assignments and contribute to learning.

At the end of the third training day delegates will take an exam.

FORM OF THE EXAM

It is one hour ‘closed book’ exam with 40 multiple choice questions. Candidates are entitled to additional 15 minutes if the examination in a language that is not their native/official language.

Pass mark is 65%: 26 correct answers out of 40.

Positive exam result will award delegates with the iSQI® Certified Agile Business Analysis (CABA) certificate.

EXAMINATION BODY

BA Coach ISQI

TOTAL INVESTMENT
The course costs € 1450,00 (excluding 21% VAT) per person. This amount includes training materials and exam costs.

EXAM
The exam costs € 200,00 (excluding 21% VAT), and is included in the price.

COURSE MATERIAL
Delegates will receive a binder with slides (including speaker notes) and a book “Agile Business Analysis”, recommended by BCS.

CATERING
Coffee/tea and lunch are included in the price of the training. If you have any diet requirements due to food allergies, please don’t forget to mention them during your registration procedure.

PAYMENT
You will receive an invoice after your registration is completed. Please assure the payment is settled within 30 days or before start date of the training, at the latest.

This course is available in the open-schedule format at the following dates:

Register  24, 25 June and 1 July in Utrecht

Register 7,8, 14 October 2019 in Den Haag

Register 7, 8, 15 November 2019 in Den Haag

We can also deliver this course in-company. If you have doubts whether this course is suitable for your team/organization, do not hesitate to contact us. We can explain the details of different certification programmes for business analysts and advise you on what can work for your team and your organization.

You can reach us at +31 6 38 33 01 33 or send us a message using the form below:

What our delegates tell about the training:

“Very enthusiastic trainer! Provides many examples to illustrate the theory.”

“Many practice exercises help to understand the theory and learn it.”

“I think the part on stakeholdes management was the most useful to me. It provided many tools I can apply to manage the stakeholders in my project.”

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