Planning and Estimating

Overview

This 2-day course is appropriate for anyone that needs to learn how analyze and model requirements to support high quality Business Analysis work. Participants will practice analyzing and modeling process, data, interfaces, interactions, decisions and business rules.   

Upcoming Class Dates

Video Online Training

Pre-recorded Online Training is now available for this course.

Internationally Endorsed and Aligned with Best Practices

business analyst IIBA endorsed education provider

Bob the BA is an IIBA Endorsed Education Provider.  This course is aligned with the BABOK 3.0.

Earn 14 PDU / CDUs for both IIBA and PMI certification or recertification.

Approach

Our goal at Bob the BA is to help you think, learn and work differently so you can make an impact back on the job. If you always do what you have always done, you will end up right where you were before you were trained right?  So at Bob the BA we take a different approach because we know we learn best by doing and not through lecture. Our courses are always hands-on, practicing through exercises, activities, facilitated discussions, case studies, role play, workshops, printed materials and presentations.

Who Should Take This Course?

Anyone that is interested in a career in Business Analysis, wants foundational training analyzing and modeling requirements.

Objectives

  • Understand project vs. product (solution) scope

  • Document product (solution) scope in support of planning and estimating your Business Analysis work

  • Identify, analyze and manage stakeholders

  • Understand common Business Analysis approaches

  • Learn different approaches to estimating your Business Analysis work

  • Learn to communicate and manage your requirements work plan

Course Topics

  • Project vs. product (solution) scope

  • Documenting product (solution) scope as the input to your planning efforts

  • Key planning concepts for analyzing Business Analysis work

  • Understanding gap analysis

  • How to identify, analyze and manage stakeholders using various stakeholder analysis models (classic - RACI, Onion and others to modern - empathy maps)

  • Predictive (Waterfall, incremental) and Adaptive (Agile) approaches to planning Business Analysis work

  • How to plan the work and work the plan

  • How to develop the approach to your plan

  • Understanding complexity and impacts for your plan

  • How to choose techniques for your plan

  • How to choose activities and deliverables for your plan

  • How to communicate your plan

  • Understand various estimation techniques

  • Review examples of requirements work plans

  • Understand how the requirements work plan fits into the overall project plan

  • Understand additional change management needs of the plan

Instructors

 Jennifer Battan

Jennifer Battan

Public Course Instructor - Jennifer Battan, the Out of the Box BA, has an energetic passion injecting innovation and creative problem solving techniques into how BAs do their day to day work. Her passion is helping teams apply the art and science of business analysis techniques with fresh, modern perspectives.  Jen is an internationally recognized conference speaker, educator and thought leader within the business analysis and creative problem solving communities. She served on her local IIBA (International Institute of Business Analysis) Chapter board as President and various roles for more than seven years, and led a content development and writing team for the Guide to the IIBA Body of Knowledge.  Jen has been a passionate volunteer with the Minnesota Destination Imagination Affiliate for more than 18 years, serving as an Appraiser, Regional Challenge Master, and Volunteer Dissector (Challenge Editor) inspiring today's learners to utilize diverse approaches in applying 21st century skills and creativity.

 Bob Prentiss

Bob Prentiss

Enterprise Solutions Instructor - Bob Prentiss is our fearless leader and innovator. Bob is passionate about helping you think, learn and work differently. Bob is an awesome trainer, speaker, mentor, coach, and author. Collector of all things dragon related and Dr. Who fan. Bob is CBAP certified with 25+ years of experience in corporate America; with a background in managing BA centers of excellence, assessing and managing BA maturity, quality, and competency. Bob is an award winning curriculum developer. Bob has presented numerous keynote, workshops, seminars, conferences, and training sessions across North America. Bob is a founding member and past President of the IIBA MSP Chapter.

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