Business Analyst

Introducing business analyst

  • Introduction to business analyst domain
  • Need for business analysts
  • Various roles and responsibilities, how the business analyst fits in the project team
  • Significance of communication and collaboration
  • Core competencies of business analyst
  • Techniques and approaches in business analysis
  • How business analysts fit in the corporate structure
  • Different departments in the organization that business analysts connect with.

Understanding business needs

  • Understanding the needs of the business
  • Gathering the requirements
  • Studying feasibility, prioritizing, assessing the risks
  • Evaluating and choosing the right initiative
  • Assessing change of requirements
  • Getting the requirements

Project management

  • Introduction to the various types of projects
  • what are the phases in an IT project?
  • Important activities
  • Deliverables and key people involved
  • Comparing the software development lifecycle and product lifecycle
  • How one project depends on another project
  • what are the tasks and responsibilities of project manager?
    • Planning and monitoring a project
    • Critical path analysis
    • Relationship between tasks
    • Allocating the resources
    • Working under various constraints

Techniques used by business analysts

  • Introduction to the various techniques that the business analysts can use, like
    • SWOT
    • CATWOE
  • Important tools used by business analysts
  • Analysis of strategy
  • Various components of strategy analysis
  • Identification of stakeholders and the needs of business
  • What is business modeling?
  • Analyzing
  • Designing
  • Implementing
  • Testing
  • Deploying in the business environment

Software project methodologies

  • The various software engineering processes
  • Understanding the software project steps
  • Understanding the software development lifecycle
  • The difference between waterfall and agile software methodologies
  • Understanding RUP and RAD methodologies
  • Project deliverables

Requirement planning & elicitation

  • What is the role of business analysts in requirement gathering?
  • The various types of requirements
  • Business analysis plan
  • Requirements Work Plan
  • Components of RWP
  • Requirements Traceability Matrix
  • Business specifications and roles
  • Methods for elicitation like interview
    • Brainstorming
    • Document analysis
    • Survey
    • Reverse engineering
    • Product trails

Analyzing the requirements

  • The need for analyzing the requirements
  • Various modeling techniques of analyzing like
    • Organization
    • Process
    • Data
    • Location
    • Use cases and states
    • Business rules analysis
  • How to prioritize the requirements?
  • Requirement verification and its validation?
  • Documenting the requirements
  • Level of detail needed

Modeling business processes

  • What is business process modeling?
  • Importance of process modeling
  • Process management
  • Introduction to following
    • Unified Modeling Language
    • Prototyping
    • Structure diagrams
    • The various components
    • Package and object diagrams
    • Behavior diagram
    • Use case diagrams
    • Interaction overview diagram

Evaluating business solutions

  • Evaluating the solution
  • Measuring the performance of the solution
  • Analyzing performance metrics
  • Assessing the limitations of the solution
  • Improving the value of the solution through recommended solution

Scope of business analysts

  • Understanding How business analysts make a difference in various domains
  • The scope of business analysts in the agile methodology perspective
  • Defining the various techniques and approaches of business analysts
  • The scope of business analysts in business intelligence
  • How business analysts improve the information technology domain?
  • Business analysts streamlining the domain of business architecture
  • The various methodologies
  • Frameworks and techniques
  • How business analysts make a difference in business process management