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BA Boot Camp (cover page)

*This course has been updated, improved and expanded to be consistent with the Business Analyst Body of Knowledge Version 3.0, with additional references to the PMI-PBA certification, as well as Agile techniques.

Business Analysts provide an essential function by assessing and analyzing the business environment, defining the scope of business problems, capturing project requirements, designing high-value solution approaches, and ensuring that the defined scope meets the customer's needs, goals, objectives, and expectations. This practical workshop will provide participants with fundamental analysis tools and techniques, including methods to understand the business environment, define a problem using a systematic approach, and influence and inform project stakeholders at all levels. You will gain pragmatic solutions to sustain stakeholder engagement throughout the project lifecycle, including questioning, listening, business need identification, problem solving, presentation, validation, and acceptance of the effective solution. 

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BPMN Example

Most business and technical stakeholders (from sponsors, customers, and end users to business analysts, project managers, designers/architects, testers, support, and so on) are vividly aware that, in order to come up with good solutions, we need to be able to describe, understand, and communicate our organizations' business processes, end-to-end and top-to-bottom. Yet, despite decades of flowcharting-talk and uncounted number of Visio diagrams, we are still struggling with this challenge. Without doubt, this is a major contributor to projects that fail to deliver (e.g. cancelled, over schedule and/or budget, products of poor quality or that include either only a fraction of the required functionality or functionality that nobody ever uses).

In the last couple of years, more and more organizations have adopted a new standard: Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN). By now, a de-facto standard for business process modeling, BPMN enables bridging the communication gap between business and technical people by providing an effective, efficient, and flexible way to capture, model, analyze, and design business processes, in a way that is easily understood by all interested parties.

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BPI Roadmap

This business process improvement course provides you with an opportunity to learn the essential knowledge and skills for applying the most effective and current business analysis techniques when modeling your business, comprehensively analyzing the current state, and subsequently designing the future state. The application of these techniques will be presented as part of an overall framework, as you identify key deliverables and the major steps from modeling and analysis of the current state and future state design.

Successfully completing this course will enable you to reach the level of proficiency needed to apply these techniques and analytical framework to your own work assignments.

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RLCM (cover page)

In this business analysis course, you will learn how to manage requirements and requirement designs throughout the whole solution development life cycle, using a structured and standardized approach based on latest “Business Analysis Body of Knowledge” (BABOKTM) from IIBATM and various sources from PMITM.

Requirements Life Cycle Management is one of the six knowledge areas identified in BABOKTM and describes the tasks required to manage and maintain requirements and design information from their inception to their retirement. These tasks include establishing and maintaining meaningful traceability between related requirements, designs, and other related elements/components, maintaining requirement attributes/properties, prioritizing requirements, assessing impacts of requirements and/or requirement changes, and gaining consensus and approval on which requirements/designs to implement.

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Reqs Risk Mgmt (cover page)

Requirements development is hard. Major requirements problems remain, especially on larger projects, even when basic requirements development and management practices are effectively used. Part of the problem is that requirements development is less about technical activities like specifying and analyzing and more about messy human activities like teaming, discovering, communicating, and negotiating. Human factors get in the way of efficiency. High precision is unnatural to many people. Ambiguous communication is the rule, not the exception.

This workshop surveys more than 50 safety tactics that you can use in any combination to develop a requirements risk management strategy tailored to the dangers in your situation. By practicing some of the safety tactics and experiencing their impact firsthand you will learn about tactics for avoiding failures, mitigating the impact of defects, minimizing communication problems, and monitoring status as well as tactics for staffing, planning, and preparing for requirements risk management.

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The business architecture has many components and artifacts. They might not all be applicable to every enterprise. The techniques and tools that you will apply in the workshop can be tailored to your specific company's environment. The key is to gain a "good enough" understanding so that you can communicate the benefits of relevant business architecture components and artifacts and know which will provide the biggest business value.

Many of these initiatives will take years to implement while changing the enterprise paradigm to effectively utilize the result. Managers tend to be assigned to these initiatives without the knowledge or skills to make them successful. Be ready for these enterprise initiatives! Assure business value when transitioning from strategy to tactical. Participants will learn to identify the best approach to use based on initiative characteristics and business strategies.

This three-day workshop offers a breadth of topics covering enterprise-wide analysis while drilling down into the business architecture.

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PMI-PBA Certification Boot Camp is designed to help you succeed on your first exam attempt. During each of the five domains identified in the PMI-PBA® Examination Content Outline, you will be continuously exposed to review questions to reinforce the information reviewed during the lecture and discussion portions. These review questions are comparable to the types of questions you will experience on the actual exam. This course has aligned the forty Knowledge and Skills within the five Domains to help you understand how they interrelate.