Business Analysis Essentials

Advance from a complete novice to a confident Business Analyst with the help of an expert.
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  • Length 5.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
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About This Course

Published 12/2015 English Closed captions available

Course Description

“I solve problems you don’t know you have, in ways you can’t understand” (I am a Business Analyst).

The role of the Business Analyst is much more complex than the people perceive it to be and sometimes it can be a challenge to understand all its facets.

This course is aimed to overcome this challenge, by systematically introducing you in the world of Business Analysis, using a simplistic approach with a lot of examples anchored in our day to day life.

Master the Business Analysis concepts

  • System development life cycles
  • Eliciting requirements
  • Elicitation techniques
  • Documenting requirements
  • Writing quality requirements
  • Communicating requirements

There are many benefits for understanding these concepts, as they stay at the core foundation of the Business Analysis activity. Even if you are already working as a Business Analyst, these concepts will help you become a more effective and valuable employee. By applying the techniques taught here in your daily job as a Business Analyst you will be able to produce quality requirements in a shorter period of time and obtain the sign off of your requirements quicker. All this will translate into a successful project.

Contents and Overview

This course contains over 40 lectures and more than 3 hours of contents. It is designed for beginners to intermediate Business Analysts, students with no prior experience or junior Business Analyst who want to have a solid foundation in their career.

Beside the theoretical concepts taught, the course is packed with practical examples that would help you understand the techniques in a fun and functional way.

By the end of this course, you will have all the skills required to embark on a career as a Business Analyst. You will know what techniques to employ and when in order to elicit the stakeholders’ requirements and to bring everyone to a consensus with respect to the business needs.

And finally, you will have an opportunity to test your knowledge gained by taking the quizzes that complement each section.

What are the requirements for this course?

  • Just your willingness to learn

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 40 lectures and 3 hours of content
  • All Business Analysis fundamental knowledge
  • Step by step instructions about how to prepare for a Business Analyst interview
  • You will be able to be more effective and successful in your job as a Business Analyst

Who is the audience?

  • Everyone who wants to gain basic knowledge about Business Analysis
  • Students who want to pursue a Business Analyst career
  • Junior or Intermediate Business Analysts who want to become more effective
  • Senior Business Analysts who need a refresher of the Business Analysis core concepts



What are the requirements?

  • No pre-requisites are required

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand and justify the role of Business Analyst
  • Describe the Business Analyst's relationship with business and IT stakeholders
  • Understand the projects life cycles and the role of Business Analyst within each of them
  • Apprehend the importance of project definition and project scope
  • Recognize the different type of requirements and the need for requirements documentation
  • Understand the basic skills required to work as a Business Analyst and what the employers are looking for when hiring Business Analysts
  • Decide whether Business Analysis is the right career choice for them
  • Understand how to go about finding a position as a Business Analyst

What is the target audience?

  • Anybody who is interested to discover what Business Analysis is about
  • People who want to embark on a career as a Business Analyst
  • Students who want to decide if Business Analysis is the right career choice
  • Junior Business Analyst who want to build more confidence

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
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Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: The Art and Science of Business Analysis
Introduction
Preview
03:19
What is Business Analysis?
06:56
Role of Business Analyst
04:50
What do you need to be successful?
05:56
Key terms
07:09
Is Business Analysis an Art or a Science?
03:11
Conclusion
01:17
The Art and Science of Business Analysis
4 questions
Section 2: Stakeholders Management
Who are the actors?
07:42
How to identify the stakeholders
05:53
Understanding the stakeholders
02:17
Classifying the stakeholders
03:51
Conclusion
01:22
Case Study - City Transit System
Article
Section 3: Project evolution
SDLC
08:47
SDLC Models
02:43
Waterfall Model
Preview
06:06
V Model
02:35
Iterative Model
06:31
Spiral Model
04:32
Big Bang Model
03:54
Agile Model
05:04
Conclusion Section 3
01:39
Project evolution
4 questions
Section 4: Requirements lifecycle
Impact of SDLC on Business Analysis
03:18
Business Analyst's role during SDLC
05:23
Requirements in the context of SDLC
05:31
Conclusion Section 4
01:04
Requirements lifecycle
3 questions
Section 5: Requirements elicitation
What is requirements elicitation?
Preview
07:22
Preparing for elicitation
04:50
Conducting the elicitation activity
05:55
Conclusion
01:34
Requirements elicitation
3 questions
Section 6: Elicitation techniques for gathering requirements
Elicitation techniques overview
Preview
01:49
Brainstorming
05:05
Activity
01:36
Brainwriting
04:20
Interview
03:09
Activity
02:42
Observation
03:37
Activity
01:41
Focus group
04:12
Requirements workshop
04:48
Conclusion
01:51
Elicitation process
3 questions
Section 7: Elicitation techniques for analyzing requirements
Root cause analysis
Preview
04:20
Activity
01:27
GAP Analysis
03:00
Interface analysis
04:22
Document Analysis
05:39
Conclusion
02:04
Section 8: Elicitation techniques for decisions making
T-charts
03:35
Activity
01:45
Impact Effort Grid
02:34
Multivoting
03:14
Criteria-based Grid
03:19
Activity
01:57
Prototyping
02:50
Conclusion
01:53
Elicitation techniques for decision making
3 questions
Section 9: Requirements documentation
Documenting Requirements
Preview
03:17
Declarative Requirements
03:21
Use Cases
04:28
Data Models
04:29
Process models
02:32
Business Rules
03:43
Sign off
04:14
Change control
02:36
Requirements tools
02:56
Conclusion
01:51
Case Study - Dream Cafe
Article
Section 10: Requirements communication
Communicating requirements
03:48
Factors influencing the communication
04:17
Conclusion
01:39
Section 11: Qualitative requirements
Poor requirements - individual
09:19
Poor requirements - set
05:38
Impact of poor requirements
02:52
Guidelines for quality requirements
03:12
Conclusion
01:13
Qualitative requirements
3 questions
Section 12: Types of requirements
Functional vs. Non-Functional
04:40
Conclusion
01:29
Section 13: Landing a job as a Business Analyst
Required skills
Preview
08:14
Finding a job posting
04:47
Building your resume
04:31
The interview
11:22

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Instructor Biography

Cristian Fador, Business Consultant, CIP MBA

I started to work as a Business Analyst in 2000, when the topic was somehow in its infancy. At the time I was developing a reinsurance application and played the role of developer, business analyst and tester. That was my first introduction in the art of business analysis.

Three years later I joined a Business Analysis department in a major financial corporation and never looked back. Initially I started as a junior Business Analyst and as the years progressed I moved up through the ranks until eventually becoming the leader of the department.

I have participated to close to 100 projects, their size varying from small projects (less than $50,000 budget) to very large (over 10 million $), many times acting as a project manager.

Five years ago, I have been asked by some of my friends to get involved in their community and teach some Business Analysis courses for newcomers that were trying to apply for a job. That was an amazing and gratifying experience. It was amazing to see them growing from absolute novice to successful Business Analysts and landing jobs in the field.

After a few years of teaching both Business Analysis and Quality Assurance courses, I started to receive requests to teach on line and looking for a method to efficiently do this, I came across Udemy and embarked in this new venture.

I am absolutely convinced that you will enjoy my courses as I spare no effort to continuously improve them and make sure that the message I deliver is clearly received and understood.



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