Fundamentals of Business Analysis
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Fundamentals of Business Analysis

Learn the foundations of requirements elicitation, analysis and a whole lot more!
4.3 (1,361 ratings)
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Created by Don Hussey
Last updated 5/2017
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  • 6.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn the foundations of business analysis
  • Learn how to gather requirements from stakeholders and documentary sources
  • Learn how to analyze, diagram and model requirements
  • Learn how to present requirements effectively and gain acceptance
  • Learn how to manage requirements assets after the project is complete
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  • A strong desire to learn business analysis
  • Some business strategy knowledge helpful
  • No technical background required

Course Overview

This course provides everything you need to get started in your career in business analysis.

Our courses focus on how analysis is performed in the real world, and they're full of examples, case studies and lessons learned from actual Business Analysts on the job.

This is a perfect first course in any business analysis curriculum.


1. Business Analysis

  • Overview of Business Analysis
  • Overview of Requirements
  • Role of the Business Analyst

2. Stakeholders

  • Who are they? And why do they matter?
  • Stakeholder Interests
  • Handling Stakeholder Conflicts

3. Lifecycles

  • Systems Development Lifecycles
  • Project Lifecycles
  • Product Lifecycles
  • Requirement Lifecycles
  • Seventh Morning's Requirements Development Lifecycle

4. Forming Requirements

  • Overview of Requirements
  • Attributes of Good Requirements
  • Types of Requirements
  • Requirement Sources
  • Gathering Requirements from Stakeholders
  • Common Requirements Documents

5. Transforming Requirements

  • Stakeholder Needs Analysis
  • Decomposition Analysis
  • Additive/Subtractive Analysis
  • Gap Analysis
  • Notations (UML & BPMN)
  • Flowcharts
  • Swim Lane Flowcharts
  • Entity-Relationship Diagrams
  • State-Transition Diagrams
  • Data Flow Diagrams
  • Use Case Modeling
  • Business Process Modeling

6. Finalizing Requirements

  • Presenting – 10 Tips
  • Presenting Requirements
  • Socializing Requirements and Gaining Acceptance
  • Prioritizing Requirements

7. Managing Requirements Assets

  • Change Control
  • Requirements Tools
Who is the target audience?
  • Novice to intermediate Business Analysts
  • Professionals looking to transition into a Business Analyst role
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Curriculum For This Course
64 Lectures
1 Lecture 01:45

We are making a BUNCH of enhancements to the course. Check out this video to learn what to expect...

Preview 01:45
Overview of Business Analysis
9 Lectures 27:03

Exercise 1: What about You?

What is Business Analysis?

What is Business Analysis?
3 questions

The Value of Business Analysis

The Value of Business Analysis
2 questions

What Problems does it Address?

What Problems does it Address?
2 questions


3 questions

Who Performs Business Analysis?

Who Performs Business Analysis?
3 questions

The Business Analyst Role

Quiz: The Business Analyst Role
3 questions

Section 1 Materials
3 Lectures 30:07

Stakeholders are the Business Analyst's best friends. This lecture covers the most common types.

Who are Stakeholders, and Why do they Matter?

Working with stakeholders effectively requires knowing what they need. This lecture covers their typical needs and interests.

Preview 15:28

How do you handle situations where stakeholders have conflicting interests? Can you satisfy the needs of all parties?

Handling Stakeholder Conflicts
5 Lectures 21:40

This lecture provides a bird's eye view of waterfall and agile methodologies.

Systems Development Lifecycles

What's a project, and what are its parts? Watch this lecture to find out.

Project Lifecycles

How are products created, and how does a BA get involved? This lecture covers the lifecycle of the product.

Product Lifecycles

Requirements also have lifecycles. Watch this lecture for an overview of the IIBA's requirements lifecycle model.

Requirement Lifecycles

If you found the IIBA's model to be too dense, try Seventh Morning's RDM -- simple and easy-to-use.

Seventh Morning's Requirements Definition Model
Forming Requirements
10 Lectures 01:25:08

What is a requirement, and what do they look like? Find out in this lecture.

Overview of Requirements

Do you want to be a good Business Analyst? Then you must write good requirements. This lecture shows you what to look out for.

Attributes of Good Requirements

This lecture covers business requirements: what they look like and where they come from.

Business Requirements

This lecture covers user requirements, requirements for (and often from) your users.

User Requirements

This lecture covers functional requirements, probably the largest volume of requirements you'll write.

Functional Requirements

This lecture covers nonfunctional requirements. Overlook this type of requirement at your own risk!

Nonfunctional Requirements

Requirements come from stakeholders… but are they the only source?

Requirement Sources

Great, in-depth advice on how to conduct one-on-one interviews.

Gathering Requirements > One-on-One Interviews

Group interviews are just like one-on-one interviews… except for all their differences. This lecture shows you how to do them effectively.

Gathering Requirements > Group Interviews

The pros and cons of different types of documents, along with the instructors advice on how to overcome their shortcomings.

Common Requirements Documents
Transforming Requirements
14 Lectures 01:24:43

Business Analysts don't just write requirements! Analysis itself is where the BA adds the most value. This lecture tells you why.

Purpose of Analysis

Thinking about stuff is the most commonly used analysis technique performed today.

"Thinking about Stuff"

Performing a stakeholder needs analysis is one of the best ways to overcome conflicting requirements. This lecture shows you the steps.

Stakeholder Needs Analysis

Decomposition is a critical tool for Business Analysts. This lecture shows you how to perform one (with examples).

Preview 03:22

Having trouble understanding the role of a requirement in the larger picture? Additive/subtractive analysis can help you out.

Additive/Subtractive Analysis

Gap analyses help you draw a roadmap to get you (and your organization) where you need to go. This lecture shows you how to do them.

Gap Analysis

If you don't know what UML and BPMN are, you need to watch this lecture.

Notations: UML & BPMN

Flowcharts are the most basic tool of the Business Analyst. This lecture shows you how to master them.


What's better than a plain old flowchart? A swim lane flowchart. Here's how you make them.

Swim Lane Flowcharts

Entity-relationship diagrams help you analyze how "entities" relate to each other -- a key part of solution design. Here's how to create them effectively.

Preview 08:52

State transition diagrams are a hidden gem in the Business Analyst's toolbox. This lecture provides an introduction to the method.

State-Transition Diagrams

Data flow diagrams are powerful tools for illustrating how data moves around the organization. This lecture shows you how to create them.

Data Flow Diagrams

Use case modeling is one of the most commonly used tools in business analysis today. This lecture gives you a quick overview to get you started.

Use Case Modeling

Business Process Modeling is a major part of many Business Analysts' jobs. This lecture introduces you to the actors, process steps, tools and information that comprise it.

Business Process Modeling
Finalizing Requirements
7 Lectures 56:59

Ten tips for new presenters (and reminders for the rest of us).


What's the most effective way to guide your stakeholders through a requirements document?

Mechanics of the Walk-Through

If you just read your requirements document to your stakeholders, you'll lose their interest. This lecture gives advice on how to present each type of requirement.

Presenting Textual Requirements

Diagrams and models can be challenging to present and explain to stakeholders. Here is a case-by-case approach for each type.

Presenting Diagrams and Models

How to handle the questions, answers and criticism that naturally arise during the requirements walk-through.

General Advice

Going into a walk-through without discussing the requirements with key stakeholders beforehand can cause you major headaches. This lecture gives you a method for gaining their acceptance.

Socializing Requirements and Gaining Acceptance

Prioritizing requirements is a commonly-missed task by many Business Analysts. This lecture covers a simple and effective approach to getting it done.

Prioritizing Requirements
Managing Requirements Assets
4 Lectures 18:57

The job of the Business Analyst isn't over when the requirements are approved. This lecture covers some key remaining tasks.

Important of Post-Project Maintenance

Change control can make or break a product. Here is an overview of what you have to do post-approval.

Change Control

This lecture covers two types of requirements tools with common features.

Requirements Tools

Don't skip this lecture! Here is where you will find a number of helpful resources.

Course Conclusion
1 Lecture 06:36

Here you can find all the course downloads, along with a walkthrough of the Seventh Morning requirements template.

9 Lectures 53:02

Overview of the course scenario.

Scenario Overview

Here, you'll get to listen to our Business Analyst interviewing the project sponsor, plus a critique of what was done well (and not done well).

Interview with Solomon

Interview with Martha

In this lecture, we'll step through the documentation process, based on the notes our Business Analyst has taken.

Initial Documentation

Quick discussion of our approach to analyzing and modeling the requirements.

Transforming Requirements

In this lecture, we'll step through a stakeholder needs analysis.

Stakeholder Needs Analysis

In this lecture, we'll do a partial decomposition of the Product Line Sales Report.

Decomposition Analysis

In this lecture, we will review a swim lane flowchart that describes the scenario's process.

Swim Lane Flowchart

Walk-through of the draft requirements document. Be sure to download this from the lecture's additional resources!

Finalizing Requirements
1 More Section
About the Instructor
Don Hussey
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Don Hussey serves as Managing Director of Client Service and Business Development for Seventh Morning LLC.

Prior to founding Seventh Morning, Mr. Hussey was Senior Vice President of Global Internet Strategy for a global financial institution. In this role, he drove online strategy for the private bank, oversaw all business analysis and project management for the bank’s online channel, and overhauled the way these functions were run.

Before this role, Mr. Hussey was a star Project Manager/Business Analyst with a major investment bank. There, he managed the delivery of numerous critical projects and participated on teams that reengineered the project oversight process and introduced user-focused development disciplines.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Hussey held various roles in sales and sales management, client service, operations, and technology.