Plan the Project as a Business Analyst
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Plan the Project as a Business Analyst

Increase your value as a Business Analyst by learning how to plan projects successfully without a Project Manager
4.7 (864 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
6,340 students enrolled
Last updated 5/2020
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This course includes
  • 5.5 hours on-demand video
  • 12 articles
  • 49 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Gain the ability to identify, analyze, manage, and involve stakeholders based on their needs and the needs of the project
  • Learn how to create a Project Charter and facilitate an official project kickoff
  • Learn how to create a requirements management plan by defining the level of detail, storage and access needs, traceability, reuse, and change control process of the project
  • Understand how to break down the large project into workable activities
  • Learn various estimation techniques to estimate the effort to complete the project
  • Gain the ability to create both an adaptive (agile) or predictive (waterfall) project schedule
  • Understand how to complete a Quality Plan that outlines expectations for testing and quality assurance, managing defects, and training
  • Learn how to conduct release planning for both adaptive (agile) and predictive (waterfall) projects
  • Gain the ability to identify and set performance measure for both the project and for business analysis
Requirements
  • No Business Analysis experience necessary, but it is recommended (not required) that you have taken the first two courses in the Business Analysis Process Series, "Identify and Define the Problem" and "Conduct a Strategy Analysis"
Description

OVER 40% OF PROJECTS FAIL BECAUSE OF A LACK OF PLANNING - BECOME ONE OF THE FEW BUSINESS ANALYSTS THAT ARE TRAINED IN USING PROJECT MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES AND SEE MORE PROJECTS THROUGH TO SUCCESS

The top-cited reason by organizations for not planning a project is not understanding how to plan.

And since many organizations don’t have the resources to put a Business Analyst and a Project Manager on the same projects, they often expect the BA to take on the responsibilities of both.

Leaving you in charge of the planning.

And since the majority of Business Analysts aren’t trained in the role of project management – you’re often stuck in an embarrassing and stressful situation.

This course will teach you how to use project management techniques to put together a robust step-by-step project plan that’ll not only help ensure a project’s success but also save your organization time and money…

As well as keep you one step ahead of your competition while you do it.

Course enrollment grants you lifetime access, with no expiration, to all the course lectures, activities, handouts, and quizzes. In addition, you’ll also receive 1-on-1 support for any questions or uncertainties that come up. And this all comes with a money-back guarantee. You have nothing to lose and so much to gain.

Looking to get ECBA certified? - This course qualifies for 5.5 hours of Professional Development


Why do organizations tend to still execute projects without a plan?

The common reasons given are:

1. We don’t have time to plan

2. Plans only cause constraints and restrict our team

3. Things change too much to plan for them

And while these seem like legitimate reasons, they aren’t!

Taking steps upfront to plan the project will actually:

1. Help you understand and prioritize project activities – allowing you to manage your time and resources effectively

2. Provide direction to team members about their roles and responsibilities – so they can focus on doing their jobs as well as possible, and not waste time struggling to understand what’s required of them

3. Allow you to predict changes and possibilities – leaving you in a position to respond to stumbling blocks effectively and spend less time fighting fires


Let’s hear what our students have to say:

★★★★★ “The course is great for both new and experienced Business Analysts who want to streamline and finish their learning mode. It takes you step by step of the whole project planning phase. […] The course is perfect, it really teach you a lot, I know it because I have taken full business analysis courses online and offline from a couple of instructors and no one is better.” – Talai

★★★★★ “Course continues to exceed my expectation. Jeremy presents the information in an easy to understand. I recommend his courses to all that have an interest in Business Analysis or Project Management.” - James

★★★★★ “Jeremy's in-depth knowledge on the role of business analysis is quite transparent and shines through. Breaking down that role and clearly explaining the requirements and how to measure the KPI to be successful as a business analysis is quite informative. Thank you Jeremy.” - Saul


By this point, you’re probably sold on the virtues of planning…

But perhaps you’re intimidated by the idea of learning how to be able to plan any variety of projects – and indeed what aspects of a project you should be planning.

If so, don’t panic.

This course will take you through my 5-Step Project Planning Process. This process will act as a framework for you to use for all your future projects.

The BA Guide’s 5 Step Process to Plan a Project

  1. Initiate the Project Plan - Learn how to identify and engage with stakeholders, create a Project Charter, and conduct an official kick-off meeting

  2. Create a Requirements Management Plan - Learn how to define the different aspects of the requirements including the level of detail, storage, access, traceability, reuse, and more, to give you an overview of what needs to be done.

  3. Define the Project Plan Details - Learn how to break down the project, estimate the effort, and put together a project schedule that ensures the project is delivered on time.

  4. Conduct Stakeholder Analysis & Engagement - Learn how to utilize various techniques to assign roles, responsibilities, and define a communication plan, so you can stay in control.

  5. Set Performance Measures - Learn to identify key performance indicators to later validate success and learn from areas of opportunity.

Within each step, you’ll learn the techniques, tools, and skills through the use of practical, real-world examples – meaning you won’t just understand the 5 steps, but you’ll also know how to apply them when the opportunity arises.


What is included in the course?

- Over 5 hours of high-quality video lectures that break down all the concepts covered into an easy to understand, step-by-step format.

- A 35-page Student Workbook that will enhance your learning and your information retention from the course, as well as giving you reference material after you’ve completed the course.

- 13 Business Analysis Templates so you have all the tools you need to immediately start putting together a project plan.

In addition to all the tools you’ll need to start planning the project, you’ll also get a foot into the field by way of an industry expert

I’m not just the instructor who wrote this course, I will also act as both a resource and a mentor to guide you to a long and rewarding career in Business Analysis!


Still not sure? Hear what others had to say

★★★★★ “The course is very practical and very helpful. Planning, communication and collaboration can save every project. I like much components breakdown of the project. And […] users stories and Agile approach were quite new for me, but Jeremy explained them very well.” – Yury

★★★★★ “I've been working my way through The BA Guide (Jeremy Aschenbrenner) series, and this is #5 for me. These courses are so dependably excellent. Jeremy is deeply knowledgeable & experienced as a BA, and his presentation skills are superb. He also provides templates that alone are worth the price of the course. I can't recommend this series enough.” – Liz

★★★★★ “Jeremy did a great job in explaining the process for Plan the Project course. He enumerated the expectations for each of the sections and provided tips on how to achieve it.” - Gerry


Still not convinced?

And if you’re still not sure – here’s my promise to you:

This course comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee! That means, if you aren’t completely satisfied with your purchase, I’ll give you a full refund – no questions asked!

Whether you are an aspiring or a seasoned Business Analyst, this course is a must.


This course is the third course of the Business Analysis Process Series:

  1. Identify the Problem

  2. Conduct a Strategy Analysis

  3. => Plan the Project <=

  4. Understand and Elicit Requirements

  5. Organize, Prioritize, and Manage Requirements

  6. Analyze, Design, and Model Requirements

  7. Transition to the Solution

  8. Complete a Solution Evaluation

Whilst taking the previous course isn’t a requirement, I do recommend it as it will help your understanding of the material covered as we will be building on skills and techniques taught in the previous course lectures.

By the end of this course, you’ll have learned how to effectively plan a project and become an incredibly valuable Business Analyst who doesn't require a Project Manager to be successful.

So, if you’re ready to save your organization time and money and ensure the project you’re in charge of doesn’t become one of the 40% that fails due to poor planning, enroll today.

Who this course is for:
  • Aspiring or current Business Analysts
  • Aspiring or current Project Managers
  • Business professionals who are involved in projects and want to understand how to better assist within them
  • Business professionals who are tasked with planning or running company projects
Course content
Expand all 98 lectures 05:21:24
+ Before We Get Started
6 lectures 05:23
Additional Notes for the Student Workbook
00:09
Udemy Review System
00:52

In this lecture, we provide you a ZIP file that contains all of the downloadable resources for the course. While those downloads are still available on appropriate lectures throughout the course, we're providing this ZIP file for convenience and to avoid some of the nuances and issues with downloading the files individually. It is our recommendation that you download this file now and then pull up the files as they are referenced within the course. Happy learning!

Course Resources - for your convenience
00:19
+ Important Housekeeping Items
2 lectures 01:51
Centron Introduction (for those who didn't take Conduct a Strategy Analysis)
01:43
IMPORTANT LINKS - Please review and bookmark
00:08
+ Project Plan Initiation
16 lectures 42:13
Project Plan Initiation Overview
01:50
Stakeholder Identification Basics
02:55
Why Identify Stakeholders?
03:35
How to Identify Stakeholders
04:18
Stakeholder Register & Template
02:54
Activity: Centron Stakeholder Identification
00:41
Stakeholders Will Change
00:59
Create a Project Charter
03:33
Project Charter Template Explained
07:26
Activity: Centron Project Charter
00:46
Activity: Centron Stakeholder Change
00:23
Arranging a Kickoff Meeting
05:25
Conducting a Kickoff Meeting
04:23
Kickoff Meeting Template
01:18
Centron Kickoff Meeting
00:13
Optional Tool: Team Contract
01:33
Project Plan Initiation: Validate Your Understanding
5 questions
+ Requirements Management Plan
18 lectures 57:31
Requirements Management Plan Overview
01:43
Requirement Abstraction
05:44
Centron: Requirement Abstraction
01:35
Requirements Storage and Access
07:51
Centron: Requirement Storage and Access
02:49
Requirement Attributes
05:42
Centron: Requirement Attributes
02:21
Requirements Reuse
07:46
Centron: Requirement Reuse
00:40
Requirement Traceability
05:21
Centron: Requirement Traceability
00:44
Requirements Change Control Process
05:21
Requirements Change Control Template
02:33
Centron: Change Control Process
01:18
Activity: Centron Change Control Process Flowchart
00:31
Requirements Approval Process
03:43
Centron: Requirements Approval
00:51
Requirements Management Plan Conclusion
00:58
Validate Your Understanding: Requirements Management Plan
7 questions
+ Define the Project Details: Break Down the Project
8 lectures 33:51
Define the Project Plan Details Introduction
02:34
Break Down the Project (what)
06:02
Break Down the Project (how)
05:20
ADAPTIVE: User Stories Explained
05:19
ADAPTIVE: Breaking Down the Project with Story Mapping
04:08
ADAPTIVE: Setting Up a Product Backlog
04:29
PREDICTIVE: Breaking Down the Project with a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
02:04
UW Results Frequency Project Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
03:55
Validate Your Understanding: Breaking Down the Project
4 questions
+ Define the Project Details: Setting the Project Schedule
19 lectures 01:22:32
Introduction to Setting the Schedule & Creating a Milestone List
05:53
Estimating Activity Duration
06:10
ADAPTIVE: Estimation Technique - Fibonacci
05:05
ADAPTIVE: Estimation Techniques - T-shirt & BUS
05:00
ADAPTIVE: Adding Estimates to User Stories
01:12
PREDICTIVE: Estimation Technique - PERT
05:17
PERT Estimation Worksheet
01:59
PREDICTIVE: Estimation Technique - ROM / SWAG
02:05
UW Results Frequency Project PERT Worksheet
04:26
Understanding Dependencies
03:11
Why Create a Project Schedule?
03:00
ADAPTIVE: Creating a Project Schedule
05:13
ADAPTIVE: Project Schedule Template Explained
01:23
PREDICTIVE: Creating a Project Schedule
03:57
PREDICTIVE: Project Schedule Template Explained
03:13
UW Results Frequency Project Schedule
07:35
UW Results Frequency Project Schedule - Update (1 of 2)
09:39
UW Results Frequency Project Schedule - Update (2 of 2)
05:19
UW Results Frequency Project Schedule - Reflection
02:55
Validate Your Understanding: Setting the Project Schedule
7 questions
+ Define the Project Details: Final Project Details
8 lectures 21:12
Define a Quality Plan
09:19
Quality Plan Template Explained
00:35
UW Results Frequency Project Quality Plan
00:09
ADAPTIVE: Release Planning
03:30
PREDICTIVE: Release Planning
06:02
PREDICTIVE: Release Planning Template
00:27
UW Results Frequency Project Release Plan
00:09
Update Project Risks
01:00
Validate Your Understanding: Finalizing Project Details
3 questions
+ Stakeholder Analysis and Engagement
10 lectures 33:32
Stakeholder Analysis and Engagement Overview
01:38
Stakeholder Power Interest Analysis
08:41
Stakeholder Power Interest Analysis Template
02:39
Stakeholder RACI Matrix Explained
06:20
Completing a Stakeholder RACI Matrix
03:33
RACI Matrix Template
00:21
Responsibility Assignment Matrix (RAM)
03:03
Define a Collaboration and Communication Plan (Part 1 of 2)
04:18
Define a Collaboration and Communication Plan (Part 2 of 2)
02:48
UW Results Frequency Project Communication Plan
00:11
Validate Your Understanding: Stakeholder Analysis and Engagement
5 questions
+ Set Performance Measures
3 lectures 16:17
Set Project Performance Measures
05:12
Set Business Analyst Performance Measures Explained
03:51
Three Steps to Set Business Analyst Performance Measures
07:14
Validate Your Understanding: Setting Performance Measures
2 questions