Fundamentals of Business Analysis
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Fundamentals of Business Analysis

Get the foundation in business analysis you need to solve your organization's biggest problems.
4.4 (6,344 ratings)
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27,934 students enrolled
Created by Don Hussey
Last updated 3/2018
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This course includes
  • 6 hours on-demand video
  • 6 articles
  • 2 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll 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
Requirements
  • A strong desire to learn business analysis
  • Some business strategy knowledge helpful
  • No technical background required
Description

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.

Syllabus

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?
  • The most common stakeholders: The project team, management, and the front line
  • Handling Stakeholder Conflicts

3. Life Cycles

  • Systems Development Life Cycles
  • Project Life Cycles
  • Product Life Cycles
  • Requirement Life Cycles
  • Seventh Morning's Requirements Development Life Cycle

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

8. Scenario

Who this course is for:
  • Novice to intermediate Business Analysts
  • Professionals looking to transition into a Business Analyst role
Course content
Expand all 68 lectures 06:04:16
+ Overview of Business Analysis
8 lectures 26:48
What is Business Analysis?
03:04
What is Business Analysis?
3 questions
The Value of Business Analysis
03:55
The Value of Business Analysis
2 questions
What Problems does it Address?
03:08
What Problems does it Address?
2 questions
Requirements
04:56
Requirements
3 questions
Who Performs Business Analysis?
03:54
Who Performs Business Analysis?
3 questions
The Business Analyst Role
05:13
Quiz: The Business Analyst Role
3 questions
Section 1 Materials
00:04
Introduce yourself to your instructor and fellow classmates.
Introductions
3 questions
+ Stakeholders
8 lectures 42:23
Overview of Stakeholders
02:15
Stakeholders
3 questions
The Project Manager
4 questions
The Developer
06:36
The Developer
3 questions
The QA/Testing Professional
07:14
The QA/Testing Professional
3 questions
Management
09:30
Management
3 questions
The Front Line
05:52
The Front Line
4 questions
Managing Stakeholder Conflict
05:15
Managing Stakeholder Conflict
3 questions
Section 2 Materials
00:04
In this assignment, you will consider the stakeholders you work with on the job.
Stakeholders
2 questions
+ Lifecycles
8 lectures 32:16
Overview of Life Cycles
01:35
The PLC and SDLC
05:16
The PLC and SDLC
3 questions
Waterfall and Iterative SDLCs
08:17
Waterfall and Iterative SDLCs
4 questions
Agile SDLCs
06:57
Agile SDLCs
4 questions
The Product Life Cycle
02:48
The Product Life Cycle
3 questions
Requirements Life Cycles
03:27
Requirements Life Cycles
2 questions
NorwalkAberdeen's Requirements Definition Model
03:52
NorwalkAberdeen's Requirements Definition Model
2 questions
Section 3 Materials
00:04
In this assignment, you will consider two competing life cycles that Business Analysts commonly work in.
Life Cycles
2 questions
+ Forming Requirements
12 lectures 01:15:25
Overview of Requirements
03:34
Overview of Requirements
3 questions
Attributes of Good Requirements
09:56
Attributes of Good Requirements
3 questions
Business Requirements
07:05
Business Requirements
2 questions
User Requirements
05:37
User Requirements
3 questions
Functional Requirements
04:30
Functional Requirements
3 questions
Nonfunctional Requirements
09:40
Nonfunctional Requirements
2 questions
Requirement Sources
05:42
Requirement Sources
2 questions
Gathering Requirements in One-on-One Interviews
09:14
Gathering Requirements in One-on-One Interviews
3 questions
Gathering Requirements in Group Interviews
04:02
Gathering Requirements in Group Interviews
2 questions
Common Requirements Documents
10:04
Common Requirements Documents
1 question
Agile Requirements
05:57
Agile Requirements
6 questions
Section 4 Materials
00:04
In this assignment, you will come up with interview questions that you can use in future requirement-gathering situations.
Group Interviewing
1 question
+ Transforming Requirements
18 lectures 01:48:39
Overview of Analysis
03:40
"Thinking about Stuff"
02:36
Decomposition Analysis
03:51
Decomposition Analysis
5 questions
Additive/Subtractive Analysis
02:34
Additive/Subtractive Analysis
2 questions
Gap Analysis
06:20
Gap Analysis
3 questions
Decision Analysis
13:40
Decision Analysis
4 questions
Root Cause Analysis
06:51
Root Cause Analysis
4 questions
Stakeholder Needs Analysis
04:24
Stakeholder Needs Analysis
2 questions
Overview of Modeling
01:36
Flowcharts
07:18
Flowcharts
5 questions
Swim Lane Flowcharts
06:14
Swim Lane Flowcharts
3 questions
Entity-Relationship Modeling
07:23
Entity-Relationship Modeling
3 questions
State-Transition Modeling
2 questions
Data Flow Modeling
07:48
Data Flow Modeling
2 questions
Use Case Modeling
09:23
Use Case Modeling
3 questions
Business Process Modeling
13:13
Business Process Modeling
2 questions
Notations: UML and BPMN
03:33
Section 5 Materials
00:04
In this exercise, you will create a graphic model of a user-system interaction.
Modeling a User-System Interaction
1 question
+ Finalizing Requirements
5 lectures 23:51
Finalizing Requirements
01:47
Socialization
07:19
Socialization
2 questions
Presentation
08:58
Presentation
3 questions
Change Control
05:43
Change Control
3 questions
Section 6 Materials
00:04
In this hypothetical scenario, you will review a typical requirements finalization problem and propose a strategy for addressing it.
Gaining a Senior Manager’s Support
1 question
+ Scenario
9 lectures 54:52
Scenario Overview
01:39
High-Level Interview (with Solomon)
07:31
Detailed Interview (with Martha)
10:51
Initial Documentation
06:38
Transforming the Requirements
01:54
Stakeholder Needs Analysis
04:22
Decomposition Analysis
03:47
Swim Lane Flowchart
03:17
Finalizing the Requirements (via a Walk-Through)
14:53
In this exercise, you will think strategically about the analysis and modeling methods Doug chose to perform in the scenario, and think through alternative approaches.
Analysis & Modeling Method Selection
1 question