Business Analysis Modeling Skills & Techniques
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Business Analysis Modeling Skills & Techniques

Learn to create Process Flowcharts, User Stories, Use Cases, SWOT, RACI Matrices, Org Charts, User Stories, and more!
4.5 (4,002 ratings)
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Last updated 7/2020
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  • 6.5 hours on-demand video
  • 15 articles
  • 32 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Create EIGHT different visual models including Process Flowcharts, Use Cases, SWOT Analysis, RACI Matrix, Org Charts, Scoring Matrix, Stakeholder Maps, and more!
  • Understand how visual modeling can help in daily requirement activities.
  • Ability to read and create important business and technical visual models.
  • Utilize visual modeling to make requirements come alive.
  • Ability to choose the best visual model to aid in various situations.
  • Increase your project success by giving your stakeholders a clearer understanding of your vision.
  • Confidently explain and demonstrate the uses of visual models in an interview.
Requirements
  • This course covers each visual modeling technique from the ground floor. No prior experience is necessary.
  • The course is spoken from a Business Analyst perspective, but the visual models are instrumental from many different job titles.
  • The various visual models will be made with a combination of Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Visio. Having access to these programs is suggested, but not required.
Description

LEARN WHAT EMPLOYERS CONSIDER “ONE OF THOSE MOST IN-DEMAND SKILLS” THEY LOOK FOR IN A BUSINESS ANALYST TODAY.

Discover exactly how to become one of these invaluable employees by learning how to “model” – the art of making complex thoughts, ideas, requirements, and processes easier to grasp by putting them into graphical formats that anyone can understand.

This course will teach you the basics of eight of the most popular modeling techniques in the industry.

  • Process Flowcharts

  • SWOT Analysis

  • Use Cases

  • User Stories

  • Stakeholder Maps

  • RACI Matrices

  • Scoring Matrices

  • Organizational Charts

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 6 hours of Professional Development


Just ask the students who’ve already taken this course:

★★★★★ "The course is very enlightening and the tutor is amazing. He breaks down everything you need to know to the minutest detail which makes it really easy to understand. This is my third course by Jeremy and I have no regrets.” - Adebukonla

★★★★★ “The course is great. I would say this is the best course in online which can fully explain a lot of techniques in-depth. The instructor is a true professional of his work and can easily explain different sophisticated concepts. This course is highly recommended as well as the BA Guide's other courses.” – Aykhan

★★★★★ “Excellent course!! Not only does the course click on all cylinders with insight information, but it also contains all the presentation and templates Jeremy discusses, which he walks you through. I would recommend this course for beginners as well as season veterans needing a refresher.” - Curtis


The BA Guide’s TEACH, SHOW, DO technique

This course makes use of The BA Guide’s TEACH, SHOW, DO technique – a method I’ve developed over my years of experience in the industry training and managing Business Analysts. This technique will help ensure you with total comprehension of the topic at hand and maximum information retention long after the course is finished.

  • TEACH – You first learn the concept, in detail, from the ground up. But I won’t simply teach you the concept in isolation – you’ll learn HOW and WHEN to use it too.

  • SHOW – Once you fully understand the concept, we enhance that by walking you step-by-step through real-world examples – so you can see exactly how the concept would pan out if you were to apply it in the real world.

  • DO – Firmly cement everything you’ve learned so far and put your new knowledge to the test by completing the included activities and quizzes. Validate you’ve fully understood the concept and greatly increase your ability to retain the information you’ve learned.

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn” – Benjamin Franklin


What bonuses are included?

Of course, anyone who has studied one of my courses before will know, it simply wouldn’t be a course by The BA Guide if I didn’t include some value-packed bonus material!

As well as teaching you the fundamentals of these eight modeling techniques, you’ll also gain access to the following modeling templates that you are free to download and use for current and future projects:

  • SWOT Analysis Template

  • Scoring Matrix Template

  • Stakeholder Map Template

  • RACI Matrix Template

  • Org Chart Template

  • Use Case Template

  • User Story Template

In addition to all the tools you’ll need to learn and use these modeling techniques, you’ll also get a foot into the industry 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 convinced?

★★★★★ " So glad I have decided to go with, The BA Guide. This was a total package and what a bang for my buck! I have already purchased his other courses to continue my BA education. Thank you Jeremy for the great curriculum and real-world expertise​.” - Bohdan

★★★★★ “The instructor is clear, easy to understand, shows very good understanding of the subject matter. Real life example was provided with detail explanation. I don't want to sound like a billboard; however, this is not a pp presentation, it is real teaching. Highly recommended Thanks” – Patrick


Why should I enroll?

If you’re an aspiring Business Analyst these skills will give your resume a huge boost as well as provide you with the knowledge to confidently answer any related interview questions.

For current Business Analysts, these skills will help ensure that project team members and stakeholders will have a clearer understanding of your vision thanks to your new-found ability to clearly explain complicated plans and concepts – overall resulting in more successful projects.

Finally, I believe in respecting my students’ time – and I want to teach you what you need to know to successfully utilize these models without bogging you down in unnecessary details or theory. That’s why the visual modeling techniques taught in this course are taught with no fluff added.


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 refund – no questions asked!

By the end of this course, you’ll have a concrete understanding of the fundamentals of the eight most popular modeling techniques, allowing you to easily explain complex concepts in a clear and understandable way to anyone, regardless of their role or lack of knowledge on the subject.

So, if you’re looking for an edge over the competition and want to learn what most employers consider the most in-demand skill they look for a Business Analyst today, enroll now and start learning the essential skills and techniques of modeling.

Who this course is for:
  • Aspiring Business Analysts wanting to increase their ability to land that Business Analyst job.
  • Current Business Analysts looking to increase their value and general more successful projects.
  • Anyone who analyzes, elicits, or documents requirements.
  • Developers who want to better understand and have the ability to create various visual models.
Course content
Expand all 75 lectures 06:27:56
+ Welcome to the Course!
3 lectures 00:52
IMPORTANT LINKS - Please review and bookmark
00:14

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 the 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
+ Introduction to Visual Modeling
4 lectures 09:54

As you've heard before, a picture is worth a thousand words. Visual modeling is the best way to take complex details and put them together in a way that is easy to understand. This lecture will go over some of the basic concepts and the benefits of visual modeling.

**This lecture contains (as a resource) the slide deck for this section. Feel free to download and utilize for your notes.**

Preview 08:37
Udemy Review System
00:52

Inside of this lecture, attached as resources, you will find all of the downloads referenced for this course.  Feel free to download them all now, so you have them when they are discussed later in the course.

Preview 00:12
Instructions: Opening the XML Files
00:13
+ SWOT Analysis
10 lectures 34:23

Welcome to the SWOT Analysis visual model. This lecture will take you through the basics of the technique.

**This lecture contains (as a resource) the slide deck for this section. Feel free to download and utilize for your notes.**

Preview 06:05
SWOT Analysis Practical Walkthrough
09:58
SWOT Analysis Template Explained
02:29
STUDENT ACTIVITY: Now It's Your Turn (SWOT Analysis)
00:25
+ Use Cases
9 lectures 37:13

**This lecture contains (as a resource) the slide deck for this section. Feel free to download and utilize for your notes.**

Introduction to Use Cases
04:02
Written Use Case Overview
03:42
Use Case Elements Breakdown - System
00:29
Use Case Elements Breakdown - Actor
03:20
Use Case Elements Breakdown - Use Case
01:05
Use Case Elements Breakdown - Associations & Dependencies
03:26
Steps to Create a Use Case
03:27
Use Case Practical Exercise
16:37
STUDENT ACTIVITY: Now It's Your Turn (Use Cases)
01:05
+ Organization Chart
7 lectures 40:08

**This lecture contains (as a resource) the slide deck for this section. Feel free to download and utilize for your notes.**

Introduction to the Organization Chart
06:27
Creating a Basic Organization Chart using Visio
06:50
Another Practical Example using Visio
10:31
A Third Practical Example using Visio
06:45
Creating a Basic Organization Chart using Excel
04:30
STUDENT ACTIVITY: Now It's Your Turn (Organizational Chart)
01:25
Understanding Org Chart Tiers
03:40
+ Stakeholder Map & RACI Matrix
12 lectures 01:23:17
READ THIS FIRST: Information about these visual models
00:27

The lecture introduces the concept of identifying and mapping stakeholders.

**This lecture contains (as a resource) the slide deck for this section. Feel free to download and utilize for your notes.**

Introduction to Identify and Manage Stakeholders
01:47

This lecture introduces you to a stakeholder map and its use.

The Stakeholder Map and its Purpose
02:52

This lecture dives deep into stakeholders. Upon completion, you will know and understand:

  • What a stakeholder is
  • Why it is important to identify and map stakeholders
  • How to identify stakeholders
Identify and Categorize Stakeholders
11:14
Stakeholder Map Template Walkthrough
06:08
Don't have Visio? We've got you covered
00:18
Stakeholder Map Practical Exercise
15:31
STUDENT ACTIVITY: Now It's Your Turn (Stakeholder Map)
01:34

After identifying and mapping stakeholders, it is important to assign them responsibilities throughout the project. I go into details about why it is important for everyone to have clear expectations and how a RACI Matrix can help you with that.

RACI Matrix Overview
09:06

Everything you need to know about RACI Matrices is in this lecture. I walk you through TheBAGuide.com RACI Matrix template and break it all down. This template is designed to save you time and energy and is available as part of this course. You can find it in the downloads lecture in the first section of the course.

Creating a RACI Matrix
11:35

Practical examples are what it is all about. Here I take a real-world example and apply the teachings from the last few lectures to help solidify your knowledge. This is part 1 of 2.

RACI Matrix Creation Practical Example (PART 1 OF 2)
19:21

Practical examples are what it is all about. Here I take a real-world example and apply the teachings from the last few lectures to help solidify your knowledge. This is part 2 of 2.

RACI Matrix Creation Practical Example (PART 2 OF 2)
03:22
RACI Matrix Quiz
6 questions
+ Scoring Matrix
8 lectures 40:27

The Scoring Matrix used to be referred to as the Competitive Comparison Matrix when I recorded this course.  These names are interchangeable and mean the same thing.  Wanted to clear up any potential confusion due to the name change.

WATCH THIS FIRST: Provides clarification on the naming of the technique
01:18

This lecture will break down each piece of the Competitive Comparison Matrix. After completing this lecture, you will:

  • Recognize when to utilize this matrix to aid and enhance your projects
  • Know how to read the matrix
  • Be able to identify the three different types of matrices and when to utilize each of them
  • Realize the benefits this matrix can provide
  • Understand how to keep the final models visually appealing and easy to understand

**This lecture contains (as a resource) the slide deck for this section. Feel free to download and utilize for your notes.**

Scoring Matrix Basics
14:28

This lecture provides a detailed walkthrough of the Definitive version of Scoring Matrix template. To further explain and help ensure understanding, a practical real-world example is utilized to create a Definitive Scoring Matrix from scratch. This detailed example and walkthrough will solidify your comprehension and give you the skill to create a Definitive Scoring Matrix on your own.

The Scoring Matrix Template can be found in the Course Downloads lecture near the beginning of this course.

Definitive Template Walkthrough and Practical Exercise
06:23

This lecture provides a detailed walkthrough of the Rating version of Scoring Matrix template. To further explain and help ensure understanding, a practical real-world example is utilized to create a Rated Scoring Matrix from scratch. This detailed example and walkthrough will solidify your comprehension and give you the skill to create a Rated Scoring Matrix on your own.

The Scoring Matrix Template can be found in the Course Downloads lecture near the beginning of this course.

Rating Template Walkthrough and Practical Exercise
03:27

This lecture provides a detailed walkthrough of the Weighted version of Scoring Matrix template. To further explain and help ensure understanding, a practical real-world example is utilized to create a Weighted Scoring Matrix from scratch. This detailed example and walkthrough will solidify your comprehension and give you the skill to create a Weighted Scoring Matrix on your own.

The Scoring Matrix Template can be found in the Course Downloads lecture near the beginning of this course. This lecture utilizes the template found on the other Excel tab..

Weighted Template Walkthrough and Practical Exercise
05:23
Template Wrap-Up
00:32

This lecture provides a step-by-step guide that you can utilize to not only create the matrix, but to also gather the necessary requirements to do so. You are walked through best practices and details that have been learned from completing 55+ Scoring Matrices for projects.

Step-by-Step Process to Create the Perfect Scoring Matrix
08:03
STUDENT ACTIVITY: Now It's Your Turn (Scoring Matrix)
00:53
+ Process Flowcharts
10 lectures 01:30:45

Brief overview of this section and the contents within.

**This lecture contains (as a resource) the slide deck for this section. Feel free to download and utilize for your notes.**

Process Flowchart Section Summary
01:42

This lecture will get you started in learning about Process Flowcharts and why they are used.

Preview 04:32

The first thing we need to do is to explain the various flowchart symbols and what they are used for:

  1. Sequence / data flow
  2. Process
  3. Input/Output
  4. Swimlanes
  5. Decision
  6. Start/End
  7. Reference
Breaking down Flowchart Symbols
15:03
Suggested Verbs for Process Names
00:07

Flowcharts come in various levels of detail. Learn about the four common flowchart layers and the level of detail in each layer.

Understanding Flowchart Layers/Levels
12:07

There always seems to be a lot of questions that I receive around learning BPMN or UML. This lecture gives you an understanding of what BPMN and UML are, their similarities, their differences, and which one I would recommend learning over the other.

BPMN vs UML
07:41

This lecture will give you a simple 7 step process that you can utilize to ensure you cover all necessary steps when creating a Process Flowchart.

7 Steps to Create a Process Flowchart
19:10

Examples give practical context to the details you have learned. Come join us as we walk through creating a Process Flowchart on the steps to create a Process Flowchart.

*Included with this lecture is the downloadable flowcharts we created*

Process Flowchart Practical Example 1
12:00

Examples give practical context to the details you have learned. Come join us as we walk through creating a Swimlane Process Flowchart for a Forgotten Password Process.

*Included with this lecture is the downloadable flowcharts we created*

Process Flowchart Practical Example 2
17:39
STUDENT ACTIVITY: Now It's Your Turn (Process Flowcharts)
00:44
+ User Stories
11 lectures 48:41
User Stories Structure
02:02
User Stories Key Characteristics
04:21
User Stories Additional Examples
01:43
User Stories Acceptance Criteria
04:55
User Stories Epics
03:30
User Stories Documentation
06:06
User Stories Creation Process
02:41
User Stories Practical Example
18:46
STUDENT ACTIVITY: Now It's Your Turn (User Stories)
01:00
+ Bonus Section
1 lecture 02:12
Bonus Lecture: What's Next?
02:12