Practical Business Analysis-Part1 2019: Real stuff, no faff!
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Practical Business Analysis-Part1 2019: Real stuff, no faff!

Ultimate course for the analysts, by the analysts! Learn the what, who, why, when & where of practical business analysis
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Last updated 12/2018
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This course includes
  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 6 downloadable resources
  • 1 Practice Test
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Know what business analysis is
  • Look at the origin and evolution of business analysis

  • Learn the benefits and value offered by business analysts

  • Differentiate business analysis from project management
  • Define business analyst’s roles and responsibilities
  • Understand the guiding principles of business analysis
  • Learn the facets and coverage areas of business analysis
  • Understand the guiding principles, fundamental concepts in business analysis
Requirements
  • Basic understanding of the business context and Information Technology industry
  • Awareness about the main roles and titles in the IT industry
  • Awareness of the business analyst role in the context of business and IT
Description

The Practical Business Analysis - Part 1 2019! Real stuff, no faff! course is created for the analysts, by the analysts. I created this to cater to experienced and seasoned professionals, as much as to entry-level and mid-level analysts and managers. More importantly I did not lose sight of the young graduates fresh out of colleges and universities mulling over the idea of business analysis as a career option. This course aims to fill the much felt gap in the market for an insightful course that is developed for the analysts, by the analysts! 

The Practical Business Analysis -Part 1 course has six modules and each module has 4-7 lectures. So, its a comprehensive course with a great lineup of 18 lectures. These are put together to offer you the best insights, packaged from my practical experience of working in the industry as a business analyst for over 18 years!

From the Practical Business Analysis - Part1 course, you are sure to get High quality content created and well-presented by well-qualified, experienced and competent professionals. The course is created with top-notch production and technical values and is filled with visually appealing animations and infographics for better engagement. You will get practical and actionable insights and top tips straight from the experience of practising analysts. Though this is largely based on the insights gathered from my experience working as a business analyst, I also covered some important points from the global thought-leaders. These include the IIBA (International Institute of Business Analysis) and BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT, previously known as British Computer Society).

By the end of the course, you will be able to answer the following questions confidently and convincingly:

  1. What is business analysis?

  2. What are the various flavours and aspects of business analysis?

  3. Why is a business analyst required in software projects?

  4. Who is a business analyst?

  5. What does a business analyst do?

  6. When in the product life cycle does a BA get involved?  

  7. Where do we need a business analyst?

  8. What areas in the organisation do the BAs operate in? 

  9. What are the guiding principles and facets for business analysts?   

  10. What are the facets and coverage areas for the business analysts?

  11. What are the references, resources and sources of knowledge and tools for BAs?  




Who this course is for:
  • Experienced business analysts, product managers and IT professionals looking for a refresher
  • Early stage business analysts, product managers and business consultants in need of a strong foundation
  • Experienced professionals in IT development, sales, testing etc who are considering to switch their careers
  • Young aspirants and graduates who are exploring business analysis as a career
  • Post graduate students, graduates in engineering, management, sciences, technology, business and economics
  • Professors, lectures, teachers in universities, colleges and academic institutions
  • General enthusiasts who wish to know about the art and science of business analysis
Course content
Expand all 23 lectures 03:43:11
+ Welcome and Course Overview
2 lectures 17:08

This lecture Welcome and About the Course provides an overview about the Practical Business Analysis- Part 1 course. Watch this lecture to understand the course objectives, who the course is meant for, how would you get benefitted from the course.

This lecture gives you a bird's eye view of the course, touching upon the high quality content, course coverage, target audience and the superior value offered by the Practical Business Analysis -Part 1 course. There is an analyst in each one of us, hope this lecture will help bring them out.

Scope and Coverage:

  1. Welcome to the course

  2. A bit about the trainer

  3. How does this course help you

  4. Questions you can answer by the end of the course

  5. Value and benefits you will get from the course

  6. What the course is not!

  7. Who should take this course



Preview 10:47

This lecture Agenda and Course Coverage provides an overall agenda for the course split in modules (also referred to as sections). We will then look at each of these modules/sections in terms of the individual lectures contained in them. Go through this lecture to get a walk-through of the complete course coverage in brief. 

Scope and Coverage:

Modules (aka sections) within the Practical Business Analysis - Part 1 course:

  1. Welcome and Course Overview

  2. What is Business Analysis

  3. Rationale for Business Analysis

  4. Identity and Role of Business Analyst

  5. Business Analyst’s Contribution 

  6. Mantras for the Business Analysts 

  7. Course-end Assessment

Preview 06:21
+ What is Business Analysis
5 lectures 58:37

This lecture Introduction and Agenda touches upon the agenda for the current module structured into lectures. This is a very brief lecture that throws light on the structure of the module and what's coming ahead in the module. I suggest you go through this lecture once to understand the lectures in the current module. 

Agenda for Module 2: What is Business Analysis

  1. Introduction and agenda

  2. IIBA’s definition of business analysis (intro and summary done)

  3. BCS’ definition of business analysis  (intro and summary done)

  4. Practical business analysis  (intro and summary done)

  5. What does a business analyst do  (intro and summary done)

  6. Module-end assessment  

Introduction and Agenda
01:42

In this lecture, we will have a look at the definition of Business Analysis, as given by IIBA (International Institute of Business Analysis). IIBA, a non-profit, professional association based in North America is one of the reputed global thought leaders and knowledge-sharing authorities on business analysis.

We will look at the definition mentioned in the IIBA's BABOK (Business Analysis Body of Knowledge). It is a comprehensive repository of knowledge, tools, techniques created and shared by IIBA to its members as a standard reference material.   

We will also cover the following aspects, as specified in the IIBA BABOK:

  • key concepts 

  • Tasks

  • Underlying competencies

  • Techniques

  • Perspectives 

  • Knowledge areas

IIBA’s Definition of Business Analysis
06:53

In this lecture, we will touch upon the definition of business analysis, as given by BCS. Previously called British Computer Society, BCS is the Chartered Institute for Information Technology, based in London, United Kingdom.

We will look at the life cycle for business change and the stages in the life cycle, as propounded by BCS. We will also learn about the BAPM (Business Analysis Process Model), proposed by the BCS and cover the six stages of the BAPM .

Scope of the BCS' BAPM:

  • Investigate situation

  • Consider Perspectives

  • Analyse needs

  • Evaluate options (and)

  • Define requirements

  • Deliver change/solution


BCS’ Definition of Business Analysis
09:34

In this lecture, we will look at what business analysis is, from a practical stand point. Business analysis is both an art and a science and a multi-dimensional professional discipline that takes several names and forms. We will have a look at each of these in greater detail. I put together this lecture for the benefit of the analysts and enthusiasts to understand the real-life definition and description of business analysis and its varied forms.

We will look at the following flavors and variants:

  1. Business analysis

  2. Systems analysis

  3. Process analysis

  4. User experience analysis

  5. Change or agile analysis

  6. Data analysis

Practical Business Analysis
18:07

This lecture  What does a business analyst do dwells on what activities and tasks business analysts do.  Go through this lecture to understand the key activities, tasks and outcomes from a typical business analysis professional. I tried to cover the most common set of activities performed by a business analyst, irrespective of the nature of the industry, organization or specific initiative/ project.  

We will look at the following activities /phases in greater detail in this lecture:

  1. Analysis

  2. Specification

  3. Segmentation

  4. Visualisation

  5. Validation

  6. Facilitation

Preview 22:21

Quiz to assess the knowledge learnt in the Module 2 - What is Business Analysis

Module-end Assessment
10 questions
+ Rationale for Business Analysis
4 lectures 26:18

This lecture Introduction and Agenda touches upon the agenda for the current module structured into lectures. This is a small lecture and wouldn't take much of your time. It gives a breakup of the module 3: Rationale for Business Analysis into the lectures. Please go through this lecture once to understand how the current module is structured. 

Agenda for Module 3: Rationale for Business Analysis

  1. Introduction and Agenda 

  2. Origin and evolution of business analysis

  3. Business analysis as a career

  4. Why do we need business analysts

  5. Module-end assessment

Intro and Agenda
01:23

This lecture Origin and Evolution of Business Analysis dwells on how business analysis has evolved over the last few decades as a profession and career choice .  Go through this lecture to trace the beginning and the transformation of the key activities, tasks and outcomes from a typical business analysis professional. I created this lecture based on my experience and understanding of the discipline and practice, having worked in the industry for about a couple of decades.  

In the lecture, we will go through the following:

  1. Trace the origins of BA as a practice

  2. Evolution into a career of choice for millions

  3. Key differences in terms of the roles

  4. Systems analyst vs. business analyst

Origin and Evolution of Business Analysis
04:38

In this lecture  Business Analysis as a Career we will touch upon the roles, prospects and professional aspects of business analysis as a career option. Again like others, I put together this lecture more from my understanding and experience to help the junior and the uninitiated with an induction into the BA career. You will learn about the pay and perks associated with business analysis and how you can progress from being a Junior business analyst all the way through to Head of Business Analysis. We will also discuss the potential options for lateral career options  such as product management, business development and then to CxOs.

We will cover the following in this lecture:

  1. Business analysis as a career option

  2. Pay and remuneration

  3. Different types of employment

  4. Perks associated with BA

  5. Stages in the advancement of career

  6. Lateral progression options


Business Analysis as a Career
07:23

In this lecture Why do We Need Business Analysts, we will have a look at the potential ways in which BA professionals offer their services in the context of projects, process improvement initiatives and business change programmes. Go through this lecture to learn about the situations, conditions and scenarios in which the business analysts contribute value  by applying their competencies, experience and business acumen. I have created a framework for ease of understanding.

In this lecture, we will walk-through my framework of BA...

  1. Connect

  2. Engage

  3. Explore

  4. Share

  5. Influence

  6. Lead

 


Why do we need Business Analyst
12:54

Quiz to assess the knowledge learnt in the Module 3 - Rationale for Business Analysis

Module-end Assessment
10 questions
+ Identity and Role of Business Analyst
4 lectures 22:47

This lecture Introduction and Agenda throws light on the agenda for the current module structured into lectures. This is a small lecture and wouldn't take much of your time. It gives a breakup of the module 4:Identity and Role of Business Analyst into the lectures.. I would advise you to go through this lecture once to learn the module structure. 

Agenda for Module 4: Identity and Role of Business Analyst

  1. Introduction and agenda 

  2. IIBA’s and BCS’ definition of business analyst

  3. The many titles, roles & responsibilities of business analyst

  4. Transformation of the new-age, agile business analyst

  5. Module-end assessment

Intro and Agenda
01:39

In the lecture IIBA's and BCS' Definition of Business Analyst, let us look at the definition of Business Analyst, as given by IIBA (International Institute of Business Analysis) and BCS. 

We will look at the definition mentioned in the IIBA's BABOK (Business Analysis Body of Knowledge) as well as that offered by BCS.

IIBA’s and BCS’ Definition of Business Analyst
03:38

In the lecture The Many Titles, Roles and Responsibilities of Business Analyst, we will look at the numerous names and designations by which BAs are usually referred to.  Go through this lecture to understand how diverse the business analysis profession is and how many potential roles exist within projects, processes and business contexts.

Depending on the industry, market segment and the organisation, the title, roles and responsibilities and more importantly, the expectations from Business Analysis professional vary to a large extent.



The Many Titles, Roles & Responsibilities of Business Analyst
07:46

This lecture, Transformation of the New-Age, Agile Business Analyst, provides the light on how a BA professional dons multiple avatars and forms during their association with the project, initiative or program.

In this lecture, we will look at the many avatars of the new-age, agile BA:

  1. Sensible leader, not just an also-ran

  2. Architect and a builder, not just another player

  3. A soldier, well-equipped and prepared

  4. Team player, not just a one-person show


Transformation of the New-Age, Agile Business Analyst
09:44

Quiz to assess the knowledge learnt in the Module 4 - Identity and role of business analyst 

Module-end Assessment
10 questions
+ Business Analyst's Contribution
4 lectures 45:02

This lecture Introduction and Agenda gives a view of the agenda for the current module structured into lectures. This is a brief lecture put together to show what's coming up. It gives a breakup of the module 5:Business Analyst’s Contribution into the lectures. Please go through this lecture once to know how the current module is  structured into lectures. 

Agenda for Module 5: Business Analyst’s Contribution 

  1. Introduction and Agenda 

  2. Where do business analysts fit in

  3. When is a business analyst required

  4. Value-add offered by a business analyst

  5. Module-end assessment 

Intro and Agenda
01:36

This lecture Where do Business Analysts Fit In touches upon the various contexts, environments and spheres of work that need the services of a business analysis professional.  Go through this lecture to relate to how BA provides support to the team, staff and key stakeholders internally as well as external to the organisation. I created this lecture based on my experience working across several projects and initiatives in the last two decades.

We will look at the following:

  1. IT development projects

  2. New product development projects

  3. Process-improvement or re-engineering initiatives

  4. Business change programs

Preview 10:23

This lecture When is BA Required touches upon the involvement of BA across the various phases, activities and stages in the life cycle of a typical project or initiative. Go through this lecture to understand the specific activities and tasks performed by a BA and their deliverables at each stage of the life cycle.

In this lecture, we will look at the following, in depth:

  1. Pre-project and pre-sales

  2. Initiation

  3. Requirements development

  4. Validation and verification

  5. Information and architecture

  6. Facilitation duringproject execution  

  7. System testing/functional testing

  8. UAT(User Acceptance testing) and user testing

  9. Project closure

  10. Post-project implementation 


When is Business Analyst Required?
16:39

In this lecture Value-add offered by a Business Analyst,  we will go through the contribution of the business analysis professionals in numerous organisations irrespective of size, nature and industry. Here you can learn the practical value offered by BAs in terms of their support in the journey from problem domain to solution domain . We will look at how business analyst’s thinking, perspectives, activities and deliverables help in making the project, process or initiative.

We will look at the following:

  1. How various roles in a project typically look at a problem (humorous take)

  2. Critical role played by BAs in day-to-day work

  3. Business Analysts' areas of influence

  4. 5-View model (What, Why and How)

  5. Transition from Problem domain to Solution domain 


Value-add offered by a Business Analyst
16:24

Quiz to assess the knowledge learnt in the Module 5 - Business Analyst’s Contribution 

Module-end Assessment
10 questions
+ Mantras for the Business Analysts
4 lectures 53:19

This lecture Introduction and Agenda touches upon the agenda for the current module structured into lectures. This is a small lecture and wouldn't take much of your time. It gives a breakup of the module 6: Mantras for Business Analysts into the lectures. Please go through this lecture once to understand how the current module is structured. 

Agenda for Module 6: Mantras for Business Analysts

  1. Introduction and agenda 

  2. Guiding principles for business analysis professionals  

  3. Facets & coverage areas in business analysis

  4. Universal references, resources and sources for BA

  5. Module-end assessment


Introduction and Agenda
01:36

In this lecture, Guiding Principles for Business Analysts, we will learn at a few tips and tricks for the business analysis professionals. The concept is taken from a BCS book on business analysis, but i expanded on the concept by providing the explanations, elaborations and examples from my own experience working across multiple projects in different domains and industries.

In this lecture, we will look at the following:

  1. Technology vs. Business improvement

  2. Solutions vs Options

  3. Business perfection vs. Business agility

  4. All requests vs. Feasible, contributing requirements

  5. Requirements definition vs Entire business change life cycle

  6. Avoidance vs. Negotiation

  7. Symptoms vs Root causes


Guiding principles in Business Analysis Professionals
10:11

This lecture, Facets and Coverage Areas in Business Analysis, will address some of the important but often ignored aspects in the context of BA activities. I put together this lecture based on the insights I gathered from my own experience as a business analyst, product manager, project manager and user experience specialist in numerous projects and initiatives in the last two decades. All of these are relevant and applicable to any type of project, process, program or initiative in any organisation irrespective of the nature, size and industry. 

In this lecture, we will look at the following:

  1. Risks

  2. key trends

  3. Ideas

  4. Unknown areas

  5. Challenges

  6. Opinions or preferences

  7. Events

  8. Assumptions

  9. Business rules

  10. Opportunities

  11. Scenarios

  12. Conflicts

  13. Insights

  14. Case studies

  15. Constraints

  16. Relationships

  17. Emotions

  18. Expectations

  19. Issues, problems or defects

  20. Solutions

Preview 30:05

This lecture Universal References, Resources and Sources for Business Analysts covers some of the most useful resources for the business analysis professionals. These are generic and broad-based as much as possible so that you can refer to them and apply in potentially all  scenarios and contexts of your work. Please note that we will not go into specifics, even though I did mention a lot of examples. This is because the references and resources vary to a great extent from industry to industry and differ significantly based on the domains, market segments or verticals.

In this lecture, we will look at the following:    

  1. Standards

  2. Guidelines

  3. Patterns

  4. Principles 

  5. Rules

  6. Heuristics 

Universal References, Resources and Sources for BA
11:27

Quiz to assess the knowledge learnt in the Module 6 - Mantras for business analysts 

Module-end Assessment
10 questions
+ Course-end Assessment
0 lectures 00:00

Welcome to the Course-end Assessment!

Congratulations! you have now completed the lectures in the course. You are now knowledgeable and are capable to take further challenges in your business analysis journey. For a starter, you can try your hand at this quiz.   

You will need 65% to pass the test and after successful completion of the test, you can receive a course-pass certificate and a specially-made customised badge in recognition of your effort and performance in the course and the course-end assessment. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead, bring out the analyst in you and take the challenge from Texavi Analyst-Zone! All the best!

Post-course Assessment
30 questions