Business Analyst: Project Management Techniques and Tools
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Business Analyst: Project Management Techniques and Tools

Learn project management techniques to increase your project success rate as a Business Analyst!
4.4 (178 ratings)
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Last updated 2/2017
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  • 3 Articles
  • 13 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion

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What Will I Learn?
  • Be able to successfully manage projects while also playing the role of a Business Analyst
  • Learn to initiate a project by creating a Business Case, understanding the Business Objective, and creating a Project Charter
  • Ability to manage stakeholders by identifying, categorizing, mapping, and assigning them responsibilities
  • Be able to appropriately plan for a project by creating a Project Schedule, Communication Plan, Quality Plan, and Go Live Plan
  • Understand the role of a Project Manager during project execution and how to keep the project team up to speed on the project progress
  • How to properly elicit feedback and identify lessons learned to dictate changes on future projects
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Requirements
  • This course covers all of the fundamentals. No prior knowledge is required.
  • Knowledge of the role and responsibilities of a Business Analyst is helpful, but not required.
Description

[Course Last Updated: February 2017]

This course will teach you how to successfully manage projects as a Business Analyst!

The fact is, not every project can have a dedicated Project Manager. Sometimes the project is simply too small, or doesn't provide enough value to warrant the overhead costs of another dedicated team member. 

As a Business Analyst, having the necessary skills and techniques to successfully manage your own projects dramatically increases your value to the company, thus putting you in a great position for future promotional opportunities.

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Hear What Our Students Are Saying:

"Great course, very clear. easy concepts."  -Gerardo A.

"Very eloquent in explanation of concepts for beginner level consumption." -Jenna H.

"I find this to be an excellent course. I have already learned some techniques that I plan to implement in my current contract role, in hopes that it may lead to a full time offer in the near future. I am also taking this instructor's Business Analyst Fundamentals course. I find them both to be very good, and there is some overlap of the material. I enjoy Jeremy's personality, and I can tell that he really enjoys helping others learn and giving them the tools to help them progress in their careers."  -Samantha B.

"Excellent....just what I need!" -Syed

"Really enjoying course. I'm doing this after the BA Fundamentals course and it is piecing a lot of the Project stuff together for me. Very helpful." -Bede J.

"I am getting to learn more than I expected,interesting!! I got what I was exactly looking for,especially the gaps that I had to fill in. Since I am a person from different country & have migrated to a different country & though certain principles as a PM/BA don't change but some do, & the same made me to take this course to fill in those gaps. I am confident that this is really creating hope & confidence in everyone like me who is aspiring to be a PM/BA.Thanks Jeremy" -John S.

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Why should I enroll?

Project Management is an extremely deep and wide ranging topic. Many colleges today have four year degrees strictly focusing on managing projects. This course is designed to take the important aspects of all those classes and align them into one bite sized course. You will learn how to successfully play both the Business Analyst and Project Manager roles

I cut out all of the fluff and unnecessary steps to focus your learning on what is important.

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What bonuses are included?

  • You receive a Stakeholder Map template! This template will allow you to be effective and efficient in creating Stakeholder Maps.
  •  Also included is a RACI Matrix template! This template will enable to you accurately assign and document stakeholder responsibilities for your projects.         

Outside of the templates, you also gain access to to an industry expert! I am not just the instructor of this course, I am also a resource and a mentor to give you guidance and tips to begin or advance your career.

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You have nothing to lose! This course comes with a 30 day money back guarantee. If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, you'll be given a refund. No questions asked! 

Invest in your future. Enroll today!                    

Who is the target audience?
  • This course was designed with the current or aspiring Business Analysts and Project Managers in mind
  • Those that want to increase the value they provide as a Business Analyst
  • Business Analysts that want to understand what Project Management steps and techniques are necessary to successfully manage a project
Compare to Other Business Analysis Courses
Curriculum For This Course
51 Lectures
05:17:21
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Welcome to the Course!
6 Lectures 25:01

The lecture gives the thousand foot view of the course as a whole. Having a clear understanding of what the course will teach you, allows you to work at your own pace knowing what information is yet to come.

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

Preview 03:21

Lecture Slides [added Dec 2016]
00:07

This lecture will help you to understand all about me. I give you insight into my background, how I got into the Business Analysis field, and why I am here teaching online courses.

Preview 06:17

Project management is not just for Project Managers.  Understand what project management is all about and why it is important.

Preview 12:42

Here we will break down the Project Management Institute's (PMI's) approach to Project Management.

Preview 02:22

This lecture contains all of the downloads for the course in one easy to reach place.  The "lecture" is simple a video letting you know the downloads are available here.

Course Downloads
00:12
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STAGE 1: Project Conception and Initiation
7 Lectures 50:14

This lecture will introduce you to the first stage of the Project Management process.  We will discuss what you can expect in the lectures within this section.

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

Preview 01:03

One of the first steps of any project is to create the Project Charter.  Here you will get a clear understanding of what a Project Charter is, why it is utilized, and how to create one.

Create a Project Charter
14:38

DO NOT SKIP!  Activities are extremely important to cement what you have learned.  Besides, you will need the outcome of this activity at the end of the course.

Activity 1: Create a Project Charter Template
01:47

This activity will get you thinking about a potential project you have to tackle and documenting those details within your Project Charter Template.

Activity 2: Create a Project Charter
01:48

One of the most crucial steps in any project is understanding the business objective. If you miss the mark here, all of your efforts will be a waste of company time and money.

Understanding the Business Objective
06:39

Business Cases are generally created by the business or Business Analysts, but there are times when the Project Manager is also engaged. This lecture will detail out the basics of a Business Case and why they are used.

Creating a Business Case (PART 1 OF 2)
05:07

This lecture takes the basics we learned about Business Cases in the previous lecture and expands on that knowledge to show you how to actually create a Business Case.

Creating a Business Case (PART 2 OF 2)
19:12
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Identify and Manage Stakeholders
10 Lectures 01:22:32

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.**

Preview 01:47

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

Preview 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

This lecture provides a detailed look at the Stakeholder Map template provided as part of this course. Upon completion, you will have the knowledge to accurately create a Stakeholder Map.

Included with this lecture is also a downloadable .ZIP file. This file contains both a Visio and PDF version of the Stakeholder Map template. Please download and utilize in your projects!

Stakeholder Map Template Walkthrough
06:08

This lecture solidifies the knowledge learned in the previous lectures via a practical exercise. You will be walked through identifying, categorizing, and mapping stakeholders as part of a real world example. Upon completion, you will be more familiar with the process to identify and map stakeholders, as well as seeing first hand how to work within the Stakeholder Map template.

Stakeholder Map Practical Exercise
15:31

Stakeholder Map Student Activity
01:36

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

This quiz will validate your understanding of the Identify and Map Stakeholders section

Stakeholder Identification and Mapping
6 questions
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STAGE 2: Project Definition and Planning
12 Lectures 01:26:02

This lecture will introduce you to the second stage of the Project Management process.  We will discuss what you can expect in the lectures within this section.

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

Preview 02:50

This lecture will explain the basics behind creating a project schedule.

Project Schedule Basics
03:21

Now that you understand the basics of a Project Schedule, let's walk through a real world example and create one.

Project Schedule Creation (PART 1 OF 2)
16:51

Now that you understand the basics of a Project Schedule, let's walk through a real world example and create one.

Project Schedule Creation (PART 2 OF 2)
14:58

DO NOT SKIP!  Activities are extremely important to cement what you have learned.  Besides, you will need the outcome of this activity at the end of the course.

Activity: Create a Project Schedule Template
02:02

Communication Plans are essential tools to ensure your project sponsor and project team know what to expect during the project's execution.

Developing a Communication Plan
08:55

DO NOT SKIP!  Activities are extremely important to cement what you have learned.  Besides, you will need the outcome of this activity at the end of the course.

Activity: Create a Communication Plan Template
01:51

An important task for Project Managers is the ability to identify and eliminate assumptions and risks.  In this lecture I will give you some best practices on how you can be successful in this area.

Identifying Assumptions and Risks
16:34

Project Managers need to plan all aspects of the project early on, including a Quality Plan.  Here you will understand the value of a Quality Plan and how it can be utilized to make your end result up to par with expectations around the quality.

Determining a Quality Plan
06:04

DO NOT SKIP!  Activities are extremely important to cement what you have learned.  Besides, you will need the outcome of this activity at the end of the course.

Activity: Create a Quality Plan Template
01:42

This lecture will work through the steps you should take to plan for the project going live.

Documenting a Go Live Plan
09:14

DO NOT SKIP!  Activities are extremely important to cement what you have learned.  Besides, you will need the outcome of this activity at the end of the course.

Activity: Create a Go Live Plan Template
01:40
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STAGE 3: Project Execution and Control
9 Lectures 38:28

This lecture will introduce you to the third stage of the Project Management process.  We will discuss what you can expect in the lectures within this section.

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

Preview 03:13

Officially kicking off a project can feel a bit daunting.  This lecture will teach you the 7 steps to a successfully kick off a project. 

Executing a Project Kickoff
11:45

DO NOT SKIP!  Activities are extremely important to cement what you have learned.  Besides, you will need the outcome of this activity at the end of the course.

Activity: Create a Project Kickoff Template
02:15

This lecture stands as a reminder that your role as a Project Manager includes continually monitoring for and mitigating risks.

Monitoring and Mitigating Risks
01:18

Project Managers are in charge of communicating the project status to all involved.  This lecture will break down a must have reoccurring meeting, the status meeting.

Conducting Status Meetings
08:35

DO NOT SKIP!  Activities are extremely important to cement what you have learned.  Besides, you will need the outcome of this activity at the end of the course.

Activity: Create Status Meeting Agenda
01:19

Change on a project is inevitable.  Learn how to successfully handle and manage that change.

Developing a Change Management Process
03:33

DO NOT SKIP!  Activities are extremely important to cement what you have learned.  Besides, you will need the outcome of this activity at the end of the course.

Activity: Create a Change Request Template
02:41

No matter how well you perform as a Project Manager, challenges and issues will arise.  This lecture will discuss some best practices around making adjustments to your project plans.

Making Adjustments Mid-Project
03:49
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STAGE 4: Project Close
6 Lectures 33:21

This lecture will introduce you to the Fourth and final stage of the Project Management process.  We will discuss what you can expect in the lectures within this section.

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

Preview 02:36

Well the project is done, you should just release the resources back to their normal duties...right?  NO!  There a some important tasks you should accomplish before officially closing out the project and one of them is the Project Completion Verification.

Completing a Project
05:57

DO NOT SKIP!  Activities are extremely important to cement what you have learned.  Besides, you will need the outcome of this activity at the end of the course.

Activity: Create a Project Completion Verification Template
01:53

Doing things exactly the same and expecting a different result is one of the truest quotes I know.  This lecture will talk about eliciting feedback from the project team and conducting a project review.

Conducting a Project Review
12:38

The project is finally complete, but there is one final step.  For most projects, the final deliverable is something that needs to be transitioned to a new owner, so they can manage future questions, issues, and necessary enhancements.

Executing the Project Transition
05:51

Welcome to the final exam!  This activity will help put all of the other lectures together and begin to help you take shape of the full process and everything you have learned!

In the lecture I tell you to think of a project, at home or work.  If this sounds familiar to you, we also did this very early in the course in an activity around creating a Project Charter.  Feel free to utilize that project idea and already created Project Charter to give you a kick start on this final activity. 

Final Activity: Flex Your New Muscles!
04:26
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Bonus Section - Final Wrap Up of the Course
1 Lecture 01:58
Bonus Lecture - ...What's Next?
01:58
About the Instructor
Jeremy Aschenbrenner
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Hi there! My name is Jeremy Aschenbrenner and I am so glad you have found me!

I am a veteran Business Analyst with more than 1000 completed projects. I've done business analysis work for companies in many industries including health care, telecommunications, automotive, agriculture, consumer goods, financial services, food and beverage, and more.

I created The BA Guide to break down the barriers to becoming a Business Analyst. I teach you the base knowledge of what a Business Analyst does, the techniques they utilize, and how you can start your Business Analyst career.  

But I don't just stop there. Once you have successfully started your Business Analyst career, I ensure you stay at the top of your game by providing training on techniques, tools, and best practices.  

Outside of online teaching, I am a Board Member of the IIBA (International Institute for Business Analysis), where I play the role of VP of Education and Certification.

When I am not behind a computer I love to spend time with family and friends, enjoying some warm weather, and if I'm lucky, with a cold drink in my hand and sand between my toes.  

I am here to serve you so please don't hesitate to message me on Udemy or on social media. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!