Business Analyst: Essential Modeling Skills & Techniques
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Learn to create Process Flowcharts, User Stories, Use Cases, SWOT Analysis, RACI Matrix, Scoring Matrices, and more!
4.3 (186 ratings)
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Last updated 6/2017
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Includes:
  • 6.5 hours on-demand video
  • 14 Articles
  • 23 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Create SEVEN 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.
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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

[Course Last Updated: March 2017]

Prospective employers list modeling as one of the most in demand skills they look for in Business Analysts today. This course will provide you the knowledge, skills, and techniques to take advantage of that demand! 

Modeling is the concept of making complex thoughts, ideas, requirements, and processes easier to understand by putting them into a graphical format.Having the ability to articulate complex topics in a way that anyone can understand, regardless of their role or experience, is priceless. 

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Hear What Our Students Are Saying:

"I have a better understanding of Business Analyst responsibilities and duties. The course was easy to understand due to the practical examples and student activities utilized to solidify the concepts presented. I am a "learn by doing" individual. I will be continuing delving into other Business Analyst related courses. I worked with and been subjected to the visual modeling concepts, but never had any formal training. Thank you." -Michelle B.

"Great combination of theory and examples" -Gerald J.

"Another great course! Jeremy introduced visual modeling concepts I was unfamiliar with and expanded on others I had seen but never fully understood. I think this class along with his Business Analysis Fundamentals: Become a Business Analyst class compliment each other very well and provide the basics one would need to pursue a Business Analyst position." -Robert S.

"Really insightful, full of details, examples, and opportunities to apply newly gained knowledge." -Munzolli

"Useful information. Easy to understand. Practical applications. All good!" -Kia M.

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What visual models are included in this course?

This single course will teach you EIGHT of the most popular modeling techniques! 

  1. Process Flowcharts
  2. SWOT Analysis
  3. Use Cases
  4. User Stories
  5. Stakeholder Maps
  6. RACI Matrices
  7. Scoring Matrices
  8. Organizational Charts

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What is the format of the course?

This course is taught with The BA Guide's TEACH, SHOW, DO.

  • TEACH - First, you learn the basics of the the model. You'll learn what it is, when to use it, and receive a full breakdown of each component within.

  • SHOW - Once you understand the details, you are walked through real-world examples to show how this visual model can solve problems or make requirements more easily understood. Here you will solidify your understanding and allow the concepts to sink in.
  • DO - The final, and arguably most important step, is all about you putting your new knowledge to the test with an activity. This will not only give you real-world practice in creating the visual model, it will also greatly increase your ability to retain the information.

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Why should I enroll?

The visual modeling techniques taught in this course are taught with no fluff added. I respect your time and want to teach you what you need to know to successfully utilize the model, without bogging down in the unnecessary details or theory. 

If you are an aspiring Business Analyst these skills will provide a huge boost to your resume and provide you the knowledge to confidently answer any related interview questions.

If you are a current Business Analyst these skills will lead to more successful projects as stakeholders will have a clearer understanding of your vision.

There are a significant number of visual models taught within the course, but even more are more planned for the future! Of course, any currently enrolled students will gain access to those additional visual models at no additional cost as they become available.

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!

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What bonuses are included?

This course gives you access to numerous modeling templates. You are free to download these and use them within your 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

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 and advance your Business Analyst career.

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Invest in your future. Enroll today!

Who is the target audience?
  • 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.
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Curriculum For This Course
73 Lectures
06:28:42
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Welcome to the Course!
5 Lectures 07:22

Lecture Slides [added Dec 2016]
00:08

This lecture will give you an introduction into my story. 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

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.

Course Downloads
00:12

Instructions: Opening the XML Files
00:13
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Introduction to Visual Modeling
1 Lecture 08:37

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
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SWOT Analysis
10 Lectures 34:25

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)
00:27
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Use Cases
10 Lectures 36:58

**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

Before you Start (added Feb 2017)
00:07

Use Case Practical Exercise
16:37

STUDENT ACTIVITY: Now It's Your Turn (Use Cases)
00:43
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Organization Chart
6 Lectures 36:50

**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)
01:47
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Stakeholder Map & RACI Matrix
11 Lectures 01:22:57
READ THIS FIRST: Information about these visual models
00:25

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

Stakeholder Map Practical Exercise
15:31

STUDENT ACTIVITY: Now It's Your Turn (Stakeholder Map)
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

RACI Matrix Quiz
6 questions
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Scoring Matrix
8 Lectures 40:31

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)
00:57
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Process Flowcharts [added Dec 2016]
10 Lectures 01:30:47

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)
00:46
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User Stories [added Mar 2017]
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
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Bonus Section
1 Lecture 01:57
Bonus Lecture
01:57
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!