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Business Analysis Success (3.0)


September 15-16 ,2015 

9 am - 4 pm; 12 PDU; $995;
Instructor: Amanda Dietz

Innovations in information technology have had a dramatically positive impact on American business over the last 15 years. Still, research consistently shows that a large percentage of software projects fail to deliver the intended business results. The "IT-Business" divide is a key factor in these failures.  Indeed, more than 50 percent of organizations polled in a recent IT Governance Institute survey lacked any formal structure to align IT investments with business strategy.  This two-day program creates the framework for a successful BA-IT partnership in the development of effective business requirements. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Integrate business requirements management practices into your system development and project management life cycles
  • Create a strategy map
  • Use the strategy map and process management tools to identify potential project opportunities
  • Evaluate alternatives using enterprise architecture frameworks
  • Conduct feasibility studies
  • Document high level business requirements based on enterprise analysis

Target Audience:

Business analyst, systems analyst, requirements manager, analyst or engineer, project or program manager, team leader, development manager, requirements manager or engineer, management consultant and IT specialist.

Course Outline:

  • Importance of Requirements
    • Why requirements are missed
    • The costs of missed requirements
    • The role of the Business Analyst
  • Integrating Requirements into Key Life Cycles
    • Requirements management Knowledge Areas
    • Requirements and the system development life cycles
    • Requirements and the project management life cycle
  • Understanding Stakeholders and Organizational Politics
    • Identifying and classifying stakeholders
    • Evaluating and leveraging politics
  • Developing and Updating the Business Architecture
    • Creating/interpreting the strategic plan
    • Frameworks for business architecture evaluation
    • Establishing traceability
  • Defining the Business Opportunity
    • Conducting feasibility studies
    • Developing a visioning document
    • Analysis of options
    • Preparing the business case
  • Verification
  • Keys to Success
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