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Is Business Analysis Right for Your Organization?

Do you or someone in your organization participate in projects? Or help define or clarify strategy? If yes, this article is for you.

You may or may not have heard of Business Analysis. However, there’s a huge chance you or someone you know has been a contributor in Business Analysis, possibly without even recognizing it. In fact, Business Analysis is considered a new hard skill which every professional should have, due to being used in most roles, at some level, in order to make decisions.

Business Analysis comes into play whenever there is change in an organization. Whether going through a structural change, building new products, changing a product, building software, adding new functionality to software, etc. Business Analysis is about how we facilitate change within an organization and determine which option is the best to deliver the greatest value.

Is there a current problem or opportunity your business is trying to solve? There’s a high likelihood Business Analysis would add crucial value in being a part of your project. Not just anywhere in the phase of the project, but in the very early stages of the project before things are even approved, and then throughout the entire lifecycle of the project.

You’ve heard the word ‘project’ a few times already in this article. The reason is that Business Analysis compliments Project Management. In order to have complete success in Project Management, you must first define what you’re going to build.

Today, it is critical for businesses to properly describe and understand the problem they are trying to solve in order to accurately understand where they are today. This could involve a Root Cause Analysis (RCA), which is a Business Analysis method of problem solving where the goal is not to treat a symptom, but instead to treat the problem. Whatever the problem or opportunity is you’re trying to solve, bring a Business Analysist into your process to continuously ensure the expectations set are delivered and the goal is achieved. And don’t let the term Business Analysist trick you, this is not usually a separate job role, but a responsibility within several roles you likely already have.

We have compiled information on some of our Business Analysis courses in order to get you started on a path to enabling change by defining needs and recommending solutions that deliver value to your stakeholders.

Business Analysis Essentials

Our BA01 – Business Analysis Essentials is the perfect course for someone first starting out with Business Analysis. This course is two days in length and is our most popular course in the BA realm which is an introduction designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of the benefits, functions and impact a business analyst has within an organization. This is also a highly preferred pre-requisite to some of our other elective BA courses.

Strategic Enterprise Analysis

The BA02 – Strategic Enterprise Analysis course focuses on laying the groundwork before gathering requirements; such as, determining where your business is today and where you want to be in the future in order to build a business case. This two-day class helps individuals avoid the pitfall of jumping to a solution prior to a solid understanding of the opportunity or problem needing to be addressed.

Writing Effective Business Cases

The BA03 – Writing Effective Business Cases is for anyone who needs to create a business case and then gather a presentation or document to sell the business on a needed change. In this two-day course you will learn to support your strategic business recommendations with sound budgeting and financial backup.

Eliciting and Writing Effective Requirements

Our BA04 – Eliciting and Writing Effective Requirements course involves a deep exploration of requirements, requirements elicitation, and writing requirements. In this three-day course you will learn how to perform a deep exploration of your stakeholders as a starting point to the requirements process.

Process Modeling Using BPMN

The BA05 – Process Modeling Using Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN)  course is for anyone who creates process diagrams. In two days, you will learn the best practices in process mapping so both the business and IT stakeholders will be able to understand the models and map processes consistently throughout your organization. Also check out our Microsoft Visio classes if you use this application for your business diagrams.

Agile for Business Analysts

The BA08 – Agile for Business Analysts course includes an Agile overview with Business Analysis perspectives, plus Exam Prep for the Agile Analysis Certification (IIBA®-AAC).  In two days, you will gain an understanding of how the business analysis role changes on an Agile team. You will also learn about delivery approaches that use a combination of practices from waterfall and agile and will also be introduced to the important concept of business analysis tailoring – the key skill used to adapt business analysis skills to all environments – regardless of the delivery life cycle selected.

Understanding Root Cause Analysis

Our BA10 – Understanding Root Cause Analysis course is an introduction to Root Cause Analysis (RCA) where you learn to treat the problem, not just a symptom of the problem. This two-day course is for anyone who wants to improve their ability to solve recurring problems in an organization.

Foundations of Business Analysis

The BA30 – Foundations of Business Analysis is great for anyone starting out in Business Analysis and looking for an in-depth training which also includes the IIBA knowledge areas for Entry Certificate in Business Analysis™ (ECBA™) – IIBA. In this four-day training provides individuals with a clear understanding and total immersion into all the facets of the business analyst role. Those completing this course will be well equipped with new skills and knowledge that can be immediately applied on current and future projects.

Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) and Competency in Business Analysis (CCBA®) Exam Preparation Course

In the BACP02 – Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) and Competency in Business Analysis (CCBA®) Exam Preparation Course is an intermediate/advanced course designed to provide participants with a clear understanding of the concepts covered within the Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) and Certification of Capability in Business Analysis™ (CCBA®) – IIBA exams. This four-day course is designed for individuals interested in obtaining information about the CBAP® and CCBA® exam process, especially potential exam candidates interested in pursuing business analysis certification from IIBA® in the next 3 to 6 months.

Each of our Business Analysis courses have PDUs associated in order to obtain PMI continuing education requirements; a great added value for all the Project Management Professionals out there.

The titles mentioned in this article are an excellent start to our Business Analysis course offerings. With the proper training from New Horizons, adding Business Analysis to your team is a benefit that can really pay off in the long term. Reach out to us to learn more information.

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