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Agile Business Analysis Foundation (APMG)

The Agile Business Analysis (AgileBA®) course, accredited by the APMG, and created in conjunction with the DSDM Consortium, is designed to give the Business Analyst the skills needed to successfully gather, analyse, validate and champion the requirements throughout an Agile project. The course will describe the most popular Agile approaches and will use the DSDM Agile Project Framework to take the Agile Business Analyst through the phases of an Agile project.

To remain competitive in rapidly changing market conditions, organisations must shorten the time it takes to deliver business change effectively. Agile development approaches enable project teams to be more responsive to customer expectations and to deliver business value early.

Agile Business Analysts are an integrated part of the Agile team throughout the life of the project. They facilitate collaboration within the project team and across the business. In addition to their traditional skills of modelling and specification, the Agile Business Analyst requires new skills in collaboration, facilitation, leadership and coaching. They must adapt to new ways of eliciting, specifying and managing requirements.

Who Should Attend?

Those who are likely to be involved in business analysis within an Agile project, including:
  • Business Analysts
  • Product Owners and business representatives
  • Project Managers
  • Developers in Agile teams
  • Testers in Agile teams

Learning Objectives

This course will enable delegates to:

  • Understand the difference between traditional and Agile business analysis
  • Identify stakeholders, personas and their involvement in Agile
  • Describe the competencies and techniques of an Agile BA
  • Understand the BA role in the Agile team and the organisation
  • Capture and manage effective requirements for incremental solution delivery
  • Recognise how an Agile Business Case differs from a traditional business case and present a lean business canvas
  • Learn how modelling techniques fit into an Agile environment
  • Understand the importance of Facilitated Workshops
  • Understand the different ways of working as a BA in Agile

Pre-Requisites

There are no pre-requisites for the course.

Course Content

The Holistic View of the Business
  • The Agile BA role in relation to mission and objectives
  • How to analyse the business environment
  • Measuring the success of implementing change
The Agile Landscape
  • What is Agile? Approaches and frameworks
  • Why is Agile needed?
  • Role and responsibilities of the Agile BA and Agile team
Stakeholders
  • Stakeholder types / personas
  • RACI and RASCI in Agile
  • Empowerment of Stakeholders in an Agile project
Dealing with Requirements
  • The Agile approach to requirements
  • User Stories, Epics, Acceptance Criteria
  • The Agile Business Analyst’s link to quality and testing
  • The Agile Requirements Life Cycle
  • Checking completeness
The Agile Business Case
  • Strategic and project business cases
  • Understanding the business problem
  • As Is, To Be, Abstraction
  • Gap Analysis and Value Streams
Facilitated Workshops
  • The role of Facilitation in Agile
  • How to organise and run a Facilitated Workshop
Prioritisation
  • Combining and prioritising requirements
  • Customer perception and expectation
Modelling and prototyping
  • 6 perspectives for modelling
  • Tacit information
  • Reasons and perspectives for prototyping
Working in a timebox
  • Timebox structure and iterative development

Exams & Certification

Delegates sit a 1 hour multiple choice AgileBA Foundation paper on the third day. Successful candidates are awarded an APMG Foundation Certificate in Agile Business Analysis (AgileBA).

Pre-Reading

Some evening work is required.

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