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Agile Business Analysis (AgileBA®)

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About the course

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Created by APMG International in partnership with DSDM Consortium, the most recent addition to the Agile portfolio of professional training and certification schemes provides best practice guidance that directly addresses the role, responsibilities, and skills of the business analyst. The guidance is based on the DSDM Agile Project Framework, an approach which defines the role of the project based business analyst in relation to business, development and testing roles at all levels. The course will provide:
• Knowledge and understanding of the Agile Business Analyst role and responsibilities
• Context to the role beyond the individual project, in relation to organizational mission and strategy
• Additional depth, guidance and techniques for the business analyst role.

BMC is an AgileBA Accredited Training Organisation (ATO) quality assured for the delivery of this course. All our tutors are also practitioners, which enables them to bring the subject matter to life with real life examples.

Recent reviews:
August 2017  “Would recommend this course, especially with regards to modelling and requirements capture”.

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Who should take the course?

The course has been specially created to support those working in or towards a business analyst role. It is also designed to benefit Project Managers, Change and Systems Analysts, Scrum Product Owners/Managers and Agile Developers.

 

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Benefits – individual?

AgileBA provides business analysts involved in Agile projects, large and small, with the tools they need to adopt an agile approach. It gives advice on focus and value-delivery and guidance on working with business stakeholders, developers, testers and outlines the skills needed to deliver solutions incrementally. It equips the business analyst with techniques to incorporate Agile approaches into a programme and to align change with organizational objectives.

Individuals will gain:-
• Knowledge and understanding of AgileBA
• Agile Business Analysis techniques
• Knowledge of how to move from traditional to more agile ways of working

With the skills to feel confident in the critical role of business analyst, practitioners are better equipped to ensure the success of agile projects and development.

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Benefits – organisation?

Using AgileBA in your organisation ensures a standard approach to executing agile projects, as the approach is aligned with AgilePM and AgilePgM.

Implementation of AgileBA also delivers the following advantages:

  • It informs both Agile and traditional project managers – who often also have business analysis responsibilities, of the content of an Agile business analyst role in addition to educating them on Agile techniques.
  • Scrum developers will benefit from gaining an understanding of the Business Analyst role. AgileBA fills the gap of lacking Business Analyst understanding as a result of there being no defined roles for Scrum developers.
  • Product Owners will benefit from the Agile development skills delivered during the AgileBA training courses.
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Qualifications

Foundation: Upon successful completion of the Foundation examination only, the AgileBA® Foundation Certificate is awarded.
Practitioner and Integrated: Upon successful completion of the Practitioner examination, the AgileBA® Practitioner Certificate is awarded.

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Foundation

The Foundation examination follows 2 days of formal instruction (usually Mon-Tues)

Exam Format

  • Multiple Choice
  • 50 questions per paper
  • 25 marks required to pass (out of 50 available) – 50%
  • 40 minutes duration
  • Closed-book
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Practitioner

A further 1.5 days of formal instruction is required for the Practitioner examination (Weds / Thurs).  The exam is usually on Thursday afternoon. Delegates must have achieved a 50% pass in the Foundation exam to be eligible to sit the Practitioner exam.

Exam Format

  • Complex Multiple Choice
  • 4 questions per paper with 20 marks available per question
  • 40 marks required to pass (out of 80 available) - 50%
  • 2.5 hour duration
  • Open-book (AgileBA Handbook only)
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Integrated

In total, there are 4 days, including the formal instruction and examinations for the Foundation and Practitioner qualifications, which deliver a comprehensive understanding of the principles and theory of Agile Business Analysis.

The Foundation and Integrated course fees includes the cost of the examinations and the official APMG/DSDM manual. The Practitioner course fee includes the exam only (no Manual included).

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Key Features

During this four-day course our highly experienced tutor will walk you through the AgileBA® using a stimulating combination of lectures, demonstrations and tutorial exercises all of which are bound together by relevant Agile themes.

Topics covered are as follows: -

The Holistic View of the Business
The AgileBA 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 AgileBA and Agileteam

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.

A pre course study pack will be emailed to you upon receipt of payment. This represents approximately 20hrs work in the form of exercises and reading. The AgileBA text book will be issued to you on the first day of your course.

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