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Business Analysis Foundations: an all-inclusive course

The business analysis process, methods and techniques you need to solve big problems and generate value in the agile world of today.

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  • 3 hours
  • 30 lessons
  • 100 questions
  • Beginner course
  • IIBA EEP endorsed courseENDORSED COURSE

Course description

This course tackles all the fundamentals of business analysis you need to solve problems in today's rapidly changing agile world.

The starting point of this course? The “why” of business analysis with tons of examples. It’s not always easy to understand why it’s pivotal to understand the basic business analysis definition first. We’ll spell it out for you.

The backbone of the course is a fundamental step-by-step approach to problem-solving: the BA process. Using this process, it will be a lot easier to understand the core values and concepts of business analysis and put them into practice.

The business analysis process depicted in this course is the method you will use to translate a need into a solution. You’ll know exactly what to do to generate value for your stakeholders by solving that need if you follow these four steps:

  • Understand the question: grasp why business and project strategy matters and what approach you’ll be using in your project

  • Find the problem: use requirements elicitation and root cause analysis techniques to get to the heart of the problem.

  • Design the solution: ideation, discussion and prototyping are essential to discovering the right solution.

  • Implement the solution: to build the solution right, you need to know how to prepare and roll out your changes.

For each of the steps, we give an overview of the techniques, tools and tips and tricks that will help you build the right skills for your day-to-day job. That is the focus of this course. The plethora of examples will help you to put your newfound knowledge into practice.

In terms of prerequisites, this business analysis course assumes nothing. We start right from the most fundamental level and take you on the journey through the world of business analysis.

By the time you finish this course, as an analyst, you'll have a solid understanding of how business analysis may help to solve many of the problems that surface in the organization.

Content

    • nuggetvideo

      Who is the course for

      03:43

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      Why we need it

      11:12

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      Course overview

      01:40

  1. The Core

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      The core of business analysis

      09:51

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      The problem space

      07:24

    • moduletest

      Test

      5 questions

  2. The Process

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      The business analysis process

      07:27

    • moduletest

      Test

      5 questions

  3. Understand the Question

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      Why strategy matters

      09:26

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      Project context

      04:25

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      Assignment

      02:54

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      Approach

      02:12

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      Conclusion

      00:53

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      Test

      5 questions

  4. Find the Problem

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      Find the problem

      10:08

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      Stakeholder needs

      05:57

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      Needs analysis

      13:08

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      Needs analysis guidelines

      03:15

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      Root-causes

      06:50

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      Agree on the problem

      05:11

    • moduletest

      Test

      10 questions

  5. Design & Evaluate the Solution

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      The solution introduction

      02:58

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      Ideate

      09:13

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      Discuss

      05:31

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      Test & prototype

      11:16

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      Business case

      01:52

    • moduletest

      Test

      5 questions

  6. Implement the Solution

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      The build introduction

      05:18

    • nuggetvideo

      Business solution

      04:41

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      IT solution

      11:37

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      Roll-out strategy

      02:09

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      Build

      05:49

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      Roll-out and validation

      01:46

    • moduletest

      Test

      5 questions

  7. The Conclusion

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      Conclusion

      03:07

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Why follow this course?

Asking why you need to do business analysis is the same as asking why you need to solve problems in your organization. Essentially, that’s what these skills help you do – they help you fix problems. Many organizations have skilled firefighters – people in operations that must put out fires and resolve issues as soon as possible. The problem with firefighting is that the problem itself – the reason of the fire, is not removed.

That’s what we aim to do when following the method in this course. The course will cover the complete domain without diving too deep into specific business analysis techniques, tools or concepts. Become a successful business analyst today!

About the teachers

Manu De Backer

Professor - Trainer - Expert BA - Process Enthusiast - Smart Process Automation - Academic Director - Product Enthusiast

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His focus on business processes is relentless, and as a consultant, he has helped many organizations in optimizing their process-oriented way of working. Driven by a love for great products and customer experiences, he helps organizations thrive in a complex business environment.

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Steven Laurent

Agile Expert - Business Analyst - Enterprise Architect

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As a commercial engineer and a business/IT consultant for more than 20 years, he has helped many organizations to realize their strategic goals, optimize and digitize their processes, and launch innovative solutions.

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International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®)

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