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Business Analysis Classes from Your Clear Next Step

Looking for Business Analysis training? Check out these Business Analysis classes from Your Clear Next Step.

5 Things A BA Should Do Right Now

The role of the business analyst undergoes constant evolution in order to keep up with new technology and the changing needs of our business partners. This class will explore the 5 things a BA should do right now to keep pace.

5 Things A BA Should Do Right Now – Overview:

The age-old adage that what got us here won’t get us to what’s next applies to BAs just as much as it does to anyone else. With that in mind, and with the recent release of the BABOK 3.0, now is the perfect time to engage in a global discussion about what business analysis really means. This session seeks to further that conversation by exploring 5 simple (but not always easy!) things BAs everywhere need to do right now.

  1. Practice. We are practicing BAs who value continuous improvement.
  2. Enable change. We need to “get” how and why change is happening in our business and understand what it means to our business partners.
  3. Identify needs and solutions. We must stay current with solution options on the horizon, without losing sight of our commitment to ferret out the true need.
  4. Recommend. We continue to hone our ability to influence – not just to suggest, but to recommend – and have our recommendations truly enable the business.
  5. Know Tasks and Techniques. We are expected to know the tools of our trad, the techniques that have served us well, and to continue to keep our skills fresh and ever-expanding.

5 Things A BA Should Do Right Now – Objectives: 

By attending this course, participants will:

  • Break down the definition of business analysis in the context of the tactical things BAs do every day
  • Describe the value of necessity for continuous improvement in the BA role
  • Explore tools to help you understand change and improve your organizational influence

Adaptable BA

This next-level class goes beyond the BABOK and BA basics to give you tools and knowledge that go into being a BA superstar. You’ll focus on six areas that Adaptable BAs excel in and discover how to integrate them into your own BA style.

Adaptable BA – Overview:

At the center of the Adaptable BA’s purpose is to provide value through action. This course defines key characteristics and techniques that allow you to better adapt to your environment from a BA role.  Based on the experiences and research of our own BA Coaches, blended with best practices of the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) and rounded out with hands-on activities and discussions with career experts in the field, this hands-on class will open your eyes to new knowledge in the BA discipline. You’ll have a chance to evaluate your current strengths and areas of opportunity against several areas of practice, identify techniques and tools you can use to become more flexible, comfortable, and valuable by adapting to the needs of your environment, and find ways you can advance in your career as you demonstrate and embody these elements of BA adaptability.

Adaptable BA – Objectives: 

By attending this course, participants will:

  • Define Adaptability as it relates to the BA discipline
  • Explore 6 concepts the Adaptable BA fully understands and relies on: Business Acumen, Self-Awareness, People Tolerance, Questions, Methodology and Flexibility
  • Evaluate your grasp of these concepts
  • Encounter tools you can use

BA Basics

What do BA’s do, really? And what does success look like for a BA?  How do good BA’s spend their days, and how do they add value to our organizations?  Find out at this half-day workshop!

BA Basics – Overview:

This fast-paced, half-day session will shed some light on the purpose of Business Analysts, so you can hit the ground running, whether you’re starting in that role or leading others who are. BA Basics is the absolute essence of Business Analysis, distilled into 5 simple components that BAs live out on a daily basis, in any organization of any size. According to the 3rd edition of the BABOK, “Business Analysis is the practice of enabling change in an enterprise by defining needs and recommending solutions that deliver value to stakeholders”. We’ll walk through what that really means in simple, easy-to-apply steps, leaving you with a ready-to-use quick reference guide for your very next BA encounter.

BA Basics – Objectives: 

By attending this course, participants will:

  • Break down the definition of business analysis and examine it in the context of the tactical things BAs do every day

Breaking Into Business Analysis

In partnership with your local IIBA chapter, gain practical tools you can use to break into the business analysis space.

Breaking Into Business Analysis – Overview:

  1. They learn some foundational BA content (this would be YCNS content from our training library, taken from our conceptual alignment of BABOK knowledge areas and competencies) that gives the learners a real-life understanding of key BA terms.)
  2. They learn some very specific tips on how to break into the BA Space
    • Practice Business Analysis where you are (what that means and how to do it)
    • Get a BA mentor (what that means and how to do it)
    • Hang out with other BAs (what that means and how to do it)
  3. They learn how the IIBA Central Iowa Chapter is specifically positioned to help them with the three ways they can “break in”: study groups, mentoring programs, volunteerism in the chapter, etc. A representative from the IIBA-CIC serves as session co-host or panelist and chimes in at each of the three “how to break in” spaces to talk specifically about what the chapter has to offer members as they work on these.

Breaking Into Business Analysis – Objectives: 

By attending this course, participants will:

  • Gain tips you can use to break into Business Analysis
  • Practice Business Analysis where you already are
  • Hang out with other BAs

Business Analysis Essentials

The best of both BA worlds: the textbook BA Fundamentals meets a tactical, practical real-world look at what BA’s actually do, this session is a great crash course for anyone in the BA world.

Business Analysis Essentials – Overview:

Start with our BA Fundamentals course on Day One for a grounded approach to the BABOK that includes real-life and relatable examples and situations. You’ll take a textbook look at Business Analysis according to the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA), and explore the knowledge areas, competencies, and key techniques in Business Analysis through a cover to cover exploration of the IIBA Body of Knowledge (BABOK)——in a simplified way.  On the second day, you’ll encounter our BA Survival Guide for a reality-based crash course in what you absolutely need to know as a BA.

Full of practical and readily applicable knowledge, you’ll walk away with the essentials and tools to do Business Analysis in the real world.  You’ll discover the basic concepts for effective business analysis and how BAs can add value to project teams and organizations, then you’ll be exposed to the competencies that BAs must master to be effective: communication, relationship-building, leadership, knowledge-management, organizational skills, and versatility.  Finally, learn the key differences among basic types of requirements – what makes them different, when to use them, what they look like, and how to write good ones.

During the two-day course, participants will get an overview of the most common tools, techniques, methods and skills required to understand the business need and ensure that the solution adds value, while simulating and practicing key steps in a project delivery cycle from the BA perspective.

Business Analysis Essentials – Objectives: 

By attending this course, participants will:

  • Prepare be productive and effective as a BA as quickly as possible
  • Explore an easy-to-apply framework and process to use from the BA role
  • Recognize the core knowledge areas of Business Analysis and the underlying competencies
  • Practice most commonly used BA techniques for immediate application

*Note* This course can be adapted for an audience of Business Analysists or an audience of Project Managers.

Business Analysis Fundamentals

Ready to understand the Business Analysis discipline in a more formal way?  This full-day session walks through the IIBA BABOK Guide 3rd Edition in a highly-structured way, allowing you a solid overview of the discipline and a chance to develop your own skills.

Business Analysis Fundamentals – Overview:

This course is a grounded approach to the BABOK that includes real-life and relatable examples and situations. Starting with a textbook look at Business Analysis according to the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA), you’ll explore the knowledge areas, competencies, and several key techniques in Business Analysis. This course covers the IIBA Body of Knowledge (BABOK) Guide, 3rd Edition — cover to cover—in a simplified way. Participants will get an overview of the most common tools, techniques, methods and skills required to understand the business need and ensure that the solution adds value, while simulating and practicing key steps in a project delivery cycle from the BA perspective.   This course makes the BABOK Guide approachable, with high-level highlights and a deep dive on what you really need to know.

Business Analysis Fundamentals – Objectives: 

By attending this course, participants will:

  • Identify and explore the knowledge areas and competencies of Business Analysis according to the IIBA BABOK guide 3rd Edition
  • Have an opportunity to self-assess their own preferences, skills, and goals within the BA discipline
  • Simulate key moments of the BA process in a sample project lifecycle
  • Practice using a handful of key tools and techniques for effective business analysis

Business Analysis Survival Guide

This is a reality-based crash course in what you absolutely need to know as a BA, packed with the essentials you need to do Business Analysis in the real world.

Business Analysis Survival Guide – Overview:

This workshop is designed to help new or almost-new BAs formalize their discipline knowledge and BA processes rooted in best practices and BABOK standards.

A one-day reality-based crash course in what you absolutely need to know as a BA, this course takes a different approach and focuses beyond “textbook” business analysis and brings participants into the real world. Full of practical and readily applicable knowledge, you’ll walk away with the essentials and tools to do business analysis int eh real world, starting with an introduction to business analysis. You’ll discover the basic concepts for effective business analysis and how BAs can add value to project teams and organizations, then you’ll be exposed to the competencies that BAs must master to be effective: communication, relationship-building, leadership, knowledge management, organizational skills, and versatility. Finally, learn the key differences among basic types of requirements – what makes them different, when to use them, and why they look like, and how to write good ones.

Business Analysis Survival Guide – Objectives: 

By attending this course, participants will:

  • Prepare to be productive and effective as a BA as quickly as possible
  • Recognize an easy-to-apply framework and process to use from the BA role
  • Be introduced to the core knowledge areas of business analysis and the underlying competencies
  • Recall and practice most commonly used BA techniques for immediate application

Business Analysis Tools and Techniques: BATT Level 1 Certification

This class will help participants understand what business analysis really is while arming them with critical tools and techniques to perform business analysis well using best practices.

Business Analysis Tools and Techniques: BATT Level 1 Certification – Overview:

The Business Analysis Tools & Techniques (BATT) certification program has been developed to help make sure your project team’s analysis tools, techniques, and competencies are what they need to be for today’s fast-paced environment.  Complete with hard-hitting examples, real-life scenarios, and up-to-date methods and industry standards, the program will not only introduce you to tools but also help you to quickly identify which options best suit the situation at hand.

Business Analysis Tools and Techniques: BATT Level 1 Certification – Objectives: 

By attending this course, participants will:

  • Lay the foundation for excellence and success within the BA Role
  • Define Business Analysis
  • Gain a foundational knowledge of Business Analysis Competencies
  • List and practice documenting Business Requirements
  • Gain tools for assessing and validating the needs of the business
  • Discover the Secret to Effective Elicitation

Facilitating A Requirements Workshop

Business Analysis requires the ability to elicit requirements, and a requirements workshop can be an effective technique for doing just that.

Facilitating A Requirements Workshop – Overview:

This interactive, hands-on session will provide you with tactical, practical tools and techniques you can add to your BA toolkit. We’ll focus specifically on facilitating requirements workshops, including different strategies you can use as you facilitate requirements discussions in small groups, in large groups, and for large or small projects, and we’ll explore other facilitation techniques that can ensure your success as a facilitator. Participants receive a take-away checklist to improve their facilitation success.

Facilitating A Requirements Workshop – Objectives: 

By attending this course, participants will:

  • Gain at least one tool that you didn’t have in your toolbox before
  • Experience a requirements workshop
  • Have fun

Process Improvement For Business Analysts

Process Improvement For Business Analysts – Overview:

Process Improvement is as much a mindset as it is a skillset.  This custom, two-day workshop covers key techniques and approaches in examining processes for optimization, adopting a spirit of continuous improvement, document processes effectively, bringing stakeholders along through process improvement, and receiving and using the gift of feedback to make the next process even better.  Designed for active, practicing business analysts, with plenty of hands-on skill practice and discussion time, this class will help you increase your organization’s capacity and affinity for effective process improvement.

Process Improvement For Business Analysts – Objectives: 

By attending this course, participants will:

  • Practice making a compelling case for documenting current state quickly
  • Gain tips for documenting processes efficiently
  • Encounter reusable questions for process optimization
  • Gain tools for fostering continuous improvement

Ripped from the Headlines

How can I as a BA enable change in an organizational context? Every project and every person is unique, but what are the constants that can help others through change better – start to finish? Every project is unique. Every organization has its own culture, its own setting, its own cast of characters. But there are definitely themes that keep resurfacing from project to project, organization to organization.

Ripped from the Headlines – Overview:

As BAs, we’re tasked with enabling change in an organizational context. But what if that organization context and those who are part of it seem to be very reason change isn’t happening? The truth is, people are human beings with thoughts, feelings, fears, aspirations, and together they co-create a culture that responds to change in its own way. What if we could detect some of the thoughts, feelings, fears, and aspirations that our stakeholders are encountering, meet them where they are, relate to them effectively, and help them – and the project – move forward. What if we could help them co-create a culture that responds to change just a little bit better, with just a little bit less pain? Inspired by her background in literature and her love of character development and storytelling, join “people-ist” Sinikka Waugh as she weaves real-life project examples and all-too-familiar “cast of characters” into an engaging “choose-your-own-adventure” workshop designed to help BAs improve their ability to enable change in an organizational context.

Ripped from the Headlines – Objectives: 

By attending this course, participants will:

  • Review an easy-to relate to, easy-to-retain model of change management
  • Gain simple tools to help you assess your stakeholders and their perspective on change, on the project, and on their interaction preferences
  • Practice suing words that work to help you enable change with your stakeholders throughout the lifecycle of a project, by encountering some of the “usual suspects”

Are you ready?

Are you ready to boost your skills and make your work even better? We are here to help!

Contact us today about how we can deliver any of these classes to your team today.

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