Classes – PM & BA

Project Management and Business Analysis Classes from Your Clear Next Step

Looking to boost your Project Management or Business Analysis skill-set? These classes are for you!

Business Analysis By the Book(s)

A best-of-the-best match made in heaven! We’ve brought together the BABOK 3.0 and the PMI-PBA certification to bring you a comprehensive definition and understanding of Business Analysis that will meet virtually any need whether you are a BA or a PM.

Business Analysis By the Book(s) – Overview:

This is a fast-paced but low-pressure way to get a team grounded in the same foundation of Business Analysis regardless of their backgrounds or experiences. It is also a great baseline for new leaders of Business Analysts who need to understand what is expected of the Business Analysts role.

In addition to what we believe are the BA essentials, we’ll highlight overlaps between the IIBA and PMI definitions of Business Analysis and drill down on what you really need to know.

This course is pragmatic in its approach and generous with hands-on experiential learning. A one-day reality-based crash course in what you absolutely need to know as a BA, this course brings participants the essentials they need to do Business Analysis in the real world.

Business Analysis By the Book(s) – Objectives: 

By attending this course, participants will…

  • Identify the key knowledge areas and competencies of Business Analysis through an overview of the BABOK Guide and the PMI-PBA Handbook
  • Gain a better understanding and working definitions of the BA discipline and vocabulary
  • Assess your own preferences, skills, and goals within the BA context
  • Practice using new tools and techniques
  • Simulate key moments of the BA process in a sample project lifecycle

Business Case

Not sure if that idea or initiative is good for your business?  Eliminate the guesswork by using a business case. Grow your skills and gain reusable templates in this half-day workshop.

Business Case – Overview:

The goal of this class is to help you find the words, numbers, tools, and ways to justify or cancel a business-based initiative of any sort – from projects to new products or new locations, you name it. You’ll get reusable tools and templates for creating a clear and concise business case, along with activities to help you make your understanding concrete. Practice writing your own business case, look at good examples, and find out what you can adopts and adapt for your own business case to take back to work with you.

Business Case – Objectives: 

By attending this course, participants will…

  • Trace the basics of a business case in a simple, easy-to-follow framework
  • Encounter reusable tips and templates to keep your business case clear and concise
  • Apply your new knowledge by drafting a sample business case
  • Discover common pitfalls of the business case and learn how to avoid them

Facilitating Good Stakeholder Relationships Through the 5 Languages of Appreciation

We believe we can use the languages of appreciation to understand people more. In the work you are doing, that means getting to know your stakeholders more and having better relationship to in turn do better work.

Facilitating Good Stakeholder Relationships Through the 5 Languages of Appreciation – Overview:

Expressing appreciation at work is critical to building healthy stakeholder relationships, but sometimes it’s easy to forget, and it’s even easier to overlook when it’s unfamiliar territory. The keys to expressing appreciation in a meaningful way are consistency, personalization, and accountability. So how do you express sincere appreciation appropriately to stakeholders? We’ll introduce the 5 Languages of Appreciation and take a closer look at who and where they fit, along with tactical tips to help you get your appreciation across. Designed as a realistic and applicable “How-To” guide for busy professionals, this session will help you take those critical first steps to appreciate those around you for the valuable work they do within your organization.

Facilitating Good Stakeholder Relationships Through the 5 Languages of Appreciation – Objectives: 

By attending this course, participants will…

  • Describe how appreciation ties to stakeholder engagement
  • Examine the five different types of appreciation, and discover feasible ways to understand your stakeholders better
  • Explore real-life examples of how to appreciate the stakeholders in your environment today
  • Become empowered to boost office-morale through genuine acts of appreciation

Intro to Agile

Designed for the paradigm-shifting training to educate as many folks in an organization as possible to help get everyone on the same page about what Agile is and explore how it would look in your organization. Learn and practice tools and techniques to make Agile work for.

Intro to Agile – Overview:

Agile is ultimately a way to respond better to change. In today’s work environment, sometimes it’s more important to be adaptive than to stick to a rigid plan. Agile recognizes that and encourages flexibility. In this class, you’ll explore different aspects of Agile and how to make it for you.

This course is specifically designed for those of us who are curious about Agile or want to make Agile work better for their business.

Intro to Agile – Objectives: 

By attending this course, participants will…

  • Summarize the main principles and philosophies of Agile
  • Encounter reasons why your team or organization is becoming (or should become) Agile
  • Create an Agile glossary to help your team implement Agile in a way that works for your organization
  • Relate tactical Agile tools and tips

Introducing Agile to Your Team

Designed for the paradigm-shifting training to educate as many folks in an organization as possible to help get everyone on the same page about what Agile is and explore how it would look in your organization. Learn and practice tools and techniques to make Agile work for your team!

Introducing Agile to Your Team – Overview:

Agile is ultimately a way to respond better to change. In today’s work environment, sometimes it’s more important to be adaptive than to stick to a rigid plan. Agile recognizes that and encourages flexibility. In this class, you’ll explore different aspects of Agile and how to make it for you.

This course is specifically designed for those of us who are getting ready to implement agile practices with their team.

Introducing Agile to Your Team – Objectives: 

By attending this course, participants will…

  • Summarize the main principles and philosophies of Agile
  • Encounter reasons why your team or organization is becoming (or should become) Agile
  • Create an Agile glossary to help your team implement Agile in a way that works for your organization
  • Relate tactical Agile tools and tips
  • Help your team hit the ground running

Stakeholder Analysis

Without stakeholders, the project won’t succeed. Identify them, analyze them, and make a plan for maintaining good relationships.

Stakeholder Analysis – Overview:

Both the business analysis and project management role are relational by nature. Building effective working relationships is critical to becoming an effective business analyst. Understanding exactly who your stakeholders are on any given project and exactly what’s “at stake” can make or break your success on any given effort. Before you take a single step forward on a project, make sure you’ve done your stakeholder analysis. Not sure how, or where to start? This class will give you everything you need to take that critical first step.

Stakeholder Analysis – Objectives: 

By attending this course, participants will…

  • Define stakeholder analysis
  • Practice with real life scenarios
  • Gain a set of tools for immediate use

6 Things PMs and BAs Should Know About Each Other

Both the PM and the BA role are critical for our success, and when we work together, we can ensure the right work produces the right results in the best interest of our business.

6 Things PMs and BAs Should Know About Each Other – Overview:

Designed specifically to help BAs and PMs understand each other and work together even better, this session addresses six areas where we would benefit from considering the other person’s perspective. You will explore these six areas with practical, tactical conversation tips to help you connect even better with the PMs and BAs in your own environment.

6 Things PMs and BAs Should Know About Each Other – Objectives: 

By attending this course, participants will…

  • Explore six key factors that contribute to a successful PM/BA relationship
  • Engage with a different perspective to help you understand communication styles, expertise, strengths, and approaches to risks and relationships to see another side of the coin
  • Encounter tools and discussion tips to improve the PM/BA relationship on your project

User Stories

Have you ever thought about the story behind a requirement? Why do they exist in the first places? This class will answer those questions and more.

User Stories – Overview:

This session is based on Agile requirement-writing best practices so you user stories (use cases) are useful throughout and beyond the life of a project. Using our tried-and-true W.H.A.T module, this session will define User Stories to give participants a better picture of what they real are, and how to write them well.

  • What User Stories are – the purpose behind them, and why they’re useful
  • How to write them well
  • Avoiding common pitfalls or obstacles teams often face
  • Tools and Techniques to apply, including a reusable User Story template

Using a memorable and repeatable model, this session will help participants anchor requirements back to the business need by defining the “who”, “what”, and “why” behind each requirement.

User Stories – Objectives: 

By attending this course, participants will…

  • Put User Stories into context
  • Identify when and how to use them
  • Describe their attributes and characteristics
  • Gain tips to write and refine user stories
  • Practice writing and refining user stories

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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