BCS Certificate in Business Analysis Practice Training Course

Explains how to help the Business Analyst build the knowledge for a wider picture of business systems

Introduction

Skills Gained

On completion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe how a business strategy is developed
  • Use strategic analysis techniques
  • Describe the need for project discipline
  • Explain techniques to investigate an organisation's business systems
  • Describe an approach to improving business systems
  • Explain the importance of stakeholder management and use a stakeholder analysis technique
  • Use techniques for the analysis and modelling of business systems
  • Describe how recommendations for business improvement may be identified
  • Describe the contents of a rigorous business case for the development and implementation of business changes
  • Identify costs, benefits, impacts and risks for an option in a business case

Please Note

You can book this course and hold it in credit until you have decided on a specific course date. Alternatively, please view our other course dates.
Exam Included
3 Days
£1295Excl. VAT

Course Outline

Business analysis rationale

  • The scope of business analysis
  • Definition of business analysis
  • The development of business analysis
  • The business change lifecycle
  • Roles in business analysis

Strategic analysis in context

  • External analysis – PESTLE, Five Forces Analysis
  • Internal analysis – Resource Audit, MOST
  • Building a SWOT analysis
  • Critical success factors and key performance indicators
  • Measuring performance – the Balanced Business Scorecard

A project approach to business analysis

  • Initiating a business analysis study
  • Defining terms of reference

Understanding business situations

  • Review of investigation techniques
  • Documenting the business situation:
    • Rich pictures
    • Mind maps
    • Fishbone diagrams

Business perspectives

  • Identifying stakeholders
  • Analysing stakeholders – Power/Interest Grid, RACI
  • Stakeholder management strategies
  • Defining business perspectives – CATWOE

Analysing and modelling the business activities

  • Types of business activity
  • Building a conceptual business activity model
  • Consolidating perspectives and building consensus

Identifying potential solutions

  • Business events
  • Business rules
  • Business process models
  • Exploring the gap between the current and desired situation
  • Identifying areas for business improvement – POP-IT
  • Taking a holistic approach to business improvement

Making the business case

  • Analysing feasibility
  • Contents of a business case
  • Options
  • Costs and benefits
  • Impacts and risks
  • Lifecycle for the business case

Description

Understanding how an organisation decides its strategy is fundamental to a Business Analyst being able to put their work into context. This course is designed to help the Business Analyst build the knowledge on the wider picture of business systems. It focuses on using an holistic approach to the investigation and improvement of business situations with a view to developing effective, feasible business solutions.

About the Course

Understanding how an organisation decides its strategy is fundamental to a Business Analyst being able to put their work into context. This course is designed to help the Business Analyst build the knowledge on the wider picture of business systems. It focuses on using an holistic approach to the investigation and improvement of business situations with a view to developing effective, feasible business solutions.

Who Should Attend

Business Analysts looking to gain an understanding of organisational planning and the context of business analysis within the wider picture of the organisation.

Materials Provided

  • Full course materials and handouts

Organisational Benefits

Although a certification is not mandatory for you at this time, a rapidly growing number of organisations are recommending that employees become certified. To help ensure success in the global marketplace, it is vital to select a certification program based on universally accepted technical practices

Individual Benefits

  • Helps you to do your job more effectively.
  • May lead to a pay rise in your organisation.

Prerequisites

There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Prereading

There is no prereading that needs to be undertaking during this course however a little evening reading of the course materials may be beneficial.

Exam Overview

During this three day course you’ll receive all the training you need to prepare for the BCS Business Analysis Practice certificate examination, which is held on the final afternoon of the course.

A pass means you’re another step closer to achieving your BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis – the de facto certification for practicing business analysts. This course is also a specialist option for the BCS International Diploma in Solution Development.

One last thing this course is also approved as consistent with the IIBA BABoK version 3.0 and enables participants to develop SFIA skills BUAN and REQM.

Exam Type

Classroom Exam

Professional Development Units - PDUs

Certificates of Attendance are awarded to all delegates.

Qualifications

A certificate in Business Analysis Practice - Essentials

Next Steps

Contact one of our helpful account managers who will be able to assist you in deciding your next steps.

Conclusion

After completion of this course, delegates will receive a certificate in Business Analysis Practice - Essentials. We offer other courses that may take your interest such as ITIL® Foundation, this may be beneficial for your future career goals because a rapidly growing number of organisations are recommending that employees become certified.

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