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The growing popularity of the Agile methodology has added a new dimension to business analysis. Thriving in Agile environments usually requires pre-existing knowledge of how Agile works, such as how to utilize iterative planning, decentralized autonomy, frequent client interaction, and so on. With the right context and training, a business analyst can greatly enhance the alignment of Agile projects with corporate strategies while also providing a level of objectivity that keeps projects on track and within budget.
‘Agile Business Analyst (AgileBA)’ is a world-class Agile business analysis framework. Based on the Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM), it offers a comprehensive look at the role of the ‘Agile business analyst’, along with demonstrably effective best practices for those interested in succeeding in such a position. Becoming a fully certified AgileBA practitioner verifies a candidate’s expertise with the framework, enabling them to play a bigger role in Agile projects as well as unlock higher-paying job roles.
An Introduction to this AgileBA Foundation Course
This module lays out the main features of the course, including its aims, objectives, and structure. Students are also provided with a learning plan, syllabus, diagram pack, glossary, further reading and links document, several whitepapers, and links to download digital copies of essential AgileBA publications. Finally, the module answers some of the most frequently asked questions associated with the AgileBA framework.
Module 1: The Role of the Business Analyst
This module examines the role of a business analyst in the context of AgileBA. It explores AgileBA’s role in fulfilling business requirements and lays out several best practice techniques that Agile business analysts can use to support their organizations.
Module 2: Agile Fundamental Concepts: DSDM Principles & Roles
This module tackles the philosophy of the Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM) and the Agile approach to managing project variables. It looks at how the DSDM process can be configured and scaled, then examines the eight principles of DSDM, the team model, and how DSDM roles work together.
Module 3: Agile Fundamental Concepts: DSDM Management Products
This module explores the manual products produced in each DSDM phase as well as the purposes they serve. It also examines what kind of role Agile business analysts play in Agile projects.
Module 4: The Agile Business Case
This module outlines the importance of the ‘Agile business case’, its connection to corporate strategy, and what it typically contains. The module then examines different roles and responsibilities related to the business case while also taking students through the practices used to create one.
Module 5: Stakeholders in the Agile Project
Stakeholders play an important role in Agile projects. This module looks at what a stakeholder is, as well as what tools and techniques business analysts can use to engage with them. By the end of the module, students will have a firm understanding of what kind of impact positive stakeholder engagement has on project outcomes.
Module 6: Agile Practices: Facilitated Workshops
‘Facilitated workshops’ enable significant improvements to collaboration, communication, and efficiency. This module explores several different types of facilitated workshops and how Agile business analysts are involved in their use.
Module 7: Agile Practices Modeling
This module continues exploring Agile practices, including modeling and prototyping. Students learn the target audiences for these practices and what makes them useful. The module also discusses the purpose of different modeling approaches and how they link to the principles of the DSDM.
Module 8: Prioritization
This module examines the role of prioritization in successful Agile projects. It also takes students through methods such as MoSCoW Prioritization and the Kano model.
Module 9: Agile Practices: Timeboxes & Iterative Development
This module looks at ‘timeboxing’ within Agile projects, as well as the role of iterative development in solution development and testing. The module then examines how Agile business elements utilize timeboxing and iterative development.
Module 10: Requirements Introduction
The next two modules examine ‘requirements’, including how they are planned and estimated. This module begins by listing some common definitions before looking at how requirements activities develop throughout the lifecycle of a DSDM project. The module also looks at user stories, the INVEST model, and the PRL.
Module 11: Requirements Planning & Estimating
This module continues by looking at requirements planning and estimation in DSDM projects. It also explains the estimating process, as well as the role an Agile business analyst will play in requirements management.
Module 12: Making the Transition
This module features an interview with our subject matter expert and course instructor, Antony della Porter. He answers several questions about the importance of change and how this applies to the role of an Agile business analyst.
Business analysts play a vital role in ensuring that business operations are optimized in a way that fully supports organizational goals and long-term strategies. However, Agile business environments are unique in a number of ways, which can make them difficult to navigate for traditional business analysts. By far the most efficient way to get around this is for analysts to study a demonstrably effective Agile business analysis framework, and this is where AgileBA comes in.
Studying the AgileBA framework at foundation level equips business analysts to begin optimizing the value of Agile projects. AgileBA practitioners find their skills in high demand across several industries, and getting fully certified in the framework can unlock impressive career opportunities. With the increasingly widespread use of Agile, having a solid understanding of the methodology is becoming increasingly important even for experienced business analysts.
Agile undoubtedly has a great deal to offer. In many cases, it leads to faster turnaround times, increased flexibility, and a higher likelihood of client satisfaction. At the same time, poorly managed Agile projects can sometimes lose track of higher-tier business priorities. As a result, they may incorporate features that are not relevant to clients, or they may miss important deadlines. A business analyst can think objectively, making sure that Agile projects stay on track while also liaising with stakeholders and executives. The AgileBA framework offers world-class best practices, tools, and ideas for business analysts working in Agile companies, allowing them to deliver as much value as possible from their job roles.
Investing in AgileBA online training offers more benefits than the perks of the framework itself. This course offers practical insight from subject matter experts, enabling students to gain a clear understanding of how to begin applying what they learn. This can allow companies to enjoy returns on their training investments earlier on while also providing students with practical experience that will be a big help when it comes to passing their exams.
There are no prerequisites for sitting the Agile Business Analyst (AgileBA) Foundation exam.
This course comes with a FREE voucher that can be used to take the official Agile Business Analyst (AgileBA) Foundation certification exam. The exam itself can be taken online via a service provided by ProctorU.
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This course comes with two practice papers for the AgileBA Foundation certification exam. Students are encouraged to study each module closely before attempting a practice exam.
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