BCS Agile Business Analysis
About the Course
The Agile way of working is becoming ever more popular in modern business. It’s a smart way to work, and so it makes sense for you, the business analyst, to get to grips with how you can contribute to the success of Agile development projects.
This course will help you do just that. Based on a true-to-life case study, you’ll use your existing business analysis knowledge and techniques and practise applying the Agile approach within a business analysis scenario. You’ll come away with a real understanding of how business analysis is applied within the context of the Agile philosophy.
You’ll not only explore the philosophy behind Agile, but the methods and techniques used within business and the principles that guide this way of working. You’ll also consider holistic and lean thinking, and how they can benefit your business.
Who is it for?
This course is designed mainly for practising business analysts who wish to apply agile techniques to their day to day work
It is beneficial of participants have some experience of business analysis, either in an Agile or more linear development environment, as this will enable them more easily to understand the differences in practice in an Agile approach.
Yes. During this three day course you’ll receive all the training you need to prepare for the BCS Agile Business Analysis Professional Certificate exam, which is held on the final afternoon of the course. A pass in this module will contribute to the BCS International Advanced Diploma in Business Analysis.
This course explores business analysis within the context of the Agile philosophy and approach. The rationale and origin of Agile is discussed and techniques used by business analysts on Agile projects are explained, including how they can be used on business improvement projects as well as those involving software development. The course is based around a realistic case study, enabling participants to apply the Agile techniques.
The Agile Philosophy
- The history of Agile and Agile Software Development
- The Agile Manifesto
- Agile components (principles, methods & techniques)
- Agile in the business context
- Lean Business Analysis Service, system and Lean thinking)
- Collaborative working
- Self-organizing teams
- Continuous Improvement
- Iterative development/Incremental delivery
- Plan for, and build in change
- History of Agile Methods
- Linear (defined) Vs Agile (empirical) methods
- Evolution of Agile methods
- Agile methods – DSDM, UP, SCRUM, XP, Lean Software
- BA role in Agile
- Stakeholder groups
- Understanding the customer
- Agile BA role in stakeholder engagement and management
- Purpose and principles behind Agile Modelling
- The hierarchy of models (business view to system component)
- Prioritisation using MoSCoW
- Decomposing and organizing business goals
- User stories and roles
- Managing requirements with the solution backlog
- Estimating story points
- Managing the iterations (Planning, aligning, traceability, velocity)
Agile BA Planning
- BA role in agile projects
- Creating a kanban board
- Constraining factors
- The system of interest