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BAB607: Business Analysis Theory and Practice


There is no more critical function in the management of successful projects than identifying a clear project scope, which includes identifying the requirements of the product the project will create. Unfortunately, identifying those requirements is difficult under even the best circumstances. Often, requirements are poorly understood even by business users of the systems or products to be created by the project and by the project designers and developers. Users often have a difficult time articulating requirements, and, frequently, the requirements will need to be changed during the course of the project. Those who develop the product of the project may also bring their own biases to product design, which may further complicate the ability of the project to produce deliverables that meet user needs.

A critical role in requirements elicitation and management is played by the business analyst. Business analysts serve as the link between the business interests served by the project and the technology that will be employed to deliver the functionality required by it. They are responsible for translating business needs into language that systems analysts can turn into a solution, for framing the problem and identifying the most appropriate solution. They keep the project focused on the needs for which it was initiated. They are often charged with gathering, documenting, and testing requirements, especially in software development and implementation projects.

The goal of this workshop is to enhance the skills of those engaged in requirements elicitation and management and to increase the capability of an organization to deliver products and services that meet user and stakeholder needs. It provides a focused overview of both the “hard” and “soft” skills necessary for business analysis and an introduction to the processes included in the BABOK™ requirements cycle. This workshop also provides an interactive capstone exercise that requires participants to demonstrate the skills they have learned and to apply those skills in a simulated project.

This workshop is compliant with the standards for business analysis and requirements definition, the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge, Version 1.6 (hereafter referred to as the BABOK), which has been prepared by the International Association of Business Analysis™ (IIBA).



The following individuals would benefit from participating in this workshop:

• Project managers and senior managers
• Business analysts
• Project stakeholders concerned with requirements management
• Those who aspire to become project managers or business analysts
• Those engaged in improving the delivery of products and services that meet user needs


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5 days


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