Jan 15th 2015

Business Analysis 101 (iversity)

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Have you ever been in a situation where you needed to demonstrate some sort of analytical thinking? Have you ever had to solve some complex problem? If so, you were a secret practitioner of Business Analysis activities and didn’t even realize.

Over the last 10 to 15 years, the inception of new products and services has steered corporations to manage this development in a much more efficient manner in order to meet customer demand. This introspection within the business community was comprised of two elements:

1.) Can one identify the deficiencies in previous workings in order to overcome the shortcomings?

2.) What is the employee skillset required in order to ensure proper deployment of these new customer needs?

The inception of the Business Analysis profession was a result of this changed situation as well as an overall classification of those competencies that were already being practiced in the enterprise.

This course takes a look at the competencies required of a Business Analysis. In addition, you will be exposed to the following elements tied to the subject matter:

- The typical business analysis path, starting with a problem statement, the requirements tied to the need to be addressed and a definition of the most robust solution possible.

- The tie between the enterprise strategy and business analysis activities.

- The relationship between needs and current processes

- Document analysis and the importance of historical data

- The means by which elicitation is performed

- Solutions, business cases and decisions

- Business Analysis and quality

- System thinking and estimations

This course is intended to give you a general overview of what this discipline entails and can act as a springboard into more detailed study at a future date.