How Does Business Analysis Fit into Your Organization?

  • 20 August 2020
  • Author: Jonathan Scott
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If you or someone in your organization participates in projects or helps define or clarify strategies, this article is for you.

Business Analysis is now considered a hard skill which every professional should have. This is due to being used in most roles, at some level, in order to make decisions. Whether you have heard of Business Analysis or not, there’s a huge chance you or someone you know has been a contributor, possibly without even recognizing it.

If an organization is going through a structural change, building new products, changing a product, building software, adding new functionality to software, or any other change in an organization, Business Analysis is a part. Business Analysis is about how we facilitate change within an organization in order to determine which option will deliver the greatest value.

Regardless of the problems or opportunities within your business, there’s a high likelihood Business Analysis can add crucial value in being a part of your projects. From the very early stages of the project, even before a project is approved, and then consistently throughout the entire lifecycle of the project.

One of the largest reasons for which Business Analysis fits in so well into so many business projects is because it compliments Project Management so well. In fact, it’s said in order to have complete success in Project Management, you must first define what you’re going to build… which is Business Analysis.

Today, it’s crucial for businesses to properly describe and understand the problem they are trying to solve so they may accurately understand where they are today. Root Cause Analysis (RCA) is a Business Analysis method of problem solving where the goal is not to treat a symptom, but instead to treat the problem. Whatever the problem or opportunity is within your organization, bringing a Business Analysist into your process can ensure the expectations are met and goals are achieved. A Business Analysist is not usually a separate job role, but a responsibility within several roles you likely already have.

In order to get you started on a path to enabling change through defining needs and recommending proper solutions, we have assembled some of our Business Analysis courses to further define how this discipline can add value to your business.  

Business Analysis Essentials

Our BA01 – Business Analysis Essentials is a great course for someone first starting out with Business Analysis. This course is two days in length and is one of our most popular courses in the BA realm and acts as an introduction designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of the benefits, functions and impact a business analyst has within an organization. This is also a highly preferred pre-requisite to many of our other elective BA courses.

Strategic Enterprise Analysis

The BA02 – Strategic Enterprise Analysis course focuses on laying proper groundwork before gathering requirements; such as, determining where your business is today and where you want to be in the future and then building the appropriate business case. This two-day class helps avoid the pitfall of jumping to a solution prior to a solid understanding of the opportunity or problem needing to be addressed.

Writing Effective Business Cases

The BA03 – Writing Effective Business Cases is for those who need to create a business case and then present or document a needed change in the business. In this two-day course you will learn to support your strategic recommendations with sound budgeting and financial backup.

Eliciting and Writing Effective Requirements

Our BA04 – Eliciting and Writing Effective Requirements course involves a deep exploration of requirements, requirements elicitation, and writing requirements. In this three-day course you will learn how to perform a deep exploration of your stakeholders as a starting point to the requirements process.

Process Modeling Using BPMN

The BA05 – Process Modeling Using Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) course is for those who create process diagrams. For two days, you will learn the best practices in process mapping so both the business and IT stakeholders will be able to understand the models and map processes consistently throughout your organization. Check out our Microsoft Visio classes if you use this application for your business diagrams.

Agile for Business Analysts

The BA08 – Agile for Business Analysts course includes an Agile overview with Business Analysis perspectives, plus Exam Prep for the Agile Analysis Certification (IIBA®-AAC).  In two days, you will gain an understanding of how the business analysis role changes on an Agile team. You will also learn about delivery approaches that use a combination of practices from waterfall and agile and will also be introduced to the important concept of business analysis tailoring – the key skill used to adapt business analysis skills to all environments – regardless of the delivery life cycle selected.

Understanding Root Cause Analysis

Our BA10 – Understanding Root Cause Analysis course is an introduction to Root Cause Analysis (RCA) where you learn to treat the actual problem, not just a symptom. This two-day course is for those who want to improve their ability to solve recurring problems in an organization.

Foundations of Business Analysis

The BA30 – Foundations of Business Analysis is for anyone starting out in Business Analysis and looking for an in-depth training which also includes the IIBA knowledge areas for Entry Certificate in Business Analysis™ (ECBA™) – IIBA. This four-day training provides individuals with a clear understanding and total immersion into all the facets of the business analyst role. Those who complete this course will be well equipped with new skills and knowledge that can be immediately applied on current and future projects.

Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) and Competency in Business Analysis (CCBA®) Exam Preparation Course

In the BACP02 – Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) and Competency in Business Analysis (CCBA®) Exam Preparation Course is an intermediate/advanced course designed to provide participants with a clear understanding of the concepts covered within the Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) and Certification of Capability in Business Analysis™ (CCBA®) – IIBA exams. This four-day course is designed for those interested in obtaining information about the CBAP® and CCBA® exam process, especially potential exam candidates interested in pursuing business analysis certification from IIBA® in the next 3 to 6 months.

Our current Business Analysis courses are they have PDUs associated; a great benefit for all the Project Management Professionals looking for PMI continuing education requirements.

The titles mentioned in this article are a great start to our Business Analysis course offerings. With the proper training from New Horizons, adding Business Analysis to your team is a benefit that can really positively impact your organization in the long therm. Reach out to us to learn more information.

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