Practice Area

Business Analysis

Business Requirements for Project Success

  • Traditional Classroom: 1-day
  • Virtual Instructor-led: Two 3-3.5 hour sessions; Three 2-hour sessions

This intensive one-day workshop focuses on specific developing skills for discovering, analyzing, modeling, and communicating with a specific focus on systems integration projects. Techniques are relevant to any project team member with a role in eliciting, modeling, and managing requirements. Participants will apply the skills they learn through hands-on activities based on an immersive case study. Additionally, short exercises will provide participants with an opportunity to practice techniques learned.

Target Audience

This course benefits any project team member with a role in eliciting, modeling, and managing requirements.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe effective requirements.
  • Describe the purpose, process steps, challenges, and benefits of a range of techniques to elicit and model requirements from stakeholders.
  • Elicit requirements from stakeholders using: document analysis, interface analysis, root cause analysis, interviewing, requirements workshops, and prototyping.
  • Describe modeling techniques and their applicability to documenting and analyzing requirements using: context diagram, work breakdown structure, use case diagram, use case description, business process flow diagram.

Key Takeaways

Part A: Business Analysis Skills

  • Techniques for discovering needs and formulating requirements
  • Root cause analysis techniques: 5-whys, fishbone diagramming
  • Estimating effort through work breakdown structures (WBS)
  • Writing effective requirements
  • Building data requirements for integration interfaces
  • Defining requirements through use cases
  • Template and checklists for ensuring quality

Part B: Requirements Modeling

  • Modeling business processes and workflows
  • Uncovering business rules through data models
  • Data flow modeling
  • Context modeling

Course Outline

Module 1: Writing Effective Requirements
  • What Is a Requirement?
  • Requirements Quality Continuum
Module 2: Interviewing
  • Overview of Interviewing
  • Interview Process Steps
  • Challenges and Benefits
Module 3: Requirements Workshops
  • Overview of Requirements Workshops
  • Requirements Workshops Process Steps
  • Challenges and Benefits
Module 4: Document Analysis
  • Overview of Document Analysis
  • Document Analysis Process Steps
  • Challenges and Benefits
Module 5: Interface Analysis
  • Overview of Interface Analysis
  • Interface Analysis Process Steps
  • Challenges and Benefits
Module 6: Root Cause Analysis
  • Overview of Root Cause Analysis
  • Root Cause Analysis Techniques
Module 7: Prototyping
  • Overview of Prototyping
  • Prototyping Process Steps
  • Challenges and Benefits
Module 8: Context Modeling
  • Overview of Context Diagrams
  • Components of a Context Diagram
  • Notation Variations
  • Naming Conventions
  • Context Diagramming Approach
Module 9: Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • Overview of Work Breakdown Structures
  • Creating a WBS
Module 10: Use Case Diagram
  • Overview of Use Case Diagrams
  • Components of a Use Case Diagram
Module 11: Use Case Description
  • Overview of Use Case Descriptions
  • Elements of a Use Case Description
  • Approach to Writing Use Case Descriptions
  • Alternate and Exception Flows
  • Use Case Description Format and Template Variations
  • Advanced Use Case Concepts
Module 12: Business Process (Workflow) Modeling
  • Overview of Workflow Models
  • Decomposing a Process
  • Workflow Modeling Notations
Module 13: Activity Diagrams
  • Overview of Activity Diagrams
  • Activity Diagram Notation
  • Activity Diagram Approach

BAI239a Course Code

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