Enterprise Analysis for Your Organization (Virtual)

  • 4 3-hr sessions (12 hrs.) Duration
  • 12 CDU/1.2 CEU/12 PDU/Credits/Units
  • BAV115aCourse Code
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Course description

An organization selects and prioritizes projects based on whether they align with and contribute to its strategic goals and objectives. By applying business analysis practices, organizations identify business opportunities, build the framework of their Business Architecture, and determine the enterprise’s optimum investment path for its projects, including implementing new solutions for business and technical systems. Ultimately the organization selects and prioritizes projects that optimize the return on organizational investments.

At the enterprise level, business analysts are often called upon to provide vital support to decision makers who rely on the business analyst's expertise to help evaluate proposed corporate initiatives and projects. This course explores the business analysis practices employed as projects are proposed, approved, implemented, and measured against business objectives.

Throughout the course, practical tasks and techniques are presented to equip the business analyst with the skills and knowledge to identify, understand, and prioritize problems and opportunities; determine the risks and exposures to the business; investigate alternatives and select those that best align with the organization’s goals; develop a business case to help the organization determine if it can justify the investment required to deliver the proposed solution.

This course explores the role of the business analyst and those practices employed to identify and understand business needs, assess capability gaps, determine the solution approach, define the solution scope, and define and develop the business case for an initiative or pending project.

Throughout the course, tasks, elements, and hands-on-experience using techniques are presented to equip the business analyst with the skills, concepts, and knowledge to work in the enterprise area of an organization.

Key characteristics that differentiate this course from others include:

Mapping to the IIBA Body of Knowledge

Corporate Education Group (CEG) is designated by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) as a Charter Endorsed Education Provider. This course supports understanding of the following Knowledge Areas and is 100% compliant with IIBA’s current Business Analysis Book of Knowledge (BABOK):

  • Enterprise Analysis
Experiential Training
  • Two case studies are integrated into the course to allow participants to view demonstrations of work products and techniques and then apply learned skills within a consistent context. Much of the class time is devoted to exercises in which participants can practice the skills being taught.
  • The course is written and delivered by professionals with extensive experience in business analysis.
  • Applied Focus The Participant Guide includes many job aids that are referenced throughout the course and available to the participant after training; these include work product templates and samples, as well as checklists for processes and best practices.

Who should attend

It is recommended that participants attendBA111: Core Competencies for the Business Analyst and BA114: Model and Document Your Project Requirements

The course is intended to serve several audiences and meet a variety of needs. The material in the course is directed at both the novice looking to enter the field and the self-taught veteran looking to fill gaps in his or her skills or knowledge. Individuals who perform business analysis in organizations are known by various titles including business analyst, systems analyst, business/systems analyst, functional analyst, project manager, and tester. Individuals who will benefit from this course include:

  • Business analysts with two or more years of experience and their managers
  • Self-taught business analysts requiring a course that fills in skill gaps
  • Systems analysts and programmers interested in expanding their roles
  • Quality assurance professionals
  • Project managers

What you will achieve

  • Understand the role and responsibilities of the business analyst in the context of the Enterprise Analysis Knowledge Area
  • Define business architecture artifacts and documents including strategic plans, business functions and roles, workflow models, and business rules
  • Describe the process and prepare the components necessary for a feasibility study
  • Describe and develop key components of the business case
  • Identify financial analysis methods
  • Identify, assess, and plan responses to risks associated with recommended solutions by linking risks to strategic goals
  • Use functional decomposition and various modeling techniques to define the scope of a proposed solution
  • Define measures to track project return on investment (ROI) and assess the realization of business objectives

What you will learn

  • Enterprise Analysis challenges and methods to overcome them
  • Key components and critical success factors of Enterprise Analysis deliverables, including:
    • Enterprise and Business Architecture artifacts and documents
    • Feasibility study
    • Business Case
    • Solution Scope
  • Purpose, process steps, challenges, and benefits of Enterprise Analysis techniques:
    • Business goals and objectives
    • Root Cause analysis
    • Current Capability analysis
    • The Zachman Framework
    • Cost-benefit analysis
    • Risk assessment
    • SWOT analysis
    • Assessment and new requirements
    • Alternative Generation
    • Assumptions and Constraints
    • Feasibility Analysis
    • Scope Modeling (context diagrams, use case diagrams
Course Outline
Day One
  • Module 1: The Enterprise Analysis Knowledge Area
    • Overview of the BABOKĀ® Knowledge Areas
    • Overview of the Enterprise Analysis Knowledge Area
  • Module 2: Define Business Need
    • Strategic Planning
    • Defining the Business Need
    • Root-Cause Analysis
  • Module 3: Assess Capability Gaps
    • Assess Capability Gaps Overview
    • Using the Business Architecture in Gap Analysis
    • Enterprise Architecture Development Overview
Day Two
  • Module 4: Determine Solution Approach
    • Determine Solution Approach Overview
    • Alternative Generation
    • Using Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) Analysis to Assess Possible Solutions
    • Feasibility Analysis
  • Module 5: Define Solution Scope
    • Solution Scope Overview
    • Techniques to Help Define Solution Scope
  • Module 6: Define the Business Case
    • The Purpose and Content of a Business Case
    • Comparing Benefits and Costs
    • Financial Analysis of the Business Case
  • Module 7: Analyze Solution Risks
    • Risk Analysis of the Business Case
    • Expected Cost to Deal with Risk