Introduction to Business Analysis & Needs Assessment

Explore the role of business analysts in project and organizational environments, learn what effective business analysis can accomplish, and discover how to effectively identify and assess needs to solve problems and take advantage of opportunities.
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(210)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Dec 22, 2015
Duration
2h 59m
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Description
Course info
Rating
(210)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Dec 22, 2015
Duration
2h 59m
Description

Business analysis is increasingly vital to today's business environment. By identifying problems and opportunities, discovering and recommending solutions, and fostering a comprehensive understanding of stakeholder requirements, business analysts can help organizations choose and structure projects and initiatives more effectively. This course introduces the work of business analysis, explores who undertakes business analyst functions, and the type of skills necessary to conduct business analysis successfully. Then, attention turns to needs assessment, where problems and opportunities are identified, organizational ability to respond is assessed, recommendations for action are developed, feasibility is weighed for various options, best options are selected, and business cases for action are developed.

About the author
About the author

Casey has experience leading projects, analyzing challenges, and designing solutions in many fields, including healthcare, digital media, mobile app development and education. He's always in pursuit of new knowledge and loves to share what he learns along the way with others. To inquire about speaking engagements or consulting opportunities, and to learn more about his other ventures, visit http://CaseyAyers.com

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi everyone. My name is Casey Ayers and welcome to my course, Introduction to Business Analysis and Needs Assessment. I'm the author of Pluralsight series of PMP prep courses, and it's now my pleasure to help you explore the world of business analysis. Business analysis is increasingly vital to today's business environment. By identifying problems and opportunities, discovering and recommending solutions, and helping to foster a comprehensive understanding of stakeholder requirements, business analysts can help organizations choose and structure projects and initiatives more effectively. This course is the first in a five course series on business analysis. In this course we'll look at introducing business analysis at a high level, how to identify problems and opportunities, how to evaluate your organizations current capabilities, and how to define the capabilities you'll need in order to leverage the opportunity or solve the problem that you've identified. By the end of this course you'll know what business analysts are responsible for accomplishing in their organizations, and what's required for them to be effective in their work. Before beginning the course you should have an interest in business analysis and at least a bit of exposure to project management or business analysis within your organization. This course, and others in the series, can help you not only learn more about business analysis, but also prepare for business analysis certifications like the CBAP or PMI-PBA or this course can also be helpful in earning continuing education credit towards certifications like the PMP. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn more about business analysis with the Introduction to Business Analysis and Needs Assessment course at Pluralsight.