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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(118)
Level
Beginner
Updated
December 22, 2015
Duration
2h 58m
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Description
Course info
Rating
(118)
Level
Beginner
Updated
December 22, 2015
Duration
2h 58m
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 in many fields, including healthcare, digital media, mobile app development, consumer product design, education, and event management. He's constantly in pursuit of new challenges and loves to share what he learns along the way with others.

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Transcript

Hi everyone, my name is Casey Ayers and welcome to my course Introduction to Business Analysis & Needs Assessment. I am a project manager and strategic consultant with experience in mobile development, healthcare, consumer product development and more.

I earned my MBA with a concentration in entrepreneurship and marketing at the Crummer School of Business at Rollins College and am a PMP-certified project manager. I’m the author of Pluralsight’s series of PMP prep courses and it’s my pleasure to now explore the world of business analysis with you.

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 is is the first in a five course series on business analysis.

Some of the major topics that we will cover include:

  1. Introducing business analysis at a high level
  2. How to identify problems and opportunities
  3. How to evaluate your organizations current capabilities and determine how well you can address those opportunities you identify, and...
  4. How to define the capabilities you’ll need to have to leverage that opportunity and recommend a plan of action for moving forward

By the end 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 earn continuing education credit toward 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.