Entry Level Business Analysis - ECBA

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Entry Level Business Analysis - ECBA

Authors: Jamie Champagne, Casey Ayers, Milena Pajic

This skill is based on the IIBA BABOK Guide - version 4 and covers all IIBA ECBA certification objectives. This skill will also qualify you for the ECBA certification by... Read more

This skill covers BA Knowledge Areas including:

  • Business analysis planning and monitoring
  • Elicitation and collaboration
  • Requirements life cycle management
  • Strategy analysis
  • Requirements analysis and design definition
  • Solution evaluation

Pre-requisites

ECBA Certification Requirement - complete a minimum of 21 hours of Professional Development within the last 4 years.

Beginner

In this beginner section, we introduce the BABOK Guide and define business analysis key terms.

Introduction to the Entry Certificate in Business Analysis (ECBA™) Certification

by Jamie Champagne

Jun 28, 2019 / 1h 20m

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Description

How would you like to either start a new career or take your current one in a different direction? In this course, Introduction to the Entry Certificate in Business Analysis (ECBA™) Certification, you will learn how the Entry Certificate in Business Analysis™ (ECBA™) can give you the advanced qualification to take your career to the next level. First, you will learn the worth of this valuable certification and the international standards that define the practice and profession of business analysis today. Next, you will walk through how to easily approach the ECBA™ application and get your application approved. Finally, you will discover how to best prepare to successfully pass the ECBA™ examination. When you are finished with this course, you will not only be prepared to begin your ECBA™ certification journey, but you will also have a great foundation of practical business analysis concepts to support your professional career.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. ECBA™ Certification Learning Path Overview
  3. Introduction to IIBA® and the ECBA™ Certification Process
  4. ECBA™ Certification Application Process
  5. Preparing to Take Your ECBA™ Examination

Introduction to the BABOK® Guide and Business Analysis Key Terms

by Jamie Champagne

Jan 2, 2019 / 55m

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In order to be successful at your business analysis work and to pass any of the business analysis certification examinations, you need to have a solid foundation of business analysis key concepts. In this course, Introduction to the BABOK® Guide and Business Analysis Key Terms, you will learn foundational knowledge required to both deliver successful solutions as well as pass professional business analysis certification examinations. First, you will learn how to use the BABOK® guide as a key resource. Next, you will discover the key concepts, vocabulary, and stakeholders business analysts need to be comfortable working with. Finally, you will explore how to understand requirements and designs and their classifications required for delivering successful solutions. When you are finished with this course, you will have the skills and knowledge of articulating your business analysis work needed to deliver successful solutions as well as prepare you for passing business analysis certification examinations.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Learning to Use the BABOK® Guide
  3. Utilizing the Business Analysis Core Concept Model™ (BACCM™)
  4. Understanding Business Analysis Key Terms and Stakeholders
  5. Utilizing the Business Analysis Requirements and Design Definition and Schema for Effective Requirements Understanding

Intermediate

In this intermediate section, we cover the skills and competencies of a business analyst, including planning for success, working with stakeholders, managing requirements, coordinating changes, and assessing and improving solutions.

Business Analysis: Planning and Ensuring Success

by Jamie Champagne

Mar 5, 2019 / 1h 41m

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To ensure your business analysis efforts deliver value, professionals today must analyze and plan their own approaches to be successful on both their change efforts and preparing for business analysis certifications. In this course, Business Analysis: Planning and Ensuring Success, you will learn the tasks in the business analysis planning and monitoring knowledge area that are key inputs for your business analysis efforts as well as a critical aspect to understand when preparing for business analysis certifications. First, you will be introduced to the planning and monitoring knowledge area, beginning first with planning your business analysis approach. Next, you will discover the elements to analyzing your stakeholders to prepare for successful collaboration and communication activities required for change efforts. Then, you will walk through the considerations for governance and information management activities to enable the successful completion of business analysis tasks. Finally, you will understand how to measure and improve your own business analysis work for continued value add. When you are finished with this course, you will have the skills and knowledge of how to plan and improve your business analysis work to deliver successful solutions, as well as prepare you for a critical component of passing business analysis certification examinations.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Introducing the BA Planning and Monitoring Knowledge Area
  3. Planning Your Business Analysis Stakeholder Engagement
  4. Planning Your Business Analysis Governance
  5. Planning Your Business Analysis Information Management
  6. Identifying Business Analysis Performance Improvements

Business Analysis: Working with Stakeholders Using Elicitation and Collaboration

by Casey Ayers

May 22, 2019 / 2h 4m

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At the heart of business analysis is collecting and analyzing information, but retrieving the needed information takes certain valuable skills. While some of this information will take the form of data sources and documents, in most cases, input elicited from stakeholders is the most important and valuable information source of all. In this course, Business Analysis: Working with Stakeholders Using Elicitation and Collaboration, you will learn how to obtain information to define needs and solutions as a business analyst while coordinating with a variety of stakeholders. First, you will go over the techniques at your disposal that will empower you to work effectively with stakeholders. Next, you will discover how to capture relevant information. Finally, you will explore how to analyze information. When you’re finished with this course, you will have the skills to collect and analyze information elicited from stakeholders to form consensus for organizational growth and development.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Preparing for Elicitation Efforts
  3. Eliciting Information from Stakeholders
  4. Confirming Elicitation Results
  5. Communicating Business Analysis Information to Stakeholders
  6. Managing Stakeholder Collaboration in Change Efforts

Business Analysis: Managing Requirements

by Milena Pajic

May 16, 2019 / 1h 57m

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This course explains the Requirements Life Cycle Management knowledge area and its main purpose - to ensure that business, stakeholder, solution requirements, and designs are aligned to one another and that the solution implements them. In this course, Business Analysis: Managing Requirements, you will gain the ability to skillfully manage requirements and designs from their inception to retirement. First, you will learn which tasks will be fulfilled as a part of the whole process. Next, you will discover the applicable techniques, tools, and guidelines for an implementation. Finally, you will explore how they appear in real-life scenarios through an example product development company. When you are finished with this course, you will have the skills and knowledge of requirements life cycle management needed to round your business analysis know-how.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Outlining the Role of Requirements Life Cycle Management
  3. Tracing Requirements
  4. Maintaining Requirements
  5. Prioritizing Requirements
  6. Assessing Requirements Changes
  7. Approving Requirements
  8. Wrapping Up

Business Analysis: Defining Change Strategies

by Milena Pajic

Jun 12, 2019 / 1h 40m

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This course explains thoroughly the strategy analysis knowledge area and its main purpose, defining the most effective way to employ the capabilities of an organization in order to achieve a set of goals and objectives. In this course, Business Analysis: Defining Change Strategies, you will gain the ability to analyze current state, define future state, perform risk assessment, and define change strategy. First, you will learn that strategies can exist for an entire organization, for a division, department or region, and for a product, project, or just an iteration. Next, you will discover what it takes for defining change strategies to begin, how the inputs translate to outputs for each of the tasks, and when the strategy is considered established. Finally, you will explore how to understand the business analysis work that is conducted in close collaboration with stakeholders because they need to make a decision whether to address the need for change or not. When you are finished with this course, you will have the skills and knowledge of defining change strategies needed to round your business analysis know-how.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Summarizing the Role and Value of Strategy Analysis Tasks
  3. Applying the Analyze Current State Task to BA Work
  4. Applying the Define Future State Task to BA Work
  5. Applying the Assess Risks Task to BA Work
  6. Applying the Define Change Strategy Task to BA Work
  7. Wrapping Up

Business Analysis: Capturing and Designing Requirements

by Milena Pajic

Mar 7, 2019 / 2h 7m

2h 7m

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In this course, Business Analysis: Capture and Designing Requirements, you’ll dive deep into the specificities of BABOK® Guide - Requirements Analysis and Design Definition. First, you’ll learn the tasks that business analysts perform. Next, you’ll explore structuring and organizing requirements. Finally, you’ll discover how to begin specifying and modeling those requirements. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge necessary to round the process consisting of iterative activities, from the basic concepts, business needs analysis, to their transformation into a specific recommended solution.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Capturing and Designing Requirements
  3. Specifying and Modeling Requirements
  4. Verifying Requirements
  5. Validating Requirements
  6. Defining Requirements Architecture
  7. Defining Solution Options
  8. Analyzing Potential Value and Recommending Solution
  9. Wrapping Up

Business Analysis: Assessing and Improving Solutions

by Casey Ayers

Jun 15, 2019 / 1h 59m

1h 59m

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Business analysis is only worthwhile if we are successful in actually achieving goals and are consistently working toward a desired future state. In this course, Business Analysis: Assessing and Improving Solutions, you'll learn how to verify that your change initiatives deliver value to your organization. First, you'll learn how to choose and calibrate assessment criteria to ensure your solution is meeting performance standards. Then, you'll discover how limitations inherent to the solution or, more broadly, found in the enterprise could hold back your solutions from their full potential. Finally, you'll explore how to recommend actions to increase solution performance, surmounting challenges and striving for continuous improvement to ensure your efforts drive the most possible value to the organization. When you're finished with this course, you'll be able to assess how successful your business analysis efforts have been, and be equipped to identify opportunities to continuously improve on solutions moving into the future.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Measuring Solution Performance
  3. Analyzing Performance Measures
  4. Assessing Solution Limitations
  5. Assessing Enterprise Limitations
  6. Increasing Solution Value

Business Analysis: The Skills and Competencies of Effective Business Analysts

by Casey Ayers

Jul 16, 2019 / 2h 10m

2h 10m

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Business analysts fill one of the most unique and complex roles within organizations. In this course, Business Analysis: The Skills and Competencies of Effective Business Analysts, you'll attain foundational knowledge of a broad array of skills and competencies required to succeed in this role. First, you'll learn what analytical, creative, and problem solving skills will serve you well as a business analyst. Next, you'll gain a clearer understanding of what behavioral traits effective business analysts exhibit when working with stakeholders. Finally, you'll discover how to assess and develop the business knowledge, communication skills, leadership and teamwork skills, and technical proficiencies best suited to this role. When you’re finished with this course, you'll have a wealth of knowledge to empower you to master the business analysis profession.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Analytical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills of Effective Business Analysts
  3. Behavioral Traits of Effective Business Analysts
  4. The Value of Business Knowledge to Effective Business Analysts
  5. Communication Skills of Effective Business Analysts
  6. Leadership and Teamwork Skills of Effective Business Analysts
  7. The Technical Skills of Effective Business Analysts

Advanced

In this advanced section, we cover how to fully apply your BA skills in your organization.

Applying Business Analysis Skills in Your Organization

by Casey Ayers

May 16, 2019 / 3h 29m

3h 29m

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Successful organizations are always in a process of reinvention, changing and improving in order to better achieve their goals. Doing so requires an understanding of present conditions and the design and definition of future objectives: what we commonly refer to as business analysis. In this course, Applying Business Analysis Skills in Your Organization, you’ll explore how to effectively conduct business analysis within a variety of settings. First, you will learn business analysis within Agile teams. Next, you will discover business analysis within IT environments. Finally, you will explore how to take on challenges from business intelligence, business architecture, or business process management points of view. When you’re finished with this course, you will have the skills and knowledge of business analysis needed to help your teams achieve their goals effectively and efficiently.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Business Analysis in Organizations
  3. Business Analysis from the Agile Perspective
  4. Business Analysis from the Business Intelligence Perspective
  5. Business Analysis from the IT Perspective
  6. Business Analysis from the Business Architecture Perspective
  7. Business Analysis from the Business Process Management Perspective

The Business Analysis Techniques Toolkit

by Casey Ayers

Aug 26, 2019 / 2h 45m

2h 45m

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Business analysts must exhibit a variety of underlying competencies in order to succeed in their roles. In this course, The Business Analysis Techniques Toolkit, you’ll learn how to apply a wide variety of techniques to accomplish your objectives as a business analyst. First, you’ll learn what skills enable analysts to harness strategic thinking in business analysis scenarios. Next, you’ll discover the skills leveraged to elicit information from resources and stakeholders, and how to use modeling methods to analyze and communicate your findings and recommendations. After that, you'll learn how analytical analysis techniques can be used to build the business case for change to take place. Finally, you’ll explore how to manage change initiatives and review their results to ensure that they empower the organization to reach its goals. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have an understanding of the skills needed to succeed as a business analyst, and which techniques will allow you to surmount challenges at every step of the analysis life cycle.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Strategic Thinking Concepts
  3. Elicitation Efforts
  4. Modeling Solutions
  5. Analytical Analysis
  6. Managing Change Initiatives
  7. Reviewing Change Initiatives