PMI-PBA® Business Analyst Training Course
Drive the Right Business Outcomes
This 4-day course provides all the tools you'll need to earn your PMI-PBA® business analyst certification. It also provides you with the 35 educational contact hours required to sit for the exam. We incorporate hands-on activities throughout the training course to break up the day and ensure you're retaining concepts, leaving you with the insights to pass the exam with flying colors.
No public courses are currently scheduled, but we can deliver this course onsite at your location. Contact us for a quote.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
In this lesson, students will identify a business problem or opportunity and evaluate various inputs to develop an effective solution.
- Define or review a business problem or opportunity using problem and opportunity analysis techniques in order to develop a solution scope statement and/or to provide input to create a business case.
- Collect and analyze information from a variety of sources using valuation tools and techniques to contribute to determining the value proposition of the initiative.
- Collaborate in the development of project goals and objectives by providing clarification of business needs and solution scope in order to align the product with the organization’s goals and objectives.
- Identify stakeholders by reviewing goals, objectives, and requirements in order that the appropriate parties are represented, informed and involved.
- Determine stakeholder values regarding the product, using elicitation techniques in order to provide a baseline for prioritizing requirements.
Students will explore the preparation required to manage business analysis activities of a project. This includes establishing tools, policies, and procedures for the requirements management plan, requirements traceability, and more.
- Review the business case, and the project goals and objectives, in order to provide context for business analysis activities.
- Define strategy for requirements traceability using traceability tools and techniques in order to establish the level of traceability necessary to monitor and validate the requirements.
- Develop requirements management plan by identifying stakeholders, roles and responsibilities, communication protocols, and methods for eliciting, analyzing, documenting, managing, and approving requirements in order to establish a roadmap for delivering the expected solution.
- Select methods for requirements change control by identifying channels for communicating requests and processes for managing changes in order to establish standard protocols for incorporation into the change management plan.
- Select methods for document control by using documentation management tools and techniques in order to establish a standard for requirements traceability and versioning.
- Define business metrics and acceptance criteria by collaborating with stakeholders for use in evaluating when the solution meets the requirements
This lesson centers on requirements management activities. Tasks include the elicitation, analysis, decomposition, acceptance, approval, specification, and validation of the requirements for a product or project.
- Elicit or identify requirements, using individual and group elicitation techniques in order to discover and capture requirements with supporting details (e.g., origin and rationale).
- Analyze, decompose, and elaborate requirements using techniques such as dependency analysis, interface analysis, and data and process modeling in order to collaboratively uncover and clarify product options and capabilities.
- Evaluate product options and capabilities by using decision-making and valuation techniques in order to determine which requirements are accepted, deferred, or rejected.
- Allocate accepted or deferred requirements by balancing scope schedule, budget, and resource constraints with the value proposition using prioritization, dependency analysis, and decision-making tools and techniques in order to create a requirements baseline.
- Obtain sign-off on requirements baseline using decision-making techniques in order to facilitate stakeholder consensus and achieve stakeholder approval.
- Write requirements specifications using process (such as use cases, user stories), data, and interface details in order to communicate requirements that are measurable and actionable (that is, suitable for development).
- Validate requirements using tools and techniques such as documentation review, prototypes, demos, and other validation methods in order to ensure requirements are complete, accurate and aligned with goals, objectives, and value proposition.
- Elaborate and specify detailed metrics and acceptance criteria using measurement tools and techniques for use in evaluating whether the solution meets requirements.
The Traceability and Monitoring domain is all about managing the life cycle of requirements. The tasks comprise the continuous monitoring and documenting of requirements and the communication of the requirements status to stakeholders.
- Track requirements using a traceability artifact or tools, capturing the requirements’ status, sources and relationships (including dependencies), in order to provide evidence that the requirements are delivered as stated.
- Monitor requirements throughout their lifecycles using a traceability artifact or tool in order to ensure the appropriate supporting requirements artifacts (such as models, documentation, and test cases) are produced, reviewed and approved at each point in the lifecycle.
- Update a requirement’s status as it moves through its lifecycle states by communicating with appropriate stakeholders and recording changes in the traceability artifact or tool in order to track requirements towards closure.
- Communicate requirements status to project manager and other stakeholders using communication methods in order to keep them informed of requirements issues, conflicts, changes, risks, and overall status.
- Manage changes to requirements by assessing impacts, dependencies, and risks in accordance with the change control plan, and comparing to the requirements baseline in order to maintain the integrity of the requirements and associated artifacts.
In this lesson, students will learn how to assess a solution's ability to fulfill the requirements and meet the business need.
- Validate the solution’s test results, reports, and other test evidence against the requirements acceptance criteria in order to determine whether the solution satisfies the requirements.
- Analyze and communicate the solution’s identified gaps and deltas using quality assurance tools and methods in order to enable stakeholders to resolve discrepancies between solution scope, requirements, and developed solution.
- Obtain stakeholder sign-off on the developed solution using decision-making techniques in order to proceed with deployment.
- Evaluate the deployed solution using valuation techniques in order to determine how well the solution meets the business case and value proposition.
How We Teach
People learn differently, so we use a variety of methods to teach concepts throughout the course. In addition to exam preparation and practice quizzes, you'll engage in round-table discussions, group exercises, and games designed to give practical context to the concepts. We take this approach not only because it's more interesting and fun than simply memorizing vocabulary, but because it works.
All of our trainers are full-time Beyond20 staff
No temporary workers or subcontractors here. Our trainers are working consultants who implement best practice processes and tools when they're not in the classroom. You might say we practice what we preach. It's a great system, when you think about it - we're better consultants because we know these concepts inside and out, and we're better trainers because we get to put the theory into practice in the real world.
We don't just teach to the exam (though we certainly do that), we also give you practical and personalized tools you can take back to work.
We're a Registered Education Provider with PMI, so if you're PMP Certified, the course will earn you PDUs!
Industry-Leading Course Materials
All of our courseware is reviewed multiple times a year to ensure it's up to date, in line with best practice standards, and effective! We incorporate feedback from students to constantly improve our course books, in-class activities, and (sorry) homework. The goal is to provide you with the tools to not only get you through class and pass the exam, but also to have a reliable reference when you get back to the office.
All of our instructors are experienced practitioners with real world ITIL implementation expertise. (Real experience, too. Like, former-CIO-level experience.)
We're a US-based organization with offices in DC, Phoenix, and San Diego.