Foundations of Business Analysis

Description: This 2 or 3-day Foundations in Business Analysis course is appropriate for organizations that need to train their Business Analysts in the foundations of Business Analysis. This course explores the foundational aspects of Business Analysis including: roles and responsibilities of the Business Analyst, competencies, requirements, scope modeling, elicitation, process modeling, data, interface modeling, interaction modeling, writing requirements, packaging requirements, prioritizing requirements, and requirements traceability. 

Length: 2-3 Days

CDU/PDU: Earn 14-21 CDU/PDU for both IIBA and PMI certification

Perquisites: None

Intended Audience: Anyone that needs to kick-start their Business Analysis program or rapidly train a group of Business Analysts to be work ready.


  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of the Business Analyst

  • Understand the benefits and value of Business Analysis

  • Understand the competencies of a Business Analyst

  • Understand the high-level process of Business Analysis

  • Understand general expectation of the Business Analyst role

  • Understand what requirements are and why they are needed for solutions

  • Understand and practice Business Analysis scope modeling

  • Learn and practice several elicitation techniques

  • Understand the process for elicitation

  • Understand and practice different types of modeling including: process, data, interface and interaction

  • Understand progressive elaboration of requirements and what the right level of detail to model is

  • Practice writing well-formed requirements

  • Understand how to package requirements for review by stakeholders

  • Understand and practice different methods of requirements prioritization (Waterfall, Incremental, Agile)

  • Understand and practice requirements traceability

Course Topics

  • Key business analysis terms, activities and general overview of business analysis

  • Key business analysis activities, deliverables and techniques

  • Benefits of Business Analysis

  • Barriers to Business Analysis

  • BA Competencies

  • Requirements defined and their classifications

  • Methodologies/approaches to business analysis

  • A high-level understanding of requirements, business rules, process, data, interfaces, interactions, scope

  • Understanding the differences of project and product scope

  • The process of solution scoping

  • Breaking down the scope to drive elicitation efforts

  • The process of elicitation

  • Practice elicitation techniques and understand how they support future business analysis efforts

  • Data modeling (Data Matrix, ERD, Class Diagram)

  • Interface modeling (Mockups, Wireframes, Storyboards)

  • Business rules analysis in modeling

  • Levels of detail and abstraction in modeling

  • Process modeling (Process Maps, Swim Lanes)

  • How to package your requirements effectively

  • Understanding your stakeholder preferences in packaging requirements

  • How to write well-formed requirements

  • Developing a requirements check list

  • Creating a traceability matrix

  • Tracing requirements to business goals and objectives, test, design, scope

  • How to manage requirements change



The Uncommon League is an IIBA Endorsed Education Provider.  This course is aligned with the BABOK 3.0.

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Bob Prentiss

Bob Prentiss

Enterprise Solutions Instructor - Bob Prentiss is our fearless leader and innovator. Bob is passionate about helping you think, learn and work differently. Bob is an awesome trainer, speaker, mentor, coach, and author. Collector of all things dragon related and Dr. Who fan. Bob is CBAP certified with 25+ years of experience in corporate America; with a background in managing BA centers of excellence, assessing and managing BA maturity, quality, and competency. Bob is an award winning curriculum developer. Bob has presented numerous keynote, workshops, seminars, conferences, and training sessions across North America. Bob is a founding member and past President of the IIBA MSP Chapter.