8-Week Course
8 Continuing Education Units
8 PDUs
80 Military Clock Hours

About the Course

The Mastering Business Analysis course builds on critical concepts learned in the first course, Essentials of Business Analysis. Designed to strengthen existing skills and expand your knowledge, the course explores advanced topics in quality management, testing, verification and validation.

As a student, you’ll explore the competencies a business analyst needs to create value for their organizations, including:

  • Effective requirement elicitation
  • Business case use
  • Stakeholder management
  • Modeling
  • Facilitation and negotiation
  • Teamwork
  • Problem solving

Prerequisites for this course:

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8 Week Course
Week 1
Strategic Business Analysis
  • Illustrate how to quantify a problem’s boundaries by assembling problem objectives
  • Drive the direction and propel the value of a project by using objectives
  • Develop strategies based on SWOT analysis
  • Wield cost-benefit and feasibility analysis tools to forge a business case
  • Determine how to use projects as a strategic tool to build innovations
Week 2
Facilitation to Induce Creativity
  • Determine how to lead in capitalizing and leveraging complexities into creative solutions for businesses
  • Explore techniques and models to nurture movement from a business need to a creative solution
  • Identify how to foster creativity by working with groups
  • Define divergent and convergent thinking perspectives
  • Investigate the elements of a creative team
Week 3
The Role of the BA in Quality and Requirements Management
  • Correlate the interdependence of quality and requirements
  • Inspect the functions of the CMMI model
  • Construct structured documentation to support strategic, value-added decision making
  • Trace the mission of a business analyst in evaluating solution proposals
  • Illustrate how a business analyst can build an organization’s vision to use change advantageously
Week 4
The Role of the BA in Quality and Requirements Management, continued
  • Master the types, tools and transition steps business analysts utilize
  • Define the amount of time spent on a project by using timeboxing techniques
  • Explore how to use a traceability matrix to manage change
Week 5
Six Sigma and Lean for the Business Analyst
  • Identify techniques used in the battle to address inefficiencies
  • Trace waste as a barrier to improve performance and reduce costs
  • Critique error proofing as a technique to build a waste-free value stream
  • Explore why changeover and reduction is a piece of Lean and Six Sigma transitional activities
Week 6
Six Sigma and Lean for the Business Analyst, continued
  • Examine the tools used to reengineer improvements
  • Conduct histogram analysis
  • Employ brainstorming techniques to create action plans
  • Differentiate between Lean and Six Sigma
Week 7
Testing Concepts for the Business Analyst
  • Identify rationale to use a black box test tool
  • Determine the best type of Oracle options for particular tests
  • Identify test design techniques to reveal vulnerabilities
Week 8
Testing Concepts for the Business Analyst, continued
  • Probe the process of developing a test plan to anticipate problems
  • Investigate parameters to consider when choosing a template
  • Explore how to assess milestones and risks for a project
  • Examine how to develop release criteria
Learning Objectives
Skills Learned
Project Management Analytics Innovation Team Management Process Improvement Six Sigma Cost-Benefit and Feasibility Analysis SWOT Analysis
What You’ll Study
  • How to Use the Main Tools and Techniques Used by Business Analysts
  • The Different Areas of Focus in Business Analysis, Such as Agile, Business Intelligence, IT, Business Architecture and Business Process Management
  • Use Assessment Techniques Such as SWOT Analysis, Benchmarking, Concept Modelling, Decision Analysis, Focus Groups, Estimation and Interviews
  • Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving Skills to Evaluate the Different Range of Solutions to a Given Problem
  • Concepts and Techniques for Requirement Elicitation
  • Strategy Analysis
  • Best Practices Needed to Succeed as a Business Analyst and the Use of Business Cases
  • Key Trends in the Business Analysis Field
  • Determining Which Certification is Best for Your Career Path, CCBA or CBAP
Related Certificate Programs

Certificate in Business Analysis

20+ Weeks
3 Courses

Develop analytical and problem-solving skills while preparing for industry-recognized Business Analysis certification.

Certification Prep

Who Should Register?

Managers and professionals who have taken the Essentials of Business Analysis course and want to continue to strengthen their business analysis skills and enhance the flow of information within their organizations. The course is tailored to students and professionals at any stage of their careers, with either a business or non-business background.

Some common roles associated with business analysis are:

  • Project management
  • Product management
  • Quality assurance
  • Change management
  • Design
  • Training

Certification Exam Preparation

Mastering Business Analysis provides an in-depth look at several topics covered in A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK® Guide) 3.0 and includes test preparation questions to help prepare you for the Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) and Certification of Competency in Business Analysis (CCBA®) certification exams from the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA).

Tuition & Payment

Total Course Cost


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