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BCS Foundation in Business Analysis


Why this course?

  • As testers, we may already be familiar with test analysis – reviewing the business requirements to see if they meet our testing needs, to catch bugs early.
  • Of course, we hope that the business needs have already been considered and verified when writing the business requirements.
  • Hope however is not a strategy. As testers we will be better served by more information on the origins of the requirements and the likely intent of potential users.
  • This course aims to provide the information to set you on firm ground when talking to your BAs and the wider community, thus increasing your business knowledge and confidence.

BCS Foundation in Business Analysis 23rd August 2021

Team Rate

Max. discount at 3 + delegates Rate/Person (£)
1 1,095.00
2 1,045.00
3 995.00

This course has been selected for testers because ultimately the software that we test and recommend for release must offer business value.

As testers, the breadth and depth of our efforts can be enhanced by having an insight into how the business operates. While automation continues to play an ever-growing part of software development, human know-how into what makes people happy is hard to emulate.

This course provides an introduction to business analysis, covering areas such as strategy analysis; investigation techniques; requirements engineering and much, much more.

This course is presented to you by one of the expert training consultants from Assist KD, the leading experts in Business Analysis, headed up by Debbie Paul.

Course Content - 3 days

Introduction to business analysis

  • The origins of business analysis
  • The development of business analysis
  • The scope of business analysis
  • The role and responsibilities of the business analyst

The competencies of a business analyst

  • Personal, business and professional competencies
  • Competency development

Business strategy analysis

  • The strategic context
  • Strategy development
  • Strategic analysis techniques
  • SWOT analysis
  • Executing strategy

The Business Analysis Process Model

  • An approach to problem-solving
  • Stages of the business analysis process model
  • Techniques and activities for each stage

Investigation techniques

  • Interviewing and workshops
  • Observation approaches
  • Scenarios and prototyping
  • Quantitative investigation techniques
  • Documenting the current situation

Stakeholder analysis and management

  • Identifying and categorising stakeholders
  • Analysing stakeholders
  • Stakeholder management strategies
  • Stakeholder perspectives
  • Business activity models

Modelling business processes

  • Functional and process views
  • The organisational view of business processes
  • Value propositions
  • As is business process models
  • Business events
  • Improving business processes
  • To be business process models

Defining the solution

  • Gap analysis
  • Introduction to business architecture
  • Business architecture techniques

Making a business and financial case

  • The business case in the project lifecycle
  • Identifying options
  • Assessing feasibility
  • Structure of a business case
  • Investment appraisal techniques

Requirements engineering

  • Requirements engineering and the systems development lifecycle
  • The requirements engineering framework
  • Actors in requirements engineering
  • Requirements elicitation
  • Requirements analysis
  • Documenting requirements
  • Requirements validation
  • Managing requirements

Modelling requirements

  • Modelling system functions
  • Modelling system data

Delivering the requirements

  • Delivering the solution
  • Development lifecycles

Delivering the business solution

  • BA role in the business change lifecycle
  • Design and Implementation
  • The SARAH model
  • Realisation of benefits

Dates & Downloads

Course Start Date
23-08-2021 9:00 am (GMT)
Course End Date
25-08-2021 5:00 pm (GMT)
Individual Price

This date is now fully booked. The ISTQB® Foundation course is a highly sought-after qualification, so we run them twice monthly - next dates below.


Why train with us?

  • The AssistKD trainers work as consultants and are active members of professional bodies such as the BCS and IIBA.
  • They contribute to industry publications and write books that add significantly to the body of knowledge for their profession.
  • AssistKD has stayed true to its original principles of delivering high quality, practical training in business and systems improvement techniques and approaches.
  • This has meant that the portfolio of courses offered are in subjects where AssistKD trainers can draw on their extensive knowledge and experience.