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AGILE FOR BUSINESS ANALYSTS: DRIVING OUT REQUIREMENTS, MANAGING EXPECTATIONS

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COURSE OBJECTIVE

This workshop – the second in our series of compact, one-day Agile Essentials courses – looks at Agile from a business analyst’s perspective. The workshop is delivered in participative style with many short interactive exercises based on real-world situations. Agile evangelists sometimes get bogged down in theory, and tend to over-complicate. In this workshop, the emphasis is very much on what works.

 

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Agile for Business Analysts Background:

Agile software development relies on collaboration, teamwork and active stakeholder participation. Many business and IT professionals slip naturally into effective ways of working in agile teams, others — especially business stakeholders used to a project governance approach based on document sign off, or IT professionals coming from a structured methods background — find the transition less straightforward. In this workshop we offer practical support for business analysts, both those new to the role and those with previous experience, who want to understand the way agile methods will affect their role and accelerate their learning.

 

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Benefits of attending this training course:

This workshop – the second in our series of compact, one-day Agile Essentials courses – looks at Agile from a business analyst’s perspective. The workshop is delivered in participative style with many short interactive exercises based on real-world situations. Agile evangelists sometimes get bogged down in theory, and tend to over-complicate; in this workshop, the emphasis is very much on ‘what works’.

The workshop is relevant to new-to-projects business analysts; to experienced project teams members moving into business analysis from a development or test background; and to experienced business analysts coming from a ‘structured methods’ background, with ISEB, Prince2 or similar training / practical experience.

By the end of this workshop delegates will be able formulate their own answers to the following frequently-asked questions:

  • What type of project is an agile approach suited to?
  • How do I prepare a Business Case for an agile project, where the requirements are not defined ‘up front’?
  • What is the role of a business analyst on an agile project? Does it overlap with developer? test analyst? user?
  • How is requirements gathering different? Do I still need to produce a functional specification?
  • How do we know when we are finished? What about getting ‘sign off’?
  • How can we estimate accurately when requirement are evolving?
  • What are the common issues and risks I will need to deal with?

Topics Covered in Agile for business Analysts:

What is Agile?

  • Evolution of Agile
  • Agile principles
  • Popular current Agile methodologies
  • Waterfall vs. Agile – similarities and differences

Where does Agile work well?

  • Project type, size, criticality
  • Corporate culture and ethos
  • People considerations

The Agile Project Team

  • Typical Agile team structure
  • The role of the Business Analyst
  • User engagement
  • The role of the Product Owner
  • Business Analyst as ‘proxy’ user
  • Potential overlap with the role of the Test Analyst

Requirements gathering

  • Engaging with the customer – building customer involvement
  • Approaches to agile software development
  • Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD)
  • Using the Scrum Product Backlog and Sprint Backlog
  • Prioritisation – MoSCoW vs. forced ranking
  • Documenting requirements
  • User Stories: Epics and Feature
  • Reviews and demonstrations
  • Mini-waterfall vs. ‘true’ Agile (and everywhere in between)
  • The use of Kanban boards and other agile tools

Estimating

  • When, and what, to estimate
  • Estimating techniques

Transitioning to Agile

  • Preparing for change
  • The first agile project
  • Common issues faced by business analysts — and how to overcome them

Who should attend?

  • Team roles on an Agile project
  • Business Analysts
  • Project Managers
  • Programme Managers
  • IT Directors
  • Software Development Managers
  • Software Managers
Instructor Bio

UNICOM trainer specialises in programme and project management, with a strong focus on ‘Agile’. Colin began his career in IT in the Financial Services sector. He then moved into a team leading role at Nuclear Electric (now British Energy), before joining DB Consulting in 2001. He is influential in evolving and extending DB Consulting’s agile practice, but he still very much enjoys a ‘hands on’ role and in the last couple of years he has delivered several agile projects in the retail, financial services and telecommunications industries. An accomplished trainer and an easy-to-listen-to speaker who likes to get to the core of a debate and to focus on the practical issues surrounding agile software development, Colin contributes regularly to conferences and within the wider agile community.

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What is the course Fee?

Please ask us by writing to contact@unicomlearning.com

What is Course timing?

0900 – 1700 

Whom do I contact for more details?

You can reach us on +91- 9538878798 or contact@unicomlearning.com

What Certificate i would be getting?

Certificate of Attendance would be provided by Unicom.

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