Agile for Business Analysts

Agile approaches and methods are growing in popularity with project delivery teams. But where does the business person fit in? Good Agile teams require a combination of technical, testing and business skills and knowledge. The  Agile for Business Analysts course presents practices and tools for BAs, Business Managers, Project Managers, Product Owners, Change Consultants and others working in or moving to Agile projects. While business people will find it is easy to migrate their core analysis skills of critical analysis, change management and communication to Agile projects, adapting to the new work and delivery methods Agile approaches advocate, will feel alien. This course will help those Agile team members from a business background understand where they fit in and the importance of their contribution.

Course Objectives

  • Agile fundamentals – theory and team value delivery rhythms
  • Identify the roles within Agile projects
    • Product Owner
    • Dev Team
    • Coach
  • Participate in Agile teams delivering value
  • Articulate the BA’s responsibilities to both the enterprise and the Agile team
  • Understand the BA’s contribution to the Agile process analysis frameworks
  • Identify BA specific techniques that contribute to the delivery of artefacts that add value to the enterprise initiating Agile projects
  • Appreciate the importance of, and how to contribute to, continuous improvement through retrospectives

This course is offered on regular or as a private course for organisations. It can be customised to your organisation’s needs.


On completion of the course, delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of delivering projects using Agile concepts
  • The important role the business analyst plays on Agile teams
  • Learn key skills that can be applied in an Agile environment
  • Tools and tips for enhancing Agile projects
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of Agile team members


Course Outline

  • Business Analysis, change and common Agile approaches
  • Roles in Agile projects
  • The Agile Discovery and Delivery frameworks
    • See the whole
    • Think as a customer
    • Determine what’s of value
    • Get real with examples
    • Understand what’s doable
    • Stimulate collaboration and continuous improvement
    • Avoid waste


Concepts and Terminology

  • Agile extension
  • Agile Manifesto
  • Agile roles
  • Agile’s 12 principles
  • BABOK®
  • Backlog management
  • Behaviour Driven Development (BDD)
  • Business capability
  • Business value definition
  • Collaborative games
  • Delivery framework
  • Discovery framework
  • Extreme Programming (XP)
  • Feature injection
  • Just In Time (JIT)
  • Kanban
  • Kano
  • Last responsible moment
  • Lean
  • Minimum Marketable Features (MMF)
  • MoSCoW
  • Personas
  • Product backlog
  • Product owner
  • Relative estimation
  • Retrospectives
  • Scrum
  • Sprint backlog
  • Story boarding
  • Story decomposition
  • Story mapping
  • Story points
  • Value stream mapping
  • Velocity

Business Analysts and others working in or about to move into an Agile environment

  • Business managers needing a clear understanding of Agile and its applications
  • Business analysts wanting to improve the way they work in Agile projects
  • Agile teams wanting to apply effective business analysis techniques
  • Anyone interested in business analysis who wishes to build their Agile capabilities
    • Project Managers, Department Managers, Marketing
    • Business Analysts and Software Engineers moving into business or management roles
    • Those researching the Agile opportunity from a business prespective


There are no course prerequisites. This course is useful for those already embedded in Agile projects as well as those about to begin or researching the area. 


Benefits of taking this course

  • Learn globally recognised skills that are in demand right now
  • Learn the most up-to-date methodology
  • Deliver increased efficiency and effectiveness to your team
  • Learn through best practices and real examples
  • Learn with trainers who have proven track records



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