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Activities and Tools Used for Business Analysis

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Business analysts must analyze and synthesize vast amounts of information, so having the ability to use a broad range of tools and techniques is a key requirement. Group activities can enable knowledge sharing, while various other techniques support decision making and business analysis. In this course, you'll learn about a number of business analysis tools, models, and activities as prescribed in A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) – Version 3.0 by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®). This course will assist in preparing the learner for the IIBA®'s Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®) certification exam. IIBA®, the IIBA® logo, BABOK®, and Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® are registered trademarks owned by International Institute of Business Analysis.

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Employees at any level wishing to develop and refine their business analysis skills or who are preparing to write the Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®) certification exam


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Activities and Tools Used for Business Analysis

  • recognize when to best use mind mapping and brainstorming
  • distinguish between focus groups and workshops
  • recognize how to prepare effectively for surveys and questionnaires
  • distinguish between interviewing and observation techniques
  • recognize characteristics of collaborative games and lessons learned
  • recognize how to apply group activities in sharing knowledge
  • match estimation methods to descriptions
  • distinguish between prioritization approaches
  • distinguish between reviews and item tracking in terms of strengths and limitations
  • identify the elements of vendor assessment
  • recognize how to apply techniques to support decision making
  • distinguish between stakeholder lists, maps, and personas
  • recognize the characteristics of backlog management
  • describe the balanced scorecard
  • identify the elements of the roles and permissions matrix
  • recognize the elements of the business model canvas
  • recognize characteristics of functional decomposition
  • recognize how to use business analysis tools
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