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This class was extremely relevant. I've learned how to ask the right questions and expect to have better meetings with the business when I return to my job. -Geralyn Mendoza, Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
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Business Analysis Fundamentals

$1,895.00 Sale Price: $1,250.00

April 22, 2013 to May 1, 2013

Virtual Online
Type: Public
Status: Open
Length and Learning Modes: In-person classes – 3 days / Virtual (Live online) and Anytime Learning – 6 sessions

Whether you are new to business analysis, or are experienced and want a more formal approach, it’s essential to know and practice the “fundamentals.”  This course provides participants with the skills needed to help business clients articulate their needs and wants, to document those wants and needs clearly, concisely, and completely, and to learn a repeatable process for verifying that those requirements are included in the final solution. By grasping these core Business Analyst (BA) skills, BAs can contribute significantly to successful projects and the products they create.

Through the use of a realistic case study, participants will discover (elicit) and then practice writing “good” requirements.  Attendees will also learn a simple process for validating and verifying requirements to ensure they are well-documented. The course also provides techniques on how to optimize stakeholder communication, how to create a “requirements package” for maximum communication value, and how to construct a traceability matrix for the optimal management of requirements.

For analyzing requirements, this course introduces people to the concept of “concurrent modeling,” using four standard types of models that provide the most benefits.  A key skill taught is how to best read models concurrently for a complete requirements “package.”  After models are presented, class participants find inconsistencies, interview the sponsor, and document and trace new requirements that are discovered.  These models are: Business Process, Use Case, Data, and Interface Modeling.  Note: Specifics of how to construct each type of model are contained in separate courses.


All times for Virtual Classes are listed in Central Time/USA.

  • Session 1:
       Start: April 22nd 2013 9:00 AM
       End:  April 22nd 2013 12:30 PM
  • Session 2:
       Start: April 23rd 2013 9:00 AM
       End:  April 23rd 2013 12:30 PM
  • Session 3:
       Start: April 24th 2013 9:00 AM
       End:  April 24th 2013 12:30 PM
  • Session 4:
       Start: April 29th 2013 9:00 AM
       End:  April 29th 2013 12:30 PM
  • Session 5:
       Start: April 30th 2013 9:00 AM
       End:  April 30th 2013 12:30 PM
  • Session 6:
       Start: May 1st 2013 9:00 AM
       End:  May 1st 2013 12:30 PM

Participants should have worked at least one project or have taken our course Getting Started in Business Analysis.

Skill Level: Basic

People that have project experience working with a variety of roles (BA, QA, PM, sponsors) but have not had formal BA training. New business analysts (transferred from the business, or from a different IT job) and have had some formal BA training will also benefit. Experienced BAs and project managers who want a more formal and industry-standard business analysis approach will gain new skills and methods from this course.


Early Bird Price: $1,125.00
Early Bird Date: Feb 21st 2013
Development Units:
PDUs: 21
CDUs: 21
CEUs: 2.1
Certificate Programs:
  • Associate Certificate in Business Analysis
  • Masters Certificate in Business Analysis
  • Masters Certificate in Project Management

To help assimilate the tools and techniques learned, there is a mixture of individual and team exercises throughout the course. A lively role play and case study help reinforce concepts learned. Students will need to be prepared for a high level of participation. Each participant will receive a comprehensive student guide complete with examples, terms, and checklists.


Both our Traditional and Virtual classes use the same materials.

  • Comprehensive study guide with PowerPoint slides and detailed notes to serve as both an in-class guide and on-the-job reference.
  • Example case study running throughout the course.
  • A second workshop case study designed to give practice in applying business case skills.
  • Workshop solutions that serve as an example business case.
  • Comprehensive business case template to use on the job to jump-start your real-life business cases.
  • Class discussions and exercises to reinforce the information presented.

Watermark Learning constantly improves its course offerings to ensure the best training possible and to keep you abreast of the latest industry trends. As a result, this outline is subject to change.

Additional Notes

Early Bird Pricing applies to registrations that are paid for by the Early Bird Date. Cannot be combined with any other offer or discount unless Early Bird pricing results in a higher discount. In that case Early Bird pricing will override any lower discount offer.


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