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Strategic Business Analysis: Your Practical BA Toolkit

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An interactive, practical, online course covering tools and techniques for understanding the *real* need/underlying problem.

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This workshop is run in collaboration with the IIBA Hawaii Chapter. It runs from 9am - 1pm Hawaii Standard Time (HST). You are welcome to join wherever you are in the world!

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Too often, projects or change initiatives set off with a very specific solution in mind. Perhaps an executive has fallen in love with a particular software package and can’t wait to see it implemented. Yet if we don’t have a clear understanding of the underlying problem and strategic context in which we’re operating, there’s a real danger that we’ll deliver exactly what is asked of us… only to find it doesn’t achieve the organisation’s goals.

This is an area where strategic business analysis can help. In this practical, hands-on session you will hear about a range of strategic BA techniques that have application throughout the business change lifecycle. Whether you are working in an agile, waterfall or hybrid environment, these tools will be useful. During this session you will learn:

  • Practical techniques for understanding the ‘real’ problem/root cause
  • An approach for understanding the outcome that organisations are aiming to achieve
  • A technique for understanding the external business environment
  • Tips for understanding stakeholder perspectives on change
  • You will take away a practical, applicable toolkit that you can use on your own projects.

Course Outline

1. Context:

Understand how to assess the complexity of a problematical situation and how this affects the BA approach:

  • A brief overview of the Stacey Matrix (as applicable in a business analysis context)

2. Stakeholders and Perspectives:

Understand how to analyse the stakeholder landscape using:

  • Impact/Interest Grid
  • Stakeholder Rainbow
  • Political Matrix
  • Critical Systems Heuristics (adapted for business analysis use)

3. Understanding the Problem and the Need:

Understand how to analyse the real need and root cause using:

  • Rich Picture
  • 5 Whys & Why Else
  • Multiple Cause Diagram
  • STEEPLE
  • Problem Statement

4. Understand the Outcome:

Express the outcomes desired by an organisation using:

  • Benefits Dependency Network

Course Format

The course is interactive, conversational with exercises and brainstorms built in. It is fast paced, so that a wide range of techniques can be covered in four hours. Some techniques will be covered in more detail than others, the aim being to give attendees just enough to start using the technique themselves.

Material Included

A consolidated PDF version of the slides is available to attendees at no additional cost.

Who Should Attend?

This course will be of interest to Business Analysts, Product Owners/Managers, Consultants and anyone involved in organisational, project, product or business change.

The Course Facilitator

This course is facilitated by Adrian Reed.

Adrian Reed is a true advocate of the analysis profession. In his day job, he acts as Principal Consultant and Director at Blackmetric Business Solutions where he provides business analysis consultancy and training solutions to a range of clients in varying industries. He is a Past President of the UK chapter of the IIBA® and he speaks internationally on topics relating to business analysis and business change. Adrian wrote the 2016 book ‘Be a Great Problem Solver… Now’ and the 2018 book ‘Business Analyst’

You can read Adrian’s blog at www.adrianreed.co.uk and connect with him on LinkedIN at www.linkedin.com/in/adrianreed

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