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George Mason University, Volgenau School of Engineering

TAIT 0136: Business Analyst

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Business Analyst

This course provides knowledge of tools and techniques for use in business analysis work. The business analysis skill set includes critical thinking skills, elicitation techniques and requirements analysis and management. Also important are communication and relationship building skills, whether they are in person or virtual environments. Expertise with analysis tools and techniques is essential in today's environment comprising of dispersed teams, complex business processes, time-driven business initiatives, new software development practices, and poorly integrated legacy applications. The need for strong business analysis skills is necessary for an organization to remain competitive in any economy. Through education and practice business/technical professionals will develop and enhance their analytical skills and provide significant value to projects and the business enterprise

Audience and Prerequisites

This course is designed for business and IT professionals who want to make informed decisions about the needs of the organization and document them as business and project requirements.

Course Outline Detail

Topic 1: Introduction to Business Analysis

  • What is Business Analysis?
  • What is a Process?
  • System Engineering Models
  • System Engineering Life Cycles
  • What SDLC and how is it related to SE?
  • Required Knowledge/Skills
  • Required Tools
  • What does Business Analysis involve

Topic 2: Audience of Business Analyst

  • Understanding how to communicate effectively
  • Understanding the need to possess an in-depth knowledge of project stakeholders.
  • Understanding how to balance the stake holder needs
  • Working with Dispersed Team

Topic 3: Project Details

  • Why has the organization decided to Fund this Project
  • Business Case development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Project Initiation

Topic 4: Business Environment

  • Knowing your business environment
  • Prioritizing requests
  • Understanding the business process

Topic 5: Technical Environment

  • Technology Exposure Needs
  • Data Management
  • Standard Query Language (SQL)
  • Software Testing
  • Working with IT

Topic 6: Analysis Techniques

  • Types of Requirement
  • Core Components of Requirement
  • Qualities of good requirements
  • Requirement Documentation
  • Analysis Techniques and Presentation Formats
  • Packaging Requirements
  • Requirement Elicitation process
  • Functional Analysis and Allocation
  • N2 Diagram

Topic 7: Analysis Techniques, tools, Approaches

  • Object Oriented Analysis
  • Unified Modeling Language
  • Use Case
  • Entity Relationship

Topic 8: Skill Development

  • Communication Skills
  • The Process of Thinking
  • Time Management

Topic 9: Agile

  • Background and Current Practice
  • The Agile Manifesto
  • The Scrum Team
  • Agile Requirements



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September 8, 2018 - October 6, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Schedule Details

Location: Arlington
Section: A01



4.0 CEUs
40 Hours
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  George Mason University
The Volgenau School of IT&E
  4400 University Drive, MS 4A3
  Fairfax, VA 22030

Telephone: 703-993-1551
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