Strategic Business Analysis: Your Practical BA Toolkit

Strategic Business Analysis: Your Practical BA Toolkit


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

8 February 2021 (14h30-18h30 CET)
Location: Live Online Event (@YOUR DIGITAL WORKPLACE)
Presented in English by Adrian Reed
Price: 193 EUR (excl. 21% VAT)
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 Learning Objectives

What will you learn at this online, interactive workshop ?

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 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.

This hands-on, interactive, immersive, live-streamed, online workshop is packed with practical concepts and techniques. Additionally, during the session there is ample opportunity to interact with the presenter and ask your own questions, discuss your problems and real-world examples, and to discover what the techniques that are presented can do for you.

This is a rare opportunity to gain insights and knowledge from a true business analysis advocate without leaving your office, or in these times of lockdown, your home.

See you on Monday February 8th (Brussels/CET Time: 14.30h – 18.30h). The price is Your ITWorks price is £171 instead of £190 + British VAT, invoices are created by Blackmetric Business Solutions. IT Works customers get 10% discount by using the promotional code "ITWORKS" when they register online.

 Full Programme

14.15h CET
Join us in the waiting room, final technical check
14.30h
Start of this interactive online training
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
18.30h CET
End of this Online Workshop

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.

This hands-on, interactive, immersive, live-streamed, online workshop is packed with practical concepts and techniques. Additionally, during the session there is ample opportunity to interact with the presenter and ask your own questions, discuss your problems and real-world examples, and to discover what the techniques that are presented can do for you.

This is a rare opportunity to gain insights and knowledge from a true business analysis advocate without leaving your office, or in these times of lockdown, your home.

See you on Monday February 8th (Brussels/CET Time: 14.30h – 18.30h). Your ITWorks price is £171 instead of £190 + British VAT, invoices are created by Blackmetric Business Solutions. IT Works customers get 10% discount by using the promotional code "ITWORKS" when they register online.

 Speakers


Blackmetric Business Solutions

Adrian Reed is a true advocate of the business 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. Adrian is Immediate Past President of the UK chapter of the IIBA and he speaks internationally on topics relating to Business Analysis and business change.

Adrian is author of the 2016 book, "Be a Great Problem Solver Now!", and the 2018 book "Business Analyst". You can read Adrian's blog at http://www.adrianreed.co.uk. Follow Adrian on Twitter @UKAdrianReed.

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