Pre-Project Problem Analysis

Pre-Project Problem Analysis

Practical business analysis techniques you can use early in the project lifecyle

13 March 2019 (14-21h)
Location: Parker Hotel (Diegem)
Presented in English by Adrian Reed
Price: 720 EUR (excl. 21% VAT)
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 Learning Objectives

What will you learn here ?

In this practical and hands-on one day course, you will get practical and proven techniques for early business analysis engagement.

After attending this course, delegates will:

  • Understand what pre-project problem analysis is, and its significance in the analysis and project lifecycle
  • Understand the importance of stakeholder identification, categorisation and management
  • Be able to define a problem using a 'problem statement' and understand how successful outcomes can be articulated with Critical Success Factors and Key Performance Indicators
  • Understand what a Business Use Case diagram is and understand its value in articulating scope during pre-project problem analysis
  • Use a 1 page 'Project Concept Summary' template to bring together a potential project idea onto a page

About this course:

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Register now for this workshop and for the practical workshop on systems thinking.

Successful projects need a clear direction and a definitive destination.  This starts with a solid understanding of the business problem or opportunity that exists. A key skill-set to achieving this level of clarity is problem analysis.

This practical, hands-on course focusses on how to carry out problem analysis either before a project has been initiated or during the project’s early stages. The session starts with a broad definition of problem analysis, and then focusses on techniques for understanding the high-level "Why" and "What" of projects. The session continues by focussing on how to define a high-level Project Concept Summary.

Who should attend this course:

The Systems Thinking course is well suited for anyone needing to understand and use practical business analysis techniques to do to analyse tricky problems early in the project lifecycle. It will also be of particular interest to BA teams that are seeking early business engagement, or those that are working with multiple stakeholder groups. Typical delegates include:

This course is well suited for anyone needing to understand how to undertake problem analysis early in the project lifecycle. It will be of particular interest to BA teams that are looking to 'left shift' and seek early engagement. Typical delegates include:

  • Business Analysts
  • Business Systems Analysts
  • Consultants
  • Requirements Managers
  • Requirements Engineers
  • Product Owners

Course Format:

The course is designed to be interactive and engaging. Exercises and group work are introduced to ensure that learning is cemented and the material is made as concrete as possible. The course material is designed to be a useful "aide-mémoire" when you are "in the field".

Each delegate receives a printed copy of the Blackmetric Course Manual which contains a summary of the course.

 Full Programme

  Register for both workshops with Adrian Reed:

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13.30h - 14.00h
Registration, coffee/tea and croissants
Introduction: What is 'Problem Analysis' ?

A brief introduction to the course, and a discussion of why it is important that we analyse the problem before assuming or implementing a solution.

Stakeholders in Problem Analysis

Overview of the importance of stakeholder identification and engagement in problem analysis, including:

  • Identifying Stakeholders: Tips for identifying likely stakeholders, along with suggestions of potential 'generic' stakeholder types that regularly warrant consideration
  • Stakeholder Analysis: Categorisation of stakeholders
The Importance of "Why"

Techniques for understanding the underlying problems and objectives driving a project. Practical discussion of:

  • Problem Statement
  • Critical Success Factors and Key Performance Indicators
  • Balanced Business Scorecard
The "What": Concept Level Requirement Scope

Overview of an approach to define the initial high level requirements scope:

  • Roles & Goals
  • Business Use Case Diagram
Dinner Buffet around 18h00
Generating Solution Options

A discussion of the range of possible solution approaches that are generally available.

Bringing it all Together

Recap of the core course themes and discussion of how a one-page Project Concept Summary can be used to convey information about a potential project idea.

Reflection, Final Q & A
End of this Workshop


Blackmetric Business Solutions

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. Adrian 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 is author of the 2016 book, "Be a Great Problem Solver Now!", and the 2018 book "Business Analyst" due to be released later this year. You can read his blog at Follow him on Twitter @UKAdrianReed.

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