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Practical Business Analysis - Part 1 2019 - Real stuff, no faff!

The ultimate course created for the analysts, by the analysts!

Instructed by Pardha Mantravadi

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  • Learn the benefits and value offered by business analysts
  • Look at the origin and evolution of business analysis
  • Understand the guiding principles, fundamental concepts in business analysis
  • Learn the facets and coverage areas of business analysis
  • Define business analyst’s roles and responsibilities
  • Differentiate business analysis from project management
  • Know what business analysis is

The Practical Business Analysis - Part 1 2019! Real stuff, no faff! course is created for the analysts, by the analysts. I created this to cater to experienced and seasoned professionals, as much as to entry-level and mid-level analysts and managers. More importantly I did not lose sight of the young graduates fresh out of colleges and universities mulling over the idea of business analysis as a career option. This course aims to fill the much felt gap in the market for an insightful course that is developed for the analysts, by the analysts! 

The Practical Business Analysis -Part 1 course has six modules and each module has 4-7 lectures. So, its a comprehensive course with a great lineup of 18 lectures. These are put together to offer you the best insights, packaged from my practical experience of working in the industry as a business analyst for over 18 years!

From the Practical Business Analysis - Part1 course, you are sure to get High quality content created and well-presented by well-qualified, experienced and competent professionals. The course is created with top-notch production and technical values and is filled with visually appealing animations and infographics for better engagement. You will get practical and actionable insights and top tips straight from the experience of practising analysts. Though this is largely based on the insights gathered from my experience working as a business analyst, I also covered some important points from the global thought-leaders. These include the IIBA (International Institute of Business Analysis) and BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT, previously known as British Computer Society).

By the end of the course, you will be able to answer the following questions confidently and convincingly:

  1. What is business analysis?

  2. What are the various flavours and aspects of business analysis?

  3. Why is a business analyst required in software projects?

  4. Who is a business analyst?

  5. What does a business analyst do?

  6. When in the product life cycle does a BA get involved?  

  7. Where do we need a business analyst?

  8. What areas in the organisation do the BAs operate in? 

  9. What are the guiding principles and facets for business analysts?   

  10. What are the facets and coverage areas for the business analysts?

  11. What are the references, resources and sources of knowledge and tools for BAs?  

  • Basic understanding of the business context and Information Technology industry
  • Awareness about the main roles and titles in the IT industry
  • Awareness of the business analyst role in the context of business and IT
  • Experienced business analysts, product managers and IT professionals looking for a refresher
  • Early stage business analysts, product managers and business consultants in need of a strong foundation
  • Experienced professionals in IT development, sales, testing etc who are considering to switch their careers
  • Young aspirants and graduates who are exploring business analysis as a career
  • Post graduate students, graduates in engineering, management, sciences, technology, business and economics
  • Professors, lectures, teachers in universities, colleges and academic institutions
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Section 1 : Welcome and Course Overview

  • Lecture 1 :
  • Introduction - About the Course Preview
  • Lecture 2 :
  • Agenda and Course Coverage

Section 2 : What is Business Analysis

  • Lecture 1 :
  • Introduction and Agenda
  • Lecture 2 :
  • IIBA’s Definition of Business Analysis
  • Lecture 3 :
  • BCS’ Definition of Business Analysis
  • Lecture 4 :
  • Practical Business Analysis
  • Lecture 5 :
  • What does a Business Analyst do
  • Lecture 6 :
  • Module-end Assessment
  • Quiz to assess the knowledge learnt in the Module 2 - What is Business Analysis

Section 3 : Rationale for Business Analysis

  • Lecture 1 :
  • Intro and Agenda
  • Lecture 2 :
  • Origin and Evolution of Business Analysis
  • Lecture 3 :
  • Business Analysis as a Career
  • Lecture 4 :
  • Why do we need Business Analyst
  • Lecture 5 :
  • Module-end Assessment
  • Quiz to assess the knowledge learnt in the Module 4 - Identity and role of business analyst

Section 4 : Identity and Role of Business Analyst

  • Lecture 1 :
  • Intro and Agenda
  • Lecture 2 :
  • Module-end Assessment
  • Quiz to assess the knowledge learnt in the Module 5 - Business Analyst’s Contribution
  • Lecture 3 :
  • IIBA’s and BCS’ Definition of Business Analyst
  • Lecture 4 :
  • The Many Titles, Roles & Responsibilities of Business Analyst
  • Lecture 5 :
  • Transformation of the New-Age, Agile Business Analyst

Section 5 : Business Analyst's Contribution

  • Lecture 1 :
  • Where do Business Analysts Fit In?
  • Lecture 2 :
  • When is Business Analyst Required?
  • Lecture 3 :
  • Value-add offered by a Business Analyst
  • Lecture 4 :
  • Module-end Assessment
  • Quiz to assess the knowledge learnt in the Module 5 - Business Analyst’s Contribution
  • Lecture 5 :
  • Intro and Agenda

Section 6 : Mantras for the Business Analysts

  • Lecture 1 :
  • Introduction and Agenda
  • Lecture 2 :
  • Guiding principles in Business Analysis Professionals
  • Lecture 3 :
  • Facets and Coverage Areas in Business Analysis
  • Lecture 4 :
  • Universal References, Resources and Sources for BA
  • Lecture 5 :
  • Module-end Assessment
  • Quiz to assess the knowledge learnt in the Module 6 - Mantras for business analysts

Pardha Mantravadi,

SUMMARY Pardha Mantravadi is an experienced  and well-qualified trainer, coach, mentor, influencer and thought leader on business analysis, product management, digital platforms, agile methods and user experience areas. Above all, he is a practising business analysis professional with over 18 years of experience in the IT industry. He is the founder of Texavi Innovative Solutions and is currently building his dream-project which is a community platform for analyst community called analyst-zone! TRAINING EXPERIENCE Pardha started delivering training sessions in 2006 covering numerous areas such as business analysis, software product development and analysis, UML (Unified Modeling Language), software engineering methods, social businesses, usability and user experience practices. He delivered customized corporate in-house training sessions in organizations such as Accenture, Merrill Lynch, Core projects and Technologies, Steelwedge Software, Rave Technologies, Aptech Limited, Pinnacle Info-solutions etc., to name a few. Pardha also delivered public domain training and conducted workshops in conferences, seminars and events such as Social Media Week in London, IIBA’s conference in Welingker Institute, USID’s Innovation in Software Development conference in Hyderabad to mention a few.  Pardha is an authorized trainer, approved by IIBA to deliver the IIBA’s certification courses (ECBA, Entry Certificate in Business Analysis, CCBA, Certificate of Capability in Business Analysis and CBAP, Certified Business Analysis Professional). Besides these, Pardha is also a BCS approved trainer for delivering training on BCS’ Business Analysis International Diploma certification courses.   PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE In his role as a practising IT Professional, Pardha is senior agile business analyst and product specialist with extensive experience in the business analysis, data analytics, customer experience areas, working on product engineering, platform development projects using agile development methodologies. With over 18 years of work experience, he has rich functional expertise in Financial Services, Publishing and Digital/Online Media domains. Pardha helped large organisations in the UK such as Deutsche Bank, Cambridge University Press, RSC Publishing (Royal Society of Chemistry), King's College London, SHL Group, Ground Control and Northgate Information Solutions PLC, as well as startups like Global Dawn and Texavi Innovative Solutions, to conceptualise, design, develop and deliver their products, applications and platforms successfully. RECENT EXPERIENCE More recently in his role with Deutsche Bank as a Senior Business Functional Analyst in Big Data Analytics, Pardha was working with the LAMBDA (Leading Asset Management in Big Data Analytics) Team in London. His responsibilities and achievements include interactions with senior stakeholders, identifying and specifying business use cases (using Wiki), converting them into user stories (on Jira), creating data models and schemas (using OmniGraffle and Visio), cleansing and processing data using GCP Cloud tools such as DataLab, DataPrep and ML Engine. Recently was also involved in working on PoCs with leading cloud providers like Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google GCP for self-service data science platform and tooling within Deutsche Bank.  KEY FOCUS AREAS AND DELIVERABLES Pardha's key strengths are effective communication, negotiation, team facilitation, customer and stakeholder interactions, product management and user engagement. He has rich experience and expertise in Agile methodologies like Scrum and also in UML(Unified Modeling Language) and RUP(Rational Unified Process) approaches. A few key artifacts that Pardha delivers as part of the projects and initiatives are product vision and roadmap, product backlog, requirement specifications, user stories, use cases,information architecture, data models, and wireframes. He also conducted user research studies and usability testing in the UK, USA, China and India in universities, large corporates, research and academic institutions, Harvard, MIT, UCL to name a few. ACHIEVEMENTS AND RECOGNITIONS Pardha has extensive experience in working with tools such as Microsoft Visio, Omni Graffle, Jira, Wiki, Balsamiq, Rational suite (Rose and Requisite Pro). He is also at ease working with Microsoft Office package for presentations, spreadsheets, and Word documents. An MBA in Systems and Marketing with a B.Sc. in Statistics, Mathematics and Computer Science, Pardha holds International Diploma in Business Analysis from BCS and Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) from IIBA (International Institute of Business Analysis). Also a Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), CSM (Certified Scrum Master) and Certified Usability Analyst (CUA) and Human Computer Interaction (HCI). He is also experienced in conducting collaborative innovation games and is a Certified Collaboration Architect in Agile Product Innovation. Pardha is proud and honoured to have been selected Fellow of British Computer Society (FBCS).
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