Analytical Thinking for the Business Analyst

Procept Associates Ltd.
Training overview
Professional Course
E-learning
2 days
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Course description

Analytical Thinking for the Business Analyst

Analytical thinking is a key underlying competency for a business analyst. Strong analytical skills transform a BA from an “order taker” to a true collaborative partner for all stakeholders. There is more to analytical thinking than just “being smart”; it takes the correct approach.

This 2-day course is designed to formalize and develop the analytical skills of the business analyst. This course is based on the Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK®) version 3.0.

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Who should attend?

The Analytical Thinking for the Business Analyst course is appropriate for individuals who are:

  • Pursuing a career in business analysis
  • Business or information systems managers or staff who are new to business analysis.
  • Experienced business analysts requiring better understanding of the role, or desiring formal recognition through certification.
  • Project staff or managers currently combining the business analyst role with other duties.
  • Business staff or managers who are working in business analyst environments, needing to interact with project managers and business analysts.

Prerequisite

Comprehensive Business Analysis Part 2: Elicitation, Documentation & Analysis

Training content

Analytical Thinking Defined

  • The Meaning of Analytical Thinking
  • Analytical Thinking for the BA
  • Sub-Competencies
  • Creative Thinking
  • Decision Making
  • Learning
  • Problem Solving
  • Systems Thinking
  • Conceptual Thinking
  • Visual Thinking

Methodical Analytical Thinking

  • Analytical Thinking Process
  • Problem
  • Hypothesis
  • Data
  • Analysis
  • Solution

Metrics-Based Analytical Thinking

  • Gather Facts
  • Elicitation Techniques

Metric Types & Quality Attributes

  • Metrics
  • Business Intelligence vs. Analytics
  • Star Schemas
  • Trending
  • Metrics Tree
  • SMART Metrics
  • Performance and Diagnostic Metrics
  • Lasting Relevance

Metrics Program

  • Disciplines and Methodologies
  • Goals, Questions, and Metrics (QGM)
  • Creating GQM Metrics
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPI)
  • Risk Management

Certification / Credits

Learning Objectives

Participants will gain practical skills to:

  • Define analytical thinking
  • Apply a methodical approach to analytical thinking and problem solving
  • Understand the vital role metrics play
  • Identify relevant metrics
  • Recognize the characteristics and value of a metrics program

About Procept

Procept Associates Ltd.

Since 1963, Procept (and its subsidiaries) have trained over 1 million people from over 17,000 organizations. We focus on developing competencies in project management, change management, agile management, leadership, business analysis, IT and data management, as well as soft skill...


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