In this course, students will gain an understanding about agile business analysis. Students will learn how business analysis on an agile project is ‘the same’ and ‘different’ than business analysis performed on waterfall projects. Students will understand how the business analysis role changes on an agile team. A number of business analysis techniques suited for supporting agile teams will be introduced as will the various standards available to the community to help teams and organizations transition. Since few organizations are pure agile, students will also learn about delivery approaches that use a combination of practices from waterfall and agile and will also be introduced to the important concept of business analysis tailoring – the key skill used to adapt business analysis skills to all environments – regardless of the delivery life cycle selected.


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Learning Objectives

In this course, students will:

Understand the fundamentals of agile delivery and agile business analysis
Compare and contrast business analysis on waterfall and agile projects
Explain the value proposition for agile product development
Define the 4 main types of project life cycles
Complete an in-depth walkthrough of the agile delivery life cycle
Explain the major flavors of agile
Understand the major standards available to assist in transition of skills
Define business analysis tailoring and understand how to apply it
Learn over 20 business analysis techniques commonly used on agile projects

  • Introduction

  • What is agile
    The Agile Manifesto
    Agile principles
    Agile benefits
    Hands-on activity

  • Learning and course objectives

  • The current state of agile
    Agile trends
    Agile skills
    Value proposition
    The business case for agile
    The BA role changes on an agile project
    Hands-on activity

  • Understanding project life cycles

  • Project life cycle
    Product life cycle
    Incremental versus Iterative
    Hybrid approaches to delivery
    Choosing a project life cycle

  • An in-depth look at Agile

  • The agile development life cycle
    A sequence of iterations
    Essential concepts
    Inside each iteration
    Iteration goal
    Iteration planning
    Sequence of tasks
    Work period
    End of iteration activities
    Evaluation and feedback
    Structured walkthroughs
    Evaluation guidelines
    The BA role in structured walkthroughs
    Scripting scenarios
    Defect list
    Hands-on exercise

  • Type of Agile Delivery Approaches

  • The flavors of agile
    Scrum roles
    Extreme Programming (XP)
    Dynamic System Development Method (DSDM)
    Feature Driven Development (FDD)
    Best practices used by FDD
    Kanban Boards
    Agile Unified Process
    Scaling Frameworks

  • Introduction to Agile Business Analysis

  • What is business analysis?
    What is agile business analysis?
    Framework for agile business analysis
    Business analysis components
    International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA )
    Project Management Institute (PMI )
    Context to business analysis
    Our industry BA standards
    Our industry Agile BA standards
    Product Owners
    What stays the same
    What is expected to change
    Agile requirements deliverables
    Lightweight documentation
    Requirements repository
    Where business analysis fits in
    The BA workload
    Hands-on exercise

  • Business Analysis Tailoring

  • Business analysis tailoring (defined)
    Tailoring considerations
    What tailoring looks like
    The PMI Guide to Business Analysis
    Determining the 'best' BA approach
    Methodology vs Standard
    Why use methodologies
    Determining your methodology
    Business analysis impacts

  • Tools and techniques for agile business analysis

  • Agile BA techniques
    Backlog refinements
    Behavior Driven Development (BDD)
    Burndown chart
    Collaborative games
    Definition of done
    Definition of ready
    Iteration planning
    Kanban board
    Minimum marketable features (MMF)
    Minimum viable product (MVP)
    Narrative writing
    Persona analysis
    Product roadmap
    Progressive Elaboration
    Purpose alignment model
    Story slicing
    Hands-on Exercise

  • Prioritization Techniques

  • Requirements prioritization
    Prioritizing on agile projects
    Prioritization criteria
    Business benefit
    Pair-choice comparison
    Setting priorities with multi-voting
    Cost to acquire and operate
    Determining business value
    Story point estimating
    Planning poker
    Project velocity
    Hands-on activity

  • Course wrap-up

  • Making the transition to agile
    How my role will be different
    Course summary


Anyone with the need to understand how business analysis is performed to support agile projects or who must transition their existing business analysis skills and practices from waterfall to agile will benefit from this course.




This course is suitable for novice and experienced practitioners who are responsible for business analysis activities on projects using iterative or adaptive (agile) delivery methods. It is recommended that participants complete the BA01: Business Analysis Essentials course prior to enrolling or have equivalent experience.


Length: 2.0 days (16 hours)


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