This course is aimed for experienced practitioners who desire a clear understanding of Strategic Business Analysis, who would like to understand what comprises this work, and the objectives for performing it. This course may earn a Credly Badge.


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Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

Learn about the components of Strategic Business Analysis.
Understand the importance of defining the business need correctly and pursuing a thorough analysis of the internal and external environments of the enterprise before choosing the solution.
Shortcutting the pre-analysis work discussed in this course often results in delivering solutions that are misaligned to the enterprise strategy and to the expectations and needs of the business.
Learn how to avoid the pitfall of jumping to a solution prior to a solid understanding of the opportunity or problem needing to be addressed.

  • Foundational Concepts

  • Components of business analysis
    Business analysis competencies
    IIBA/PMI and the goals of a professional association
    Purpose for having a BA standard
    Exercise- Review the case study

  • Introduction to Strategy Analysis

  • Definition and purpose of Strategy Analysis
    The timing of Strategy Analysis
    Identifying stakeholders and the business need
    Discussions- Strategy analysis in your organization, When business needs are not clearly defined, and Strategy Analysis and the business analyst
    Exercises- Describe Strategy Analysis, Identify Roles/Responsibilities, and Identify the business need

  • Analyze the Current State environment

  • The importance of analyzing Current State
    Understanding Business Architecture
    Techniques for analyzing Current State

  • Define the Future State

  • Future State description
    Assessing impacts to business architecture
    Determining Solution Scope
    Discussions- Managing expectations with stakeholders, Capturing current capabilities, and How to approach acquiring capabilities

  • Assess Risks

  • Identifying risks
    Risk Tolerance/Categories/risk responses
    The concept of positive risk
    Techniques for identifying risks
    Discussions- Who is responsible for identifying risks? Who captures positive risks today?
    Exercise- Identify Risks

  • Define the Change Strategy

  • Defining change strategy
    Components of change strategy
    Solution scope, enterprise readiness and change
    Techniques for defining a change strategy

  • Developing a Business Case

  • The purpose of a business case
    Business case components
    Building a convincing business case
    Determining the Recommended Solution
    Packaging the business case
    Reviewing the business case with stakeholders
    Discussions- Evaluating project proposals and anticipating questions for the business case review
    Exercise- Create a business case

  • Additional Resources

  • Helpful links for obtaining additional business analysis information


Executives, Project Managers, Business Analysts, Business and IT stakeholders working with business analysts will benefit from this course.




This course is aimed at experienced people who require a clear understanding and systematic approach to Strategic Enterprise Business Analysis. It is recommended that participants complete the BA01: Business Analysis Essentials course prior to enrolling or have equivalent experience.

Course Info

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Cost: $ 1,535

Length: 2.0 days (16 hours)


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