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Agile BA Foundation course

The AgileBA Foundation certification exam tests a student’s knowledge of agile principles and philosophy, agile processes and practices, and the roles and responsibilities with an agile project.

This course includes the AgileBA Foundation exam.

Accreditation Accreditation: APMG
Pre-requisites Pre-requisites: None
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Agile BA Foundation and Practitioner course

The AgileBA Practitioner certification exam tests a student’s ability to apply agile principles, philosophy, and key agile practices; test, estimate and evaluate benefits; and their ability to manage and prioritise requirements in an agile project.

This course includes the AgileBA Foundation and Practitioner exams.

Accreditation Accreditation: APMG
Pre-requisites Pre-requisites: AgileBA Foundation prior to sitting AgileBA Practitioner
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Background

Agile’s influence in organisations continues to grow. Agile has moved out of its initial software development home and has been embraced in many business sectors on their change projects.

As agile grows in popularity, traditional project roles must learn new guidance, concepts and techniques.

Before AgileBA, there was little to no guidance addressing the role and responsibilities of an agile business analyst.

The Agile Business Analyst

Traditionally, the business analyst role involved studying the business needs of an organisation and devising solutions to business problems.

Business analysts operate at different levels within the organisation. They can be involved at the strategic level as a business architect, developing vision, mission, and objectives. They may also be involved at the tactical level by helping to define programmes of work where solution development projects take place.

Often, a business analyst is involved in:

  • Strategic analysis
  • Business capability modelling
  • Process and value stream mapping
  • Skills and competency mapping
  • Process re-engineering
  • Data definition
  • Stakeholder liaison
  • Requirements engineering
  • Defining cost-effective business solutions.

Why Agile BA?

Introducing an Agile approach has a big impact on the Business Analyst role, including their skills and way of working. Whilst existing skills are still valuable, new skills and methods are required to harness the benefits of agile ways of working, including:

  • Collaborative working with the customer
  • Incremental delivery or value early
  • Accepting that not everything can be understood at the beginning, but can be understood as work progresses
  • Defining details only when it is required
  • Empowering people to make decisions at the right level.

AgileBA handbook

The AgileBA Agile Business Analyst Handbook provides useful, practical guidance on the role of the business analyst working in an agile context.

Developed by the Agile Business Consortium, it is based upon its Agile Project Framework, one of the earliest Agile frameworks which has been in use for over 20 years.

The handbook includes these chapters:

  • The Role of the Business Analyst, in an Agile World
  • Agile Fundamentals and the Agile BA
  • The Agile Business Case
  • Stakeholders in the Agile Project
  • Requirements and User Stories
  • Prioritisation
  • Workshops
  • Modelling
  • Timeboxing and Iterative Development
  • Requirements Planning and Estimating Throughout the Lifecycle
  • The Requirements Lifecycle in an Agile Project
  • Making the Transition to Agile BA.

AgileBA certification

AgileBA certification covers 4 key areas:

  1. Business analysis fundamentals
  2. Strategy and organisation
  3. Practices
  4. Requirements.

AgileBA exams

AgileBA Foundation

  • Style: Multiple-choice
  • Questions: 50
  • Pass mark: 50% (25/50)
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Materials allowed: Closed-book
  • Pre-requisites: None.

AgileBA Practitioner

  • Style: Objective-test
  • Questions: 4 (20 marks each)
  • Pass mark: 50% (40/80)
  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Book: Open-book (Handbook only)
  • Pre-requisites: AgileBA Foundation pass.

Who is Agile BA suitable for?

The following people will find Agile BA useful:

  • Business analysts, change analysts, project managers, Scrum Product Owners, system analysts, agile developers
  • Any of the above roles which are currently practicing in, or aspiring to work in, an Agile environment
  • Any of the above roles which are working in a traditional environment who are seeking to migrate to Agile.

Benefits of Agile BA

For organisations

AgileBA provides organisations with a standard approach to executing agile projects, because the approach is aligned with AgilePM and AgilePgM.

Implementation of AgileBA provides these advantages:

  • Provides both Agile and traditional project managers (who often also have business analysis responsibilities) and Scrum developers with an understanding of the Agile business analyst role in addition to educating them about Agile techniques
  • On Scrum teams, AgileBA fills the gap of lacking a Business Analyst perspective because there is no defined BA role for Scrum developers
  • Scrum Product Owners will benefit from the Agile development skills delivered during an AgileBA training courses.

For individuals

AgileBA guidance and training provides business analysts in Agile projects, with the tools they need to adopt an agile approach.

It gives advice on focus and value-delivery and guidance on working with business stakeholders, developers, testers and outlines the skills needed to deliver solutions incrementally.

It equips business analysts with techniques to incorporate Agile approaches into a programme and to align change with organizational objectives.

Individuals will gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • AgileBA guidance
  • Agile business analysis techniques
  • How to move from traditional to more agile ways of working.