If you are thinking about taking the Agile Business Analysis (AgileBA) course, or are simply wondering what agile business analysis is all about, then you have come to the right place. Jumoke Ogunbekun is the AgileBA trainer at Knowledge Train. In this interview, she explains the role of a business analyst, what the transition to agile business analysis involves and the benefits gained from AgileBA training.
Read on to discover how AgileBA training will help you and your organization.
Please introduce yourself
My name is Jumoke and I am one of the freelance trainers at Knowledge Train. I train AgilePM, Prince2, MSP, Change Management, AgileBA and DevOps.
What is a business analyst?
The role of the business analyst is to study the overall business and information needs of an organisation at the corporate level, programme level and project level. Professional business analysts play a critical role in a company's productivity, efficiency and profitability.
The role of the agile business analyst is to be the guardian and champion of the requirements. They do not “own” the requirements. However, the management of a clear, useful evolving set of requirements is the responsibility of the agile business analyst.
What skills do business analysts need?
- Communication skills
- Problem-solving skills
- Critical thinking skills
- Documentation and specification skills
- Analysis skills
- Visual modelling
- Facilitation and elicitation skills
- Knowledge of business analysis tools and techniques
Why is agile business analysis different?
When changing to agile business analysis, you’ll find that change is delivered faster or the benefits realised earlier. There will also be an increased response to change in the external or internal environment.
You will also find that business changes are on time and within budget, and there will be a more reliable delivery of what the business really needs. Finally, the overall implications of change will be understood for the business, in a fast-moving environment.
What is the AgileBA qualification?
The AgileBA course was developed in partnership with the Agile Business Consortium. AgileBA certification demonstrates that you have the skills and expertise needed to be an effective business analyst working in an agile project team.
Who would suit a AgileBA qualification?
- Practising business analysts
- Any agile team member wishing to become an agile business analyst
- Individuals wishing to understand business analysis, such as product owners and managers
What are the benefits of AgileBA certification?
Getting your staff AgileBA certified provides the following benefits:
- Successful agile project delivery
- Teams will learn a comprehensive set of techniques and practices for effective business analysis and collaborative agile working
- Effective transition from traditional to agile ways of working
Do AgileBA students require prior experience?
They will need to have experience of working in a project environment.
What’s the difference between Foundation and Practitioner?
The Foundation course involves testing the fundamental knowledge, whereas the Practitioner involves testing the applied knowledge.
Who should take AgileBA Foundation?
- Practising business analysts
- An agile team member wishing to become an agile business analyst
- Individuals wishing to understand business analysis – such as product owners and managers
- Individuals pursuing the AgileBA Practitioner certificate
Who should take AgileBA Practitioner?
- Practicing and aspiring business analysts
- AgileBA Foundation certified individuals
- Any business analyst looking to cement their position as an expert agile business analyst
Which other qualifications are useful alongside AgileBA?
AgilePM. This course introduces the agile process, which is essential for understanding AgileBA.
Can AgileBA training help someone’s career?
Yes. Not only does it provide people with professional tools, it also gives them a competitive advantage above those that don’t have the qualification.
After training, what’s the next step?
People tend to look for a role that assists or shadows a business analyst. If they are a bit more experienced, they look for business analyst roles in an agile environment.