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Business Value Analysis (ICP-APO)

SS Course: GK6976

Course Overview


The Business Analyst s role changes significantly as organizations rapidly replace their traditional system-development methodologies with more iterative or agile approaches. More and more companies are realizing the benefits of faster product deployment at a lower cost, with less rework due to missed requirements. Effective business analysis is key to developing those requirements and keeping projects on track. This indispensable course explores the contributions of good requirements development in an Agile environment and equips business analysts with the critical thinking, analytical skills, and necessary people skills they need to add value to every Agile project.

This practical workshop provides participants with an understanding of the changing role of the business analyst, the tools and techniques best suited to Agile, and the timing for performing key tasks and events. Explanatory, demonstrations, and practice exercises will provide you with the experience needed to create user stories that meet business needs.

Iterative development methods such as Agile require a paradigm shift from the traditional approaches used for business analysis. Agile moves the analysis away from gathering big up-front requirements and towards iterative and incremental techniques. The analyst becomes the keeper of value -- the value conscience for the team. To designate the difference in skills and focus, the Agile business analyst is referred to as the Business Value Analyst (BVA). The BVA must guide the team through iterative and rapid product development to maximize business value. To do so requires a mindset shift for the business analyst the business value mindset.

ASPE s Business Value Analysis course is the first step towards achieving the coveted expert level in ICAgile s Value Management track (ICP-BVA certification). The course gives you the much-needed skills for the value-based approaches required for successful agile development.
As a stepping-stone towards becoming a Value Manager, the Business Value Analysis training course focuses not only on skills and techniques but also on the mindset shift for the analyst in an Agile environment. The course includes tools and techniques to gather requirement details in an iterative fashion at the right time and at the right level. The learner will develop an appreciation for Value Management as an Agile discipline and craft.

The Business Value Analysis training course gives you a jump-start on your agile journey. It provides the essential, value-based analysis skills needed to lead teams towards greater agility.


Scheduled Classes




Part 1: Welcome and Introductions

  1. Summary: Opening and general logistics for the class. To get started we will get to know each other and understand the objectives of the course. We will model the creation of Working Agreements that contribute to building trust on a team.
  2. Topics covered:
    • Opening
    • Course Objectives and Agenda
    • ICAgile Certification Overview
    • Introductions
    • Working Agreements

Part 2: The Need for Value Management

  1. Summary: Value management is a distinct discipline that applies at many levels, crosses many initiatives, and is embodied in many roles. In this section we will understand how the Agile Manifesto influences the way we undertake Value Management & Business Analysis on Agile projects. We will also refresh our knowledge of various Agile "flavors" and describe where BVA fits within them.
  2. Topics covered:
    • What is Value Management?
    • Levels of Value Management
    • Relating to the Agile Manifesto
    • Value Management in Various Agile Flavors

Part 3: Role, Scope, and Diversity

  1. Summary: The scope of the BVA role in an Agile organization is to identify the most valuable business needs. This requires differentiating between the most valuable and the less valuable outcomes. The BVA must communicate so the team can deliver the right change and make the right decisions. Understand how to actively create and support an environment where open, honest interpersonal communication focused on the delivery of value occurs. Apply techniques that enable an understanding of both the big picture view and how the current work aligns with the big picture.
  2. Topics covered:
    • Role, Not Job Title
    • Adapting the Role to the Context
    • Bridge not Ferry
    • Keeper of Responsible Decisions
    • Big Picture View

Part 4: Skills and Behaviors

  1. Summary: Critical to the BVA role is being able to think critically, to challenge assumptions and the assumptions of the people providing information. In this section we will understand how to look beyond the borders in order to determine the effects of systems on decision making and value realization. The BVA needs to be prepared to be the value conscience of the team, to tackle the "elephant in the room" questions, challenge assumptions and identify critical success factors.
  2. Topics Covered:
    • Thinking Skills
    • Flexibility of Thinking
    • Behaviors
    • Show, Don t Tell

Part 5: Seeking Value

  1. Summary: Value has different meanings in different contexts. The BVA must understand how to define value and how it may change over time. The planned value must be understood and agreed before work commences. This includes identifying both tangible and intangible results. As scope changes over time; the BVA must actively manage and communicate these changes.
  2. Topics covered:
    • Defining Value
    • Determining Planned Value
    • Defining Scope
    • Identifying Measurable Outcomes

Part 6: Project Initiation

  1. Summary: Experience the activities involved with the initiation of an Agile project. Agile follows an Adaptive, Just-in-Time planning model. In this section we will learn different approaches to developing visions and roadmaps. In addition, better understand your customers with roles and personas.
  2. Topics Covered:
    • Agile Planning
    • Vision
    • Product Roadmap
    • User Roles and Personas

Part 7: Backlog Management

  1. Summary: The Agile vehicle for communicating requirements is the User Story. The BVA is central in the process of writing and elaborating User Stories. This section will cover User Stories and how to write and elaborate good User Stories. After User Stories are written, they need to be prioritized and estimated. As part of the Customer side team, the BVA has a major role in prioritization. As a member of the Development side team, the BVA will ensure that there is an appropriate level of details for the developers to begin work. Both of these come with low cost, low waste techniques that allow us to do this quickly and get on to the important work of implementing requirements.
  2. Topics Covered:
    • The Product Backlog
    • User Stories
    • Prioritization
    • Enabling Value Delivery

Part 8: Understand What is Doable

  1. Summary: The BVA needs to understand what the team can do at a sustainable pace. Learn how to plan releases, assist with iteration planning, and lead Story Reviews.
  2. Topics covered:
    • Release Planning
    • Iteration Planning
    • Story Maps

Part 9: Analyze to Determine Value

  1. Summary: Backlog Refinement is where the BVA is really worth their weight in gold. User Stories represent very thin statements of Customer wants and needs but they do not contain the details until the development team is close to working on them. As that time approaches, the details are filled in. The BVA is the central figure in requirements elaboration.
  2. Topics covered:
    • Agile Documentation
    • Value Context
    • Balanced Scorecard

Part 10: Exploring the Solution

  1. Summary: When Requirements are ready to go ready to go does not mean mountains of documentation. Much of the details are maintained as tacit knowledge with the BVA and the others who have been involved with the Conversation. Continued collaboration is essential to turning what we learned about the needs of the customer into working software.
  2. Topics covered:
    • Setting the Scene
    • Modeling and Elicitation Techniques
    • Specification by Example
    • Continuous Discovery of Value
    • Managing Artifacts
    • Inspect and Adapt

Part 11: Summary

  1. Summary: Summarize key takeaways from the course and pull it all together.
  2. Topics Covered:
    • Review Key Takeaways
    • Review ICAgile Learning Objectives and Video
    • References
    • Survey Information



    This is an intermediate/advanced level workshop. Participants should have completed basic Agile training - such as an Introduction to Agile course, a Certified Scrum Master course, or an equivalent or have completed 6 to 12 months of working with Agile teams.

      Who Should Attend

      • Anyone wanting to improve their business analysis skills
      • Anyone on their path to becoming a Value Manager
      • Business Analysts
      • Value Managers
      • Product Owners
      • Product Managers
      • Business Subject Matter Experts
      • Business Systems Analyst
      • Requirements Engineer
      • Process Analyst
      • Anyone who performs business analysis activities
      • Anyone wanting certification in ICAgile Business Value Analysis (ICP-BVA)
      • Anyone wanting to become an ICAgile Certified Expert in Value Management