Fundamentals of Business Analysis
Learn the foundations of the business analysis field from one of its most innovative thought leaders.
Business Analysts have long needed access to high-quality training without the multi-thousand dollar price tag.
In this affordable first class in business analysis, you'll create a foundation in the field, learning everything you need to get started as a BA.
Since the course is on-demand, you can study whenever is most convenient for you. Lifetime access means you can go at your own pace. Quizzes and assignments help you to reinforce what you have learned.
Hi, I'm Don Hussey.
As founder of NorwalkAberdeen, I have taught business analysis to more than 20,000 students spanning 145 countries.
Prior to starting the firm, I led the Business Analysis Center of Excellence for Citigroup Private Bank, managing teams of Business Analysts, coordinating enterprise-level analysis activities, and defining the business analysis value proposition for the bank. I have managed BAs, taught BAs, mentored BAs, interviewed BAs, and hired BAs.
Earlier in my career, I worked in a variety of BA roles:
- Senior Vice President, Strategic Program Management, Citigroup
- Vice President, Global Internet Strategy, Citigroup
- Member of the Board of Directors, IIBA New York
- Business Analyst/Product Manager, Morgan Stanley
I live in Washington DC, and I like backpacking, soccer, and canned beer (yum).
"Genuine, conversational, engaging, insightful, practical, simple, and fun."
These are some of the words our students use to describe the course.
The course is broken into 68 video lectures, with more than six hours of on-demand content. Each lecture presents a topic, covers it in detail, and then illustrates how it is done on the job.
Theory. Isn't. Enough.
One of the biggest challenges for students is translating their knowledge into practical, real-world capabilities.
This Fundamentals course makes it easy for you to apply your new skills by using actual scenarios and case studies from from industry.
The final section of the course is an in-depth scenario where a Business Analyst (Doug) interviews stakeholders, performs analysis, and models solutions. You get to see how an actual BA does the work.
Interact with your Instructor
It's like you've fallen into a black hole.
In many online courses, you get lost in the crowd. You ask questions, and no one answers. You resort to searching Google, but nothing makes sense for your situation.
Not so with our courses. You have many ways to interact with Don. A few include:
Asking questions in the course portal: Don typically responds within 1 business day.
Joining our Tutorial Tuesdays: Every other week, Don hosts an online tutorial where he covers a business analysis topic, and you can ask him anything.
Emailing him: Good ol' email. He's pretty quick to respond. If you don't believe it, try asking him a question about the course.
This easy interaction is similar to the experience of an expensive in-person class.
Quizzes and Assignments
How can you be sure that you've learned the material?
The only way for you to truly master something is to practice and get feedback.
After every substantial lecture, there is a quiz to test your comprehension. Based on your results, you can choose to move on to the next topic or revisit the one you just learned.
And each section of the course ends in an exercise where you do real business analysis work that is reviewed personally by Don.
Tools to help you get the job... and get the job done.
The course comes with a wide array of resources to help you get started in business analysis and excel on the job:
- Slides for each section
- Requirements template
- Completed requirements document
- Stakeholder Interests cheat-sheet
- Stakeholder Needs Analysis template
- Guide to Agile Business Analysis
- Requirements Definition Model quick guide
- Analysis & Modeling cheat-sheet
- Decision Table handout
- Case Study: Working with Crazy Stakeholders
- Requirements Finalization checklist
Certificate of Completion
It's not enough to know. You have to prove you know.
The BA job market is competitive and tough.
After you complete the course, you will get a PDF completion certificate that can easily be inserted into a career portfolio.
Or you can just be like the rest of us and thumb-tack it to your cubicle.
There are many business analysis courses available to you. Choose the one that helps you create the best results.