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Many organizations are starting to reap rewards from adding agile methods to their development practices. One of the roles most impacted by switching to an agile approach is the business analyst. Requirements are captured and documented differently on agile projects using novel techniques such as backlogs and user stories and by making extensive use of agile requirements modeling practices. Additionally, requirements are first captured at a broad, abstract level, prioritized using a 3-step approach, and then explored more deeply in cycles according to their priority.

Learning Objectives

Participants in this interactive session will learn:

  • How user stories can be an effective technique for gathering user requirements.
  • Tips & techniques on how to do user stories effectively.
  • How much detail needs to be in a user story.
  • How many user stories are required.
  • How user stories emerge from use cases.
  • How “themes” and “epics” play a role in requirements activities.
  • How backlogs become central to the requirements management process.
  • How to use agile modeling practices to improve requirements quality.
  • And more…


Who Should Attend

Business Analysts, Scrum Masters, Agile PMs, and Product Owners.


Participants should already have some familiarity with basic business analysis techniques and should have completed at least an introductory course on an agile framework such as Scrum, Disciplined Agile Delivery, etc.


Participants will receive a workbook with copies of all course notes, handouts, exercises, and solutions.

course info

Course ID: 7303
Course Level: Intermediate
Duration: 1/2 day and 1 day versions

upcoming sessions

Aug. 13, 2020 - Aug. 13, 2020
Instructor: Ori Schibi

Event starts in: 203 days

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PMI Talent TriangleThe following table provides the breakdown of the professional development units (PDUs) for the 1-day version of this course aligned with the PMI Talent TriangleTM.

  Tech. Ldrshp. Strat. & Bus.
PMP 7 0 0
PgMP 7 0 0
PfMP 0 0 0
PMI-ACP 7 0 0
PMI-SP 0 0 0
PMI-RMP 0.5 0 0
PMI-PBA 7 0 0

The three columns in the above table are Technical Project Management, Leadership, and Strategic & Business Management.

Other Credits

Other professional (re)certification credits are available, including:

  • Certified Business Analyst Professionals (CBAPs) earn 7 CDUs (Category 2B)
  • Scrum Alliance Certifications earn 7 SEUs (Category C1)
  • Certified Software Quality Engineers (CSQEs) earn 1 RU
  • CIPS Information Systems Professionals (ISPs) earn 7 Learning Credits
  • CIPS Information Technology Certified Professional (ITCPs) earn 7 Learning Credits

The course was good.  Proivdes a good overview of the agile process and how it relates to the BA role.

Daniel Funge: BI Lead, Cancer Care Ontario

Another methodology that should be part of one's tool kit so it can be considered for project planning and execution.

Mabel Fong: Senior Project Analyst, Cancer Care Ontario

Outlined important agile aspects and used hands-on examples.

Lori Rudderham: Senior Business Analyst, OMA

Clarified the role of BA in the agile SDLC management process.

Samira Saif-Kashani: Senior Business Analyst, Cancer Care Ontario

Definitely recommended.

Arju Pal: Senior Business Analyst, Ontario Medical Association