RG Freeman Group is pleased to announce the approval and endorsement for 4 of our courses!

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 Our Foundations of Business Analysis Class Scheduled April 23-26, 2019 is Guaranteed to Run!

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Our Virtual Live BA04 Eliciting and Writing Effective Requirements Class Scheduled December 12-14, 2018 is Guaranteed to Run!

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 RGF Group will be a Sponsor at the 2018 Building Business Capability (BBC) Conference in San Antonio, TX scheduled November 6-9, 2018!

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Our Foundations of Business Analysis Class Scheduled October 23-26, 2018 is Guaranteed to Run!

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 Our PgMP® Exam Prep Online class is now guaranteed to run November 6-9, 2017 with instructor James Haner, PhD, PgMP, PMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-RMP, CBAP, CCBA!

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Our BA04 Eliciting and Writing Effective Requirements is now Guaranteed to Run November 13-15, 2017!

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Friday
Mar222019

RG Freeman Group is pleased to announce the approval and endorsement of 4 of our courses!

RG Freeman Group is pleased to announce the approval and endorsement for Professional Development Credits for four of our recently updated courses!

1.       Agile for Business Analysts

2.       Agile Scrum Team Workshop

3.       Overview of Agile

4.       Problem Determination Root Cause Analysis

Approved Course #1

Our 2-day AG-BA08 Agile for Business Analysts class is approved and endorsed by both IIBA (CDUs) and PMI (PDUs) for 14 professional development-credit hours.

 The Agile for Business Analysts class is aligned to the new IIBA®-AAC™ Certification (IIBA® Agile Analysis Certification™) The AAC is a level two professional certification on the IIBA Competency Model, perfect for business analysts who want to demonstrate they have the skills and expertise needed to be an effective business analyst working in an Agile team. Agile is a high growth area, as is the demand for Business Analysts, and IIBA foresees this trend to continue. Agile was ranked first in the top three areas business analysts perform in their work in the 2017 IIBA Annual Business Analysis Salary Survey. BAs working in an Agile space also reported earning up to 30% more income!

To quote from one of my favorite thought leaders, Angela Wick an expert in both the BA and Agile space:
Angela Wick recently published her article on the 5 reasons why Agile BAs are critical to an Agile Team: https://www.batimes.com/angela-wick/5-reasons-bas-are-critical-to-an-agile-team.html

5 reasons why Agile BAs are critical to an Agile Team

1. Many large organizations are struggling with the product owner role. They need BAs to partner with POs to bring customer focus as the team refines the backlog and delivers the work. BAs help manage value delivery!
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BAs have a holistic and detailed view of the customer, user, data, processes and systems. Without this view, teams will struggle to deliver solutions that hit the speed, relevance, and quality metrics leaders are looking for agile teams to hit.
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BAs truly care and have compassion and empathy for users. It’s in their DNA! When empowered to make users and customers awesome, BAs will rise to the occasion and represent the user needs on the team.
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Great BAs speed up the team by having backlog items ready for the team. BAs can facilitate high-quality and fast feedback loops with users/customers which are critical to agile, speed and innovation success!
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BAs are T-Shaped skilled team players. Great BAs have a wide skill set that comprises of technical, leadership, business, analytical, facilitation and communication skills needed to help agile teams thrive! T-Shaped team member are those s that have deep expertise and have the ability to collaborate cross functionally and apply their deep knowledge and skills in other areas to benefit the team.

Is agile analysis leading to success on your agile team? Are BAs empowered to truly play a BA role to help their agile teams deliver real value?

If your team or organization is taking the Scrum Guide too literally and missing out on analysis, you might be missing the key agile success—using an Agile BA!

Approved Course # 2

PMI has also approved and endorsed our very popular 2-day AGL 22B Agile Scrum Team Workshop for 14 PDUs.  

We have taught this class onsite at several Fortune 500 and Government agencies and the classes that we have delivered, received outstanding feedback:

Our 2-day workshop puts the agile team through their paces, by showing them how to conduct the five (5) scrum ceremonies, while simulating key activities within a sprint, all while using their own project as a case study for the exercises. There are 20 team breakout exercises over two days that is a simulation of all the moving parts and the roles that the teams play in a 2 -4 week Agile Sprint!

 Here are some of the comments from the clients on our Agile Team Simulation Workshop.

“The most hands-on, interactive training class that I’ve ever taken. We broke into three project teams, whereby each team identified a unique project; we wrote user stories, conducted sprint planning, and reviewed progress through Scrum boards and burn-down charts.”

“I have taken ‘agile’ training before, but the real-life application of this course was extremely valuable.”

 “I definitely think that this is a course we should be considering for future years, and I would highly recommend for our teams that are trying to move towards an Agile methodology.”

Approved Course # 3: Agile-101-Overview of Agile - 7 PDUs

This course introduces its attendees to the core values, principles, and practices of Agile. This course discusses how to plan and manage Agile practices, not only those in Scrum.  The course also goes into greater depth about all the roles and responsibilities on the team and not just the ScrumMaster and Product Owner roles.

Many of today’s Project Management and Business Analyst Professionals are finding themselves leading, managing and conducting analysis while on Agile development teams.  We have found that many of the tools and techniques applied during a traditional project management approach no longer work as effectively, or at all. In order to do more than survive in this iterative development environment, today’s Project Managers and Business Analysts must employ additional project management and business analysis tools and techniques to effectively lead their teams and deliver projects successfully. 

Approved Course # 4

Our 2-day, BA17 Problem Determination Root Cause Analysis (RCA) course has been approved for 14 professional development hours (PDUs) from PMI. The class is proactive and strategic. Excellent problem determination skills cannot be acquired simply by reading a book. They mostly come from experience as well as discipline. After this course, you should have a general understanding of a structured problem determination approach, which you can then apply in your daily work to gain more experience.

Business success is dependent on effective resolution of the problems that present themselves every day. "Failure to identify the root cause of problems often leads to ineffective solutions, and recurring problems, which results in business interruptions, dissatisfied customers, and support costs that are higher than they could be if the problems were effectively solved by identifying and addressing their root causes."

Learn to find and fix root causes and develop corrective actions that will effectively eliminate or control these problems.

For more information on any of our courses please email us at info@rgfgroup.com

 

Thursday
Mar212019

Our Foundations of Business Analysis Class Scheduled April 23-26, 2019 is Guaranteed to Run!

Are you new to the Business Analysis field or looking to transition into a Business Analysis role? Our Foundations of Business Analysis class is a practitioner-based, skill enabling course geared towards the beginner/intermediate level student that provides a total immersion in the BA role, going way beyond a simple “test prep” curriculum. Participants will learn how to perform stakeholder analysis, utilize techniques to elicit the needs of these stakeholders, translate their needs into solution requirements, and confirm these requirements are well-written, correct, and precise.  The course is aligned to BABOK Version 3 and covers the IIBA knowledge areas on the Entry Certificate in Business Analysis (ECBA) exam. The 4-day course will provide attendees with 28 professional development hours to sit for the ECBA exam. Click on the following link to view a course description and request information on our BA30 Foundations of Business Analysis class. http://www.rgfgroup.com/rgfcourse-ba30 or please email us at info@rgfgroup.com

Wednesday
Nov282018

Our Virtual Live BA04 Eliciting and Writing Effective Requirements Class Scheduled December 12-14, 2018 is Guaranteed to Run!

We are excited to announce that one of our lead instructors, Laura Paton, MBA, CBAP, IIBA-AAC, PMP, PMI-PBA, and the former Chair of IIBA BABOK® 3.0 and also the Chair for the PMI BABOK 2018 who wrote our BA04 course, will be teaching the December 12-14th class! http://www.rgfgroup.com/laura-paton/

Successful projects are built on the foundation of clearly defined requirements but according to PMI’s August 2014 Pulse of the Profession® report, 47% of unsuccessful projects still fail due to poor requirements management practices and a majority of companies are not valuing requirements management as a critical competency for their projects and strategic initiatives[1]

With elicitation serving as a major component of the requirements process, it is imperative that business analysts maintain high competency levels in elicitation practices and technique use to help organizations overcome the requirements related challenges faced on projects. Regardless whether you are a practitioner just starting off your career in business analysis or whether you have been performing the role for some years, this course will provide insight into the latest thoughts on elicitation and writing effective requirements and present a number of current techniques that are being applied on projects across industries today.

Intended Audience: This course is intended for beginner to intermediate business and requirements analysts who are looking to improve their elicitation and requirements writing and documentation skills. This course is also a great fit for technical writers, product and software testers, project managers, and product owners who work closely with business analysts or who perform some form of business analysis themselves.

Course Objectives:

You will revisit the foundational concepts of business analysis and discuss the importance of requirements to project success. A deep exploration of requirements and requirements categories is provided. You will learn how to perform a deep exploration of your stakeholders as a starting point to the requirements process. You will be presented with guidance and helpful instruction for planning and preparing for elicitation and documentation. A number of popular and common elicitation techniques are explored. The best practices for writing and documenting requirements are shared. A thorough presentation of requirements and solution validation is provided.

 Note: This course is compliant with IIBA’s Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK® Guide) version 3 standard in business analysis and is aligned with and upholds the practices as discussed in PMI’s Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide.

Click on the following link to view a course description and request information on our BA04 Eliciting and Writing Effective Requirements class http://www.rgfgroup.com/rgfcourse-ba04 or please email us at info@rgfgroup.com

Tuesday
Oct232018

RGF Group will be a Sponsor at the 2018 Building Business Capability (BBC) Conference in San Antonio, TX scheduled November 6-9, 2018!

RG Freeman Group will be a sponsor at the 2018 Building Business Capability (BBC) conference in San Antonio, Texas scheduled November 6-9, 2018. The BBC Conference is the largest global gathering of business analysis, business architecture, business process, business rules, business decisions and business strategy, and transformational professionals dedicated to "leading business excellence". https://www.buildingbusinesscapability.com/

We are offering a 25% discount on any of our Online, Live, Instructor-led classes scheduled through March 31, 2019. Use code RGFBBC when registering. Click on the following link to view our Online Business Analysis classes http://www.rgfgroup.com/bapm-landing/

Please stop by our booth, #804 to learn more about our training and consulting services for Business Analysis and Agile Transformation. We look forward to meeting you at the conference!

For more information, please contact us at 781-784-5721 or  info@rgfgroup.com

 

 

Thursday
Sep132018

The BA01 Business Analysis Essentials class scheduled November 12-13, 2018 is now Guaranteed to Run!

The Business Analysis Essentials class is an introductory course designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of the benefits, functions and impact a business analyst has within an organization. The course discusses the business analysis process as it is applied throughout a project as well as the pre-project activities that comprise strategy analysis. Participants learn how a business analyst supports the project throughout the solution development life cycle, from defining business needs and solution scope to validating that requirements have been met in the testing phase and ensuring the solution continues to provide value after implementation.

After completing this course, participants will fully understand the characteristics of the business analyst role and the components that comprise the profession of business analysis.  Students will obtain a solid working vocabulary to enable effective communication about business analysis activities and deliverables across the project team. Click on the following link to view a course description and request information on our BA01 Business Analysis Essentials class. http://www.rgfgroup.com/rgfcourse-ba01 or please email us at info@rgfgroup.com