BCS Professional Certificate in Agile Business Analysis

3 days


This course has been independently developed but follows the BCS Business Analysis Practice syllabus. Course fees do not include the BCS examination. The certificate assesses competence with regard to the philosophy, methods, principles and techniques of the Agile approach and its relevance to business analysis.

At the end of the course, delegates will be able to:

  • Describe the philosophy underpinning Agile approaches
  • State the core Agile values in the agile manifesto
  • Interpret the key Agile principles
  • The application of agile in the wider business context
  • Describe a range of Agile methods (process, roles, principles)
  • State the role of the BA in an agile team
  • Evaluate the applicability of an agile method for a given situation (scaled methods vs product development methods)
  • Analyse the stakeholders in Agile projects
  • Discuss the 8 wastes of Lean
  • Discuss the FMM
  • Illustrate the use of Agile analysis, modelling and documentation techniques
  • Analyse business goals and their decomposition
  • Identify and document user roles
  • Illustrate the application of the user story technique
  • Explain the role and management of the solution backlog
  • Explain techniques used to plan and manage an iteration


This certification is relevant for experienced business analysts, business architects, project managers and business managers wishing to explore the philosophy, methods, principles and techniques within an Agile approach and its relevance to business analysis. Note that if you are intending to work towards the BCS Advanced Diploma in Business Analysis then you must already have the International Diploma in Business Analysis.

Skills Gained

To achieve the objectives, the syllabus covers the following topics:

  • Purpose of business: legal entities, sources of finance
  • Key financial statements, concepts and vocabulary
  • Evaluating supplier financial stability
  • Contents and structure of a business case
  • Financial justification of a business case
  • Budgets and budgeting
  • Costs and costing
  • Financing service delivery


  • 40 multiple choice questions
  • 1hr 30mins. Candidates are entitled to an additional 23 minutes if they are sitting an examination in a language that is not their native/official language
  • Examination is supervised
  • Closed book examination
  • Pass mark 26/40 (65%)
  • Calculators may be used during this examination
  • Paper-based examination


  • Pre-course reading applies.
  • Delegates MUST have senior BA experience.

Prerequisites for including this course as part of the Advanced Diploma in Business Analysis:

This course is one of the BCS professional certificates offered by CourseMonster which can be combined and lead to the Advanced Diploma in Business Analysis.If you are planning to work towards obtaining the Advanced Diploma then you must already hold the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis and provide further evidential criteria, see below for details.

How do you obtain the Advanced Diploma?

Anyone who holds the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis can begin working towards the BCS Advanced Diploma.

There are three elements to be achieved in order to be awarded the Advanced Diploma:

  • Gain certifications in four subject areas across three skill domains
  • Provide evidence of a minimum of five years' experience in business analysis
  • Provide evidence of engaging with the BA community.

Exam Requirements

BCS allow additional time for candidates who have a disability or whose native language differs to that of the examination paper. Full details are provided in the BCS Reasonable Adjustments Policy which is available to view on the BCS website. If you believe you qualify for this then please notify the Exam Administration team on the details below as early as possible. At least two weeks' notice will be required for processing this request. Delegates failing to advise CourseMonster and provide evidence when requested, may not be allowed the additional support offered via the BCS policy. CourseMonster Exam Administration can be contacted by email training@coursemonster.com or by phone 44(0) 1793 696162.

Course Outline

  • Agile Philosophy
  • The rationale for adopting an Agile approach:
  • Definition of Agile
  • 3 pillars of Agile The Agile manifesto The three overarching aspects of Agile:
  • Principles
  • Methods
  • Techniques Business Analysis thinking and how it is relevant in Agile business:
  • Systems thinking
  • Service thinking

Lean business analysis - Lean thinking, 8 wastes of Lean, value proposition

  • Agile Principles
  • The 12 core principles
  • Key principle – collaborative working
  • Key principle – self organising teams:
  • Tuckman & Jenson theory of group development Key principle – continuous improvement:
  • Kaizen

DMAIC (from Lean)

Key principle – iterative development and incremental delivery

Key principle – building in change

  • Agile Methods
  • Elements of a method
  • Defined v empirical methods
  • Characteristics of Agile methods:
  • Product development methods – SCRUM, XP, Lean software

Scaled methods – DSDM, SAFe

Advantages and Disadvantages of Agile methods

  • Understanding Stakeholders
  • Stakeholder groups:
  • Business Stakeholders: Project Sponsor; Business Managers; Business Architect
  • Project Stakeholders: Project Manager; Programme Manager
  • Technical Stakeholders: Technical Architect

Development Team: Subject Matter Expert; End-users; Business Analyst; Designer; Team Leader; Solution Developer; Solution Tester

  • Agile Modelling
  • Rationale and principles for Agile modelling:
  • Levels of definition - black box, white box Hierarchy of models using the Functional Model Map (FMM):
  • Organisation ideal view - business activity models, business use cases
  • System level view - context diagram, system use cases

System component view - component designs

MoSCoW prioritisation

  • Goal decomposition v Functional decomposition
  • Benefits of a goal decomposition approach as the basis for agile development
  • Prioritising business goals using the POPIT model
  • Modular business architecture as a strategic tool to enable business capability reuse
  • Agile Requirements
  • Hierarchy of requirements and how this relates to agile projects:
  • General
  • Technical
  • Functional
  • Non-functional User Roles:
  • Identifying and documenting users roles
  • Personas and extreme characters User Stories:
  • 3 Cs
  • Techniques to elicit user stories – interviews, surveys, observation, story-writing workshops
  • Defining user stories
  • Hierarchy of user stories – themes, epics, user story

User stories and non-functional requirements

  • Managing Requirements
  • The solution backlog
  • Managing the backlog
  • Levels of traceability through goals
  • Estimation techniques:
  • Delphi estimating

Planning poker with story points

  • Managing the Iteration
  • Planning the iteration:
  • Iteration planning meeting Calculating and utilising velocity Techniques to manage the iteration:
  • Daily stand-ups
  • Agile boards - Kanban
  • Burn-down charts – story, effort

Iteration reviews - Show and Tell, Retrospectives

  • BA Role in Agile Projects
  • Agile business analysis:
  • The business view
  • The system view
  • Transition between the views

Exploring the system view: scenarios; storyboards; wireframes; prototyping

The Generalising Specialist

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