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Business Value Analysis (ICP-APO)

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Professional Credits


ASPE is an IIBA Endorsed Education Provider of business analysis training. Select Project Delivery courses offer IIBA continuing development units (CDU) in accordance with IIBA standards.

This course offers 16.00 IIBA CDUs.


Select courses offer Leadership (PDU-L), Strategic (PDU-S) and Technical PMI professional development units that vary according to certification. Technical PDUs are available in the following types: ACP, PBA, PfMP, PMP/PgMP, RMP, and SP.

This course offers:
    8.00 PMP/PgMP Technical PDUs
    1.00 PfMP Technical PDUs
    5.00 PMI-PBA Technical PDUs
    1.00 PMI-ACP Technical PDUs
    0.50 PMI-RMP Technical PDUs
    1.00 PMI-SP Technical PDUs
    5.00 PMI Strategic PDUs
    1.00 PMI Leadership PDUs


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.


The Business Value Analysis course is the first step towards achieving the coveted expert level in ICAgile’s Value Management track, and earning your ICAgile Agile Product Ownership (ICP-APO) 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.

In this course you will learn:

The Need for Value Management
The Business Value Analyst role
Value Management in Various Agile “Flavors”
Critical thinking skills and behaviors
Define value and scope
Understand backlog management and release planning
Practice agile techniques like defining personas and roadmaps
Review requirements elicitation and discovery methods
Understand story decomposition and lightweight modeling
Assess the importance and priority of product features
Upcoming Dates and Locations
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Oct 27, 2020 – Oct 29, 2020    12:00pm – 4:30pm Live Online Register
Nov 2, 2020 – Nov 4, 2020    12:00pm – 4:30pm Live Online Register
Dec 15, 2020 – Dec 17, 2020    12:00pm – 4:30pm Live Online Register
Jan 19, 2021 – Jan 21, 2021    12:00pm – 4:30pm Live Online Register
Feb 2, 2021 – Feb 4, 2021    12:00pm – 4:30pm Live Online Register
Mar 23, 2021 – Mar 25, 2021    12:00pm – 4:30pm Live Online Register
Apr 6, 2021 – Apr 8, 2021    12:00pm – 4:30pm Live Online Register
May 18, 2021 – May 20, 2021    12:00pm – 4:30pm Live Online Register
Jun 1, 2021 – Jun 3, 2021    12:00pm – 4:30pm Live Online Register
Jul 6, 2021 – Jul 8, 2021    12:00pm – 4:30pm Live Online Register
Aug 24, 2021 – Aug 26, 2021    12:00pm – 4:30pm Live Online Register
Sep 7, 2021 – Sep 9, 2021    12:00pm – 4:30pm Live Online Register
Oct 12, 2021 – Oct 14, 2021    12:00pm – 4:30pm Live Online Register
Nov 16, 2021 – Nov 18, 2021    12:00pm – 4:30pm Live Online Register
Dec 7, 2021 – Dec 9, 2021    12:00pm – 4:30pm Live Online Register
Course Outline

Part 1: Welcome and Introductions

  1. Opening
  2. Course Objectives and Agenda
  3. ICAgile Certification Overview
  4. Introductions
  5. Working Agreements

Part 2: The Need for Value Management

  1. What is Value Management?
  2. Levels of Value Management
  3. Relating to the Agile Manifesto
  4. Value Management in Various Agile “Flavors”

Part 3:  Role, Scope, and Diversity

  1. Role, Not Job Title
  2. Adapting the Role to the Context
  3. Bridge not Ferry
  4. Keeper of Responsible Decisions
  5. Big Picture View

Part 4: Skills and Behaviors

  1. Thinking Skills
  2. Flexibility of Thinking
  3. Behaviors
  4. Show, Don’t Tell

Part 5:  Seeking Value

  1. Defining Value
  2. Determining Planned Value
  3. Defining Scope
  4. Identifying Measurable Outcomes

Part 6: Project Initiation

  1. Agile Planning
  2. Vision
  3. Product Roadmap
  4. User Roles and Personas

Part 7:  Backlog Management

  1. The Product Backlog
  2. User Stories
  3. Prioritization
  4. Enabling Value Delivery

Part 8:  Understand What is Doable

  1. Release Planning
  2. Iteration Planning
  3. Story Maps

Part 9:  Analyze to Determine Value

  1. Agile Documentation
  2. Value Context
  3. Balanced Scorecard

Part 10:  Exploring the Solution

  1. Setting the Scene
  2. Modeling and Elicitation Techniques
  3. Specification by Example
  4. Continuous Discovery of Value
  5. Managing Artifacts
  6. Inspect and Adapt

Part 11:  Summary

  1. Review Key Takeaways
  2. Review ICAgile Learning Objectives and Video
  3. References
  4. Survey Information
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

This is an intermediate/advanced level workshop. Participants should have completed basic Agile training - such as an ICAgile accredited Agile Fundamentals course, a Certified Scrum Master course, or an equivalent or have completed 6 to 12 months of working with Agile teams. If you are unsure if you meet this prerequisite, you should give us a call and ask.

Additionally, although it is not mandatory, students who have completed the self-paced Foundations of Agile eLearning course have found it very helpful when completing this course.


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