Conduct a Strategy Analysis using Business Analysis

Learn business analysis tools and techniques to recommend solutions and strategies that produce business value
Conduct a Strategy Analysis using Business Analysis
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The BA Guide | Jeremy Aschenbrenner


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Last updated 10/2022



Conduct a Strategy Analysis using Business Analysis

What you’ll learn

Learn how to assess and analyze the current state (as-is) of an organization to get a good feel for their structure, culture, and capabilities
Understand how to properly define project success by identifying the conditions that need to be met within the future state (to-be)
Understand how to use gap analysis to uncover the necessary changes to get the organization from the current as-is state to the future to-be state
Learn how to utilize the brainstorming and workshop techniques to identify, assess, and mitigate risks to the project and the organization
Learn how to determine viable solutions and recommend the best solution to meet the business needs and fill the identified gap
Gain the ability to conduct a cost-benefit analysis to validate when the recommended solution will give a return on investment
Learn to create a Business Case that gets approved by tying all of the learned details together into on succinct document that provides reasoning and financial justification to move forward

Conduct a Strategy Analysis using Business Analysis


No Business Analysis experience necessary, but it is recommended (not required) that you have taken the first course in the Business Analysis Process Series, “Identify and Define the Problem”


BECOME A BUSINESS ANALYST WHO CAN TAKE AN AMAZING IDEA FROM VISION TO REALITY BY UNDERSTANDING THE CURRENT STATE OF AN ORGANIZATION, WHAT THEIR FUTURE STATE COULD LOOK LIKE, AND HOW TO HELP THEM BRIDGE THAT GAP.Use business analysis techniques to create and recommend the best strategies and solutions to help your organization meet its goals.When an organization has a big idea but doesn’t have a clue how to bring it to life, it is your responsibility as a Business Analyst to help them bridge that gap…And it’s my duty as The BA Guide to teach you how!This course will take you through my 5-Step Strategy Analysis processAnalyze the Current State – Learn how to determine where the organization is today so you’re able to move forward fully prepared.Define the Future State – Understand exactly how to define what a “successful result” is – in order to achieve success, you first need to understand what success looks like.Assess the Risks – Minimize possible pitfalls and stumbling blocks by identifying them early and taking them into consideration in your planning.Determine a Change Strategy – Learn how to consider all possible options and determine which to put forward as your recommendation – then, define a strategy for how you intend to make the change.Create a Business Case – Document all of the previous elements together in a persuasive and cohesive way that gets you approval to move forward with the project.Within each step, you’ll learn the techniques, tools, and skills through the use of practical, real-world examples – meaning you won’t just understand the 5 steps, you’ll also know how to apply them.Course enrollment grants you lifetime access, with no expiration, to all the course lectures, activities, handouts, and quizzes. In addition, you’ll also receive 1-on-1 support for any questions or uncertainties that come up. And this all comes with a money-back guarantee. You have nothing to lose and so much to gain.Looking to get ECBA certified? – This course qualifies for 7 hours of Professional DevelopmentLet’s hear what our current students have to say: “This is a great course! The real life examples are great for new or inexperienced BAs to connect to the theories taught to real world. A very comprehensive course and excited for the next courses in this series.” – Amy “I am a college student that is studying science. Not once did I ever consider business as a career option for me. That goes to say I do not have a business background. However, Jeremy explains fully and in detail of each lecture perfectly to where I can understand. This is awesome.” – Sandhya “The courses provided by Jeremy and The BA Guide are fantastic! I’m currently working through my 5th Business Analysis course and I continue to be amazed at the quality of the courses. I have learned an incredible amount and would recommend the course to anyone looking to increase their business skills.” – CamdenWhat is included in the course?Over 8 hours of high-quality video lectures that break down all the concepts covered in an easy-to-understand, step-by-step format.A 40-page Student Workbook that will enhance your learning and your information retention from the course, as well as giving you reference material after you’ve completed the course.10 Business Analysis Templates so you have all the tools you need to immediately conduct a strategy analysis while on the job.7 Practice Activities to help you cement what you’ve learned and give you an opportunity to put your newly acquired skills to the test.In addition to all the tools you’ll need to start conducting strategy analysis, you’ll also get a foot into the industry by way of an industry expert…I’m not just the instructor who wrote this course, I will also act as both a resource and a mentor to guide you to a long and rewarding career in Business Analysis!Still not convinced? “Another great course in The BA Guide / Jeremy Aschenbrenner series. Although you can take this course individually, I highly recommend that anyone considering this course get the entire series and work through them sequentially. Well worth it.” – Liz “Great quality work. I like how Jeremy breaks everything down, so it’s understandable even if you don’t have any background in the business analysis. Awesome courses!!!” – Oleg “I’m in consulting and I have been able to compare what I’ve learned so far with the materials taught in the course and it’s great because I can pick up the concepts and look at my next projects with this approach. I recommend it for anyone that wants to get into consulting.” – CarlosAnd if you’re still not sure – here’s my promise to you:This course comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee! That means, if you aren’t completely satisfied with your purchase, I’ll give you a refund – no questions asked!Whether you are an aspiring or a seasoned Business Analyst, this course is a must.This course is the second course of the Business Analysis Process Series:Identify and Define the Problem=> Conduct a Strategy Analysis <=Plan the ProjectUnderstand and Elicit RequirementsAnalyze, Model, and Organize RequirementsManage, Prioritize, and Validate RequirementsTransition to the SolutionComplete a Solution EvaluationWhilst taking the previous course isn’t a requirement, I do recommend it as it will help your understanding of the material covered as we will be building on skills and techniques taught in the previous course lectures.By the end of this course, you’ll have learned how to analyze an organization’s situation and subsequently recommend the best strategies to help them take their “big idea” from vision to fruition.So, if you want to earn the prestige of being able to say you’re a Business Analyst who can help organizations make their goals a reality, enroll today.


Section 1: Before We Get Started

Lecture 1 Business Analysis Process Series – Where this course fits

Lecture 2 Student Workbook Reminder

Lecture 3 Additional Notes for the Student Workbook

Lecture 4 Course Resources – for your convenience

Section 2: Welcome to the Course!

Lecture 5 Course Kickoff and Overview

Lecture 6 Udemy Review Prompt

Lecture 7 Explaining Strategy Analysis with an Example

Section 3: Project Basics

Lecture 8 What is a Project?

Lecture 9 Project Terms Defined – Scope, Risk, Constraint, Stakeholder

Lecture 10 What is a Project Team?

Lecture 11 Understanding Project Roles – Project Sponsor, Project Manager, Business Analyst

Lecture 12 IMPORTANT LINKS – Please review and bookmark

Section 4: Analyze the Current State

Lecture 13 Analyze the Current State Overview

Lecture 14 Current – Review Business Needs

Lecture 15 Current – Perform Organizational Assessment

Lecture 16 Current – Understand Capabilities

Lecture 17 Current – Assess Policies and Processes: Policies

Lecture 18 Document Analysis Technique: Overview and Steps

Lecture 19 Document Analysis Technique: Benefits and Cautions

Lecture 20 Document Analysis Technique: Notes Template

Lecture 21 Current – Assess Policies and Processes: Processes

Lecture 22 Process Flowchart Tool: Basics

Lecture 23 Process Flowchart Tool: Swimlanes

Lecture 24 Current – Analyze Technology and Infrastructure

Lecture 25 Current – Understand Business Architecture

Lecture 26 Current – Identify External Influencers

Lecture 27 Current – Bob’s Towing Example (Part 1)

Lecture 28 Current – Bob’s Towing Example (Part 2)

Lecture 29 Current – Bob’s Towing Example (Part 3)

Lecture 30 Current – Bob’s Towing Example (Part 4)

Lecture 31 Analyze the Current State Conclusion

Section 5: Define the Future State

Lecture 32 Define the Future State Overview

Lecture 33 Define the Future State Regardless of Project Size

Lecture 34 Elements of Defining the Future State

Lecture 35 Future – Set Business Goals and Objectives

Lecture 36 Future – Set Business Goals and Objectives: Examples

Lecture 37 Future – Define Solution Scope

Lecture 38 Future – Solution Scope vs Project Scope

Lecture 39 Future – Writing Solution Scope Statements

Lecture 40 Future – Verifying Solution Scope

Lecture 41 Solution Scope: Notes Template

Lecture 42 Future – Identify Constraints

Lecture 43 Future – Define Changes to the Organizations

Lecture 44 Future – Identify Assumptions

Lecture 45 Future – Validate Potential Value

Lecture 46 Real World Application of Current and Future States

Lecture 47 Future – Bob’s Towing Example (Part 1)

Lecture 48 Future – Bob’s Towing Example (Part 2)

Lecture 49 Define the Future State Conclusion

Section 6: Assess Risks

Lecture 50 Assess Risks Overview

Lecture 51 Steps to Assess Risks

Lecture 52 Assess Risks – Identify Risks

Lecture 53 Brainstorming Technique: Basics

Lecture 54 Brainstorming Technique: Steps to Conduct

Lecture 55 Brainstorming Technique: Benefits & Cautions

Lecture 56 Brainstorming Technique: Template

Lecture 57 Assess Risks – Determine Probability and Impact

Lecture 58 Workshop Technique: Basics

Lecture 59 Workshop Technique: Steps to Conduct

Lecture 60 Workshop Technique: Benefits & Cautions

Lecture 61 Workshop Technique: Template

Lecture 62 Assess Risks – Workshop Technique: Tying it in

Lecture 63 Assess Risks – Prioritize Risks

Lecture 64 Risk List & Assessment Template

Lecture 65 Assess Risks – Determine Risk Tolerance

Lecture 66 Assess Risks – Identify Actions

Lecture 67 Assess Risks – Bob’s Towing Example (Part 1)

Lecture 68 Assess Risks – Bob’s Towing Example (Part 2)

Lecture 69 Assess Risks – Conclusion

Section 7: Determine a Strategy

Lecture 70 Determine a Strategy Overview

Lecture 71 Strategy – Review Solution Scope

Lecture 72 Strategy – Conduct a Gap Analysis

Lecture 73 Gap Analysis Template

Lecture 74 Strategy – Identify Options

Lecture 75 Strategy – Analyze Options: Feasibility

Lecture 76 Strategy – Analyze Options: Solution Scope & Goals

Lecture 77 Strategy – Analyze Options: Cost-Benefit Analysis

Lecture 78 Cost-Benefit Analysis Template

Lecture 79 Strategy – Analyze Options: Techniques & Tools

Lecture 80 Strategy – Make Recommendations

Lecture 81 Scoring Matrix Template

Lecture 82 Strategy – Choose a Methodology

Lecture 83 Strategy – Methodology Schedule Comparison

Lecture 84 Strategy – Adaptive vs Predictive

Lecture 85 Strategy – Breaking the Methodologies Down

Lecture 86 Strategy – Determine Project Schedule

Lecture 87 Strategy – Transitions and Releases

Lecture 88 Strategy – Bob’s Towing Example (Part 1)

Lecture 89 Strategy – Bob’s Towing Example (Part 2)

Lecture 90 Strategy – Bob’s Towing Example (Part 3)

Lecture 91 Strategy – Bob’s Towing Example (Part 4)

Lecture 92 Determine a Strategy Conclusion

Section 8: Create a Business Case

Lecture 93 Create a Business Case Overview

Lecture 94 What is a Business Case and how it is used?

Lecture 95 Business Case – Adaptive

Lecture 96 Business Case – Adaptive Example

Lecture 97 Business Case – Predictive

Lecture 98 Business Case – Bob’s Towing Example (Part 1)

Lecture 99 Business Case – Verifying Predictive Business Case

Lecture 100 Business Case – Presenting Predictive Business Case

Lecture 101 Business Case – Presenting Adaptive Business Case

Lecture 102 Business Case – Bob’s Towing Example (Part 2)

Section 9: Centron Example and Scenario

Lecture 103 Introduction to the Centron example

Lecture 104 Introducing Centron and the University of Wisconsin

Lecture 105 Centron’s Culture

Lecture 106 Activity: Document Analysis on Centron’s Organizational Chart

Lecture 107 Centron Organizational Assessment

Lecture 108 Centron’s Capabilities

Lecture 109 Activity: Document Analysis on Centron’s Project Proposal

Lecture 110 Centron’s Project Proposal

Lecture 111 Activity: Document Analysis on Centron’s Process Flowcharts

Lecture 112 Centron’s Processes

Lecture 113 Centron’s Technology

Lecture 114 Activity: Document Analysis on Centron’s Solution Scope

Lecture 115 Centron’s Solution Scope

Lecture 116 Activity: Document Analysis on Centron’s Business Case

Lecture 117 Centron’s UW Project Business Case

Lecture 118 Activity: Document Analysis on Centron’s Risk List

Lecture 119 Centron’s Risk List and Assessment

Lecture 120 Activity: Document Analysis on Centron’s Gap Analysis

Lecture 121 Centron’s Gap Analysis

Lecture 122 Wrapping Up the Centron Example

Section 10: Wrapping Things Up

Lecture 123 Conduct a Strategy Analysis – Conclusion

Lecture 124 Bonus Lecture: Defining your next steps

Aspiring or current Business Analysts,Aspiring or current Project Managers,Business professionals who are tasked with determining the best way to affect change within their organization,Business professionals who are tasked with assessing and mitigating risks of changes within their organization

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Udemy | English | 7h 51m | 3.93 GB
Created by: The BA Guide | Jeremy Aschenbrenner

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