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How can Rich Pictures help you solve problems?

What is a rich picture? A Rich Picture is a simple way of communicating ideas, or expressing issues or problems visually. Peter Checkland included Rich Pictures as part of his analysis of the current situation within Soft Systems Methodology. The rich picture is a technique for documenting a chaotic situation for which no other modelling […]

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What will you learn on the Business Analyst Apprenticeship?

Overview of Programme The IS Business Analyst Apprenticeship is a level 4 apprenticeship spanning over 13 -18 months with 20% off-the-job training. The programme aims to help apprentices develop business analysis soft skills. It Includes the BCS BA Diploma and Agile qualifications. Typical job roles include: IS Business Analyst IT Business Analyst Business Systems Analyst […]

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Learn to create Swimlane Diagrams

Are you a Business Analyst, Business Consultant or Business Manager? Do you want to learn how to efficiently model business processes? A Swimlane Diagram is a technique to model the workflow that occurs between various teams in an organisation. The Swimlane Diagram is important to a BA as you need to understand two key points. […]

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3 approaches to train your team in business analysis

If you are a manager who needs to train their team in business analysis then this article discussed possible routes for training for your team. If you would prefer to speak with a course adviser then you can call us on 020 7272 3726 or request a call back by clicking here (https://metadatatraining.co.uk/contact-us/). In-house Training […]

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How much time do I need to spend learning if I enrol in the business a...

Are you thinking to enroll in the Business Analyst Programme and want to know how much time you will have to spend learning and if it is something you can achieve considering your work commitments? We are providing you in this article an estimate of the type of learning activities you are expected to do […]

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Where to start your business analyst training if you have no business ...

Are you or one of your staff looking to move into a business analyst role and have no or very little experience? You might be wondering where to start your training and we are providing more information in this article. If you are looking to train your staff in business analysis and your company is […]

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Which qualification to choose BCS Diploma in Business Analysis or APMG...

Agile is a trendy topic at the moment. To keep up with a fast-changing world you need to be agile. But first, you need to understand agile. So getting a recognised qualification seems like the best place to start in your journey to prove to employers that you can work in an agile environment. The […]

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Want to experience our virtual courses? Join our Free Course Taster

Looking to achieve a business analysis or agile qualification and want to find out how we run the virtual courses? Then join our course taster every other Tuesday from 6:30 pm and find out what to expect from a virtual course and if it is right for you, meet one of our experienced trainers, take […]

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How we support you develop business analysis expertise during the pand...

We are aware the pandemic has brought challenges for all professionals including our customers and delegates. We want to support the business analysts community and all professionals looking to develop business analysis skills and expertise to prepare for the future. In order to do this we implemented the following initiatives to make your training experience […]

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Develop Your Business Analysis Skills for Free with our Lunch & L...

Want to develop business analysis skills and continue your personal development? Attend our virtual Lunch and Learn hands-on, practical sessions, and develop business analysis skills for free. Each session focuses on teaching you a specific business analysis technique that we think is essential for BAs. They are delivered by expert trainers. Attend the session virtually […]

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Learn about Business Analyst Certifications – Which one is right...

A professional qualification is a significant investment in your career and it is important to have a clear understanding of what is available so you can make the right decision. We are reviewing in this post all the qualifications available, who are they for, and what you will learn.   BCS Business Analysis Diploma Certification […]

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Learn to create Use Case Diagram – A great Tool for Business Ana...

Benefits of using Use case Diagrams to Business Analysts: Establish and communicate the scope of a system Easily communicate with stakeholders what an IT or business system should do and who are the users who will interact with the system A great tool to aid communication between business users, stakeholders, business analysts, and IT specialists […]

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Why is Requirements Engineering important?

Are you a Business Analyst? Do you work on Business Change Projects? IT is both a driver and an enabler of business change, which means that often as a business analyst, it will be part of your Business Change project. Without the right requirements the project won’t deliver and this is where requirements engineering comes […]

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Considering the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis?

If you’re new to Business Analysis, or looking to grow your experience and confidence in your Business Analysis role, then the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis can help you. Having a qualification helps to underpin your knowledge with an internationally recognised framework, to build the solid foundations for a successful career in Business Analysis. […]

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Watch one of our trainers in action: Rod Simpson explains how everythi...

Considering the BCS Diploma in Business Analysis? New to business analysis or not, a lot of people struggle to piece together the learning from different modules. Rod Simpson, one of our highly-rated trainers has created a diagram to help explain how everything fits together in business analysis, so you can leave each course with confidence. […]

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Meet our Apprenticeship Mentor: Jason Thompson

We know there are often so many questions when it comes to considering an apprenticeship, and so we’re on a mission to help you understand what’s involved, how an apprenticeship is structured, and what your personal journey might look like. Meet our Apprenticeship Mentor, Jason. This week, we’re focusing on our mentors – a team […]

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Now is the time for change managers to develop business analysis exper...

Is now the time to develop business analysis expertise by up-skilling current staff? If your team’s role is to deliver business change for your organisation, the short answer is Yes.  Because of Covid-19 and Brexit, change is happening at a faster rate. And change managers need to deliver that change fast.  Do you have the […]

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Modern Apprenticeships: surprisingly suitable for all ages

The term apprenticeship often conjures up the idea of a 16 school-leaver, fresh out of their education and looking to kick-start their career. In fact, the modern apprenticeship is a completely different way to train. Overhauled in 2017 by the Department for Education, the apprenticeship programme is intended to address two significant problems in the […]

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Business Analysts can change the world!

Business Analysis is about CHANGE ensuring that all stakeholders are involved understanding their needs, wants and issues specifying the agreed changes that bring the most value to all working with IT and other partners to build the processes and systems  that support the change helping embed the changes with all stakeholders and ensuring that value […]

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7 tips for passing the BCS Business Analysis exam

If you’re looking to pass the BCS Business Analysis exam questions,  you’ve come to the right place! With the right preparations, you can easily ace your exams. Rod Simpson, one of our highly-rated trainers has put together these tips to help you approach your BCS Business Analysis Exam questions with confidence. What are multiple-choice exams? […]

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BCS Business Analysis Sample Exam Questions & Tips

  Are you considering taking the BCS Business Analysis exams, but have some concerns? Maybe you’re all ready to book your BCS Business Analysis exam, but worried about what to expect? Maybe you’re just curious about the type of questions you’ll get asked in the exam. Worry over, we’ve put together a handy little sample […]

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Which course: BCS Foundation in Business Analysis or BCS Business Anal...

  We get asked this question a lot so we decided to give you some advice in an article. To get more tips on which qualifications to choose and where to start make sure you download our business analysis guide – click here to download. BCS Foundation in Business Analysis The course objectives are to […]

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Stories from the workplace – Paul Dillon

Paul Dillon completed his Diploma in Business Analysis with Metadata in 2016. Here we ask him a few questions about why he took the course and his experience. Paul, what made you decide to take the diploma? I was already doing a business analyst type role in my department but I didn’t realise there was […]

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What qualifications do you need to be a business analyst?

Demand for business analysis skills has increased as the pace of change has grown. Often this is driven by technology, the traditional BA role ‘bridges the gap’ between business experts and technical software teams. Apart from business analysts, project managers, business change managers, product owners and software developers benefit from BA training and qualifications. Currently, […]

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Become a Business Analyst

We are often asked the following questions: How do you become a business analyst? Can the business analysis qualifications help me get into business analysis? We would like to share with you our experience and thoughts. Many professionals engage in business analysis work in their current job even though they don’t have a business analyst title.

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Business Analysis Weekend Courses

We run weekend courses to support busy professionals continue their professional development without taking time off. Our weekend courses are very popular and allow our delegates the flexibility they need to achieve their qualifications.

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