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Webinar on BCS Business Analysis Diploma – Tuesday 28 Jan 2020 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

If you have been thinking about developing your business analysis skills and are considering the BCS Business Analysis Diploma we are running a webinar to give you more information.

Developing business analysis skills will help you be more confident, add structure to your work and feel in charge and less overwhelmed at work.

Find out more about:
1. The structure and content of the diploma
2. What qualifications are included
3. How you achieve the BA diploma
4. If it is the right qualification for you
5. What benefits Metadata Training offers
6. Any questions that you want answering by a trainer

Register for our webinar today and get to know us and how we work to decide if we are the right training partner for you.

Click here to register for the webinar: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_x3W8gZfHS2e1u67k3qtVUA

For questions about the webinar or our BCS Business Analysis Diploma please email us at info@metadatatraining.co.uk.

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Develop business analysis expertise without wasting your training budget – Webinar Wednesday 23 Jan 2019 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

As a specialist business analysis training provider, we can help you develop business analysis skills at no extra cost to your company.

Sounds exciting?

Join our webinar and find out:

1. What is the business analysis apprenticeship programme?
2. Who should consider it?
3. Why do an apprenticeship instead of the BCS Diploma in Business Analysis?
4. What activities and courses do you do on the programme?
5. Can I study and still have time to deliver my projects? And how can Metadata support me?
6. How can I engage my company to enrol myself or a colleague for an apprenticeship programme?
7. Any other questions – 10 to 15 minutes of Q&A at the end of the webinar.

The webinar is delivered by Mike Goodland, the Apprenticeship Director of Metadata Training.

Click here to register for the webinar: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xlrtQ9gyT8e377gM6ln56Q

For questions about the business analyst apprenticeship programme please email us at info@metadatatraining.co.uk.

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ITV workplace technology approached Metadata because we wanted to train 16 staff in agile approaches using public courses such as Scrum Master and Scrum Product Owner. Some of our team were new to agile and others had considerable experience.

After Metadata Training consulted with ITV on their training needs, we collaborated to build a bespoke 3-day course that covered the basics of agile, product owner and scrum master. The first day covered the agile manifesto and general agile principles, the second day focused on product ownership and product vision, and the third on the work of the team from a scrum perspective with some Kanban. The sessions were very interactive with considerable discussion and practical workshop exercises facilitated by a highly knowledgeable, experienced agile practitioner.

From the feedback we got, the delegates felt they now had a shared understanding of agile and how it should work. The training gave everyone ideas and insights into how to apply agile to their projects. All liked the varied methods, interactions and fun activities that brought theory to life. From a financial perspective, the 3-day bespoke courses were delivered at less than half the cost of sending people on individual Scrum courses. It gave ITV the bonus of identifying ways of improving their agile approach and discussing specific team situations.

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Business Analysis Qualifications? Why not join our free session on Wed 26 Feb?

Interested in Business Analysis training?

We are running a free open evening and taster session on Wednesday 26th February from 6:15 pm until 8 pm.

The session is run by one of our trainers and you will get the opportunity to discuss your specific situation and get advice.

Make the right choice for your career.

Click to book session 

For any questions or concerns, please email us at info@metadatatraining.co.uk.

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Business Analysis Qualifications? Why not join our free session on Wed 22 Jan?

Interested in Business Analysis training?

We are running a free open evening and taster session on Wednesday 22nd January from 6:15 pm until 8 pm.

The session is run by one of our trainers and you will get the opportunity to discuss your specific situation and get advice.

Make the right choice for your career.

Click to book session

For any questions or concerns, please email us at info@metadatatraining.co.uk.

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Develop business analysis expertise without wasting your training budget – Webinar Wednesday 11 Dec 2019 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

As a specialist business analysis training provider, we can help you develop business analysis skills at no extra cost to your company.

Sounds exciting?

Join our webinar and find out:

1. What is the business analysis apprenticeship programme?
2. Who should consider it?
3. Why do an apprenticeship instead of the BCS Diploma in Business Analysis?
4. What activities and courses do you do on the programme?
5. Can I study and still have time to deliver my projects? And how can Metadata support me?
6. How can I engage my company to enrol myself or a colleague for an apprenticeship programme?
7. Any other questions – 10 to 15 minutes of Q&A at the end of the webinar.

The webinar is delivered by Mike Goodland, the Apprenticeship Director of Metadata Training.

This webinar has now passed but if you would like to see the recording please register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_divmV7CMTT6b9tZPPut3Jg

For questions about the business analyst apprenticeship programme please email us at info@metadatatraining.co.uk.

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Which course: BCS Foundation in Business Analysis or BCS Business Analysis Practice?

We get asked this question a lot so we decided to give you some advice in a blog post.

Let’s look at the course objectives of each and how the learning is done.

 

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 give the learner a complete overview of business analysis and learn useful tools and techniques.

The learning is done by understanding the theory and then answer multiple choice questions to get the right answer.

The foundation in the title convinces a lot of professionals to start their training with this course. This is not however mandatory. The BCS qualifications are modular which means you can take them in any order and work your way towards the higher level qualification, the BCS Business Analysis certificate.

The course is heavy in theoretical concepts so if you are new to business analysis you will learn a lot. We use mind maps to show how everything relates and make it easy for you to remember the theory for the exam. You will also practice for your exam using our online exam simulation environment.

The exam is a one-hour closed-book examination consisting of 40 multiple-choice questions. The pass mark is 26/40.

To find out more about this course – click here 

 

BCS Business Analysis Practice

This course objective is to learn to apply business analysis techniques to understand the business objectives, analyse project issues, investigate stakeholders perspectives and identify potential business solutions.

This is the type of work you are expected to do before you move on to eliciting requirements. It is a critical part and if not done your time will be wasted on implementing the wrong solution to the wrong business problem. And the wrong solution can have a negative impact on your organisation!

The learning is done by applying the theory to real-world case studies and discussing this in groups and with a very experienced trainer.

The BCS Business Analysis Practice (BAP) is one of the mandatory modules if you want to achieve the BCS Business Analysis Diploma certificate. This means the knowledge you gain on this course is essential to business analysts.

 

Compared to BCS Foundation in Business Analysis it is also a more hands-on, practical course. You will apply the theory to real-world case studies then discuss solutions in groups and with a very experienced trainer. You will clearly understand how the concepts apply to the real world.

 

Because this is a more practical course, we recommend you start your training with this course.

The good thing about doing the course with us is that when you leave the course you will know exactly the preparation and analysis you need to do before moving on to eliciting requirements. Also, you will know how to make sure that the project stakeholders are on board so they don’t jeopardise your project

There’s nothing more wasteful and frustrating than putting a lot of effort into eliciting requirements for change initiatives that the stakeholders don’t want and reject.

The exam for this course is an open book exam based on a case study. It is very similar to the ones we will discuss in class so the chances you will pass are very high. We have a 95% pass rate on this course.

To find out more about this course – click here

 

Which one of the two to choose then?

If you like to first get an understanding of theory and then move to practical work then start with the BCS Foundation in Business Analysis. If you like to learn by doing then start with the BCS Business Analysis Practice. Most delegates do both as they want to achieve the higher qualification, the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis.

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.

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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 actually a separate team of business analysts because the company is so big. When I asked to be transferred to the business analyst team I was told it was a requirement to be a fully qualified BA. And so I got in touch with Metadata to complete my diploma with them and finish my business analyst qualification.

 

What were you doing before?

I’ve been everything in my career from an accountant, a computer programmer, a systems analyst, a project manager and working my way through the IT department. I got earmarked within the IT department as a creative type and someone with good communication skills. That was the start of my formal career as a business analyst and moving into my current role.

 

And what is your role now?

I work as a business analyst in the pensions administration team. We work with companies to deliver outsourced benefits administration services covering pension administration, treasury and accounting, pensioner payroll and trustee secretarial services.

 

What did you learn from taking the diploma?

I found the practical exercises the most helpful. It’s a bit like building a shed; you can sit around drawing diagrams until you’re blue in the face but until you pick up some wood and a hammer you don’t really know what it’s like. In the same way with the courses, knowing everything about the theory is generally not that useful, you need someone who’s been there, done it and can do it again. The practical exercises were where the rubber hit the road and you discovered this is how you do it and this is what the results look like.

 

How have you found working as a BA?

It’s a very varied role which I enjoy. It also requires a good level of interpersonal skill which is something that doesn’t always suit people in IT! In my experience, certain job roles call for a certain type of person and it’s not always possible to mould yourself into what is being asked. For me, being a business analyst I can bring my creativity and communication skills to the fore which really helps.

 

And finally, any tips you’d give for anyone thinking about taking the diploma?

I’ve said it already but be sure you’re comfortable working with people and have good communication skills. On top of this having a naturally analytical mind will also stand you in good stead!

 

Paul Dillon completed his BCS Diploma in Business Analysis. To find out more about this certification – click here.

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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, there are two main bodies who can support professionals in achieving a business analysis qualification: BCS (The British Computer Society) and the IIBA (International Institute of Business Analysis), both of which offer a number of BA qualifications tailored to your experience, career goals and personal preference.

Business Analysis Diploma Qualification

Developed and managed by BCS this remains the most sort-after business analysis qualification in the UK. As it is divided into individual modules,  it is easy for professionals to achieve the relevant certifications within their personal time constraints and according to their specific interests. If you are looking to gain important practical knowledge with hands-on training experience then this is the qualification you should choose.

How do you achieve the diploma?

The BCS diploma in business analysis consists of a foundation and three practitioner qualifications which are followed by an oral exam.

Each qualification stands alone and, in various combinations (IREB and IIBA qualifications also give partial exemptions), leads to the International BCS Diploma in Business Analysis. The delegates can take the four courses over as short a time as 8 continuous days or as several sessions spread over a year.

The courses can be taken at dates and in any order to suit you.

Core Practitioner (both mandatory):

These courses can be taken together in a one-week fast track, see Fast Track Business Analysis Course.

Foundation (choose one of the below):

Practitioner (choose one of the below):

Oral exam preparation

The diploma is completed by a 50-minute oral exam with two examiners. A one-day training day gives excellent preparation for this exam

What do we offer?

Metadata Training offers a variety of cost-effective diploma bundles that can help you achieve the BCS Diploma in Business Analysis at a reduced cost. Click here to find out more.

CBAP/CCBA Qualifications

The CCBA & CBAP qualifications are developed and managed by IIBA (International Institute of Business Analysis) and are very popular outside the UK. The qualification process is more complex and rigorous and unlike the BCS the exams are based on multiple choice questions.

The CCBA & CBAP qualifications offer a more systematic and comprehensive structure of the role of the business analyst and the way they should perform their work. The process, as well as the tools, are fully explained in the BABOK, the standard guide for these qualifications. These qualifications are heavy in theory and there is a lengthy application you need to go through in order to sit the exam.

IIBA has chapters in most countries who organise events for business analysts. They also have online resources for business analysts to use and continue their personal development.

Click here to find out more about this qualifications.

What do we offer?

Metadata Training offers a course to support you achieve the CBAP or the CCBA qualifications. The qualification you choose depends on your current level of experience. Click here to find out more.

Which qualification should you choose?

The BCS Diploma with its modular approach makes it easier for a professional to break the training into smaller chunks and work towards achieving the highly regarded BCS Diploma in Business Analysis. In addition, a significant attraction to the BCS Diploma is the fact that it has no expiration date

Achieving one of the IIBA qualifications requires more commitment and dedication because it’s based on the BABOK guide which contains a high amount of theory and it involves a lengthy application process where you need to detail your experience and provide references. In achieving this you will be part of a selected group of professionals who are highly committed to a continual professional development as the qualifications need to be renewed every 5 years.

If you still need more advice on which qualifications to choose or where to start, you can download our business analysis guide or speak with a course advisor today on 020 7272 3726.

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BCS Business Analysis Exams Tips

BCS business analysis exams tips can prove useful if you want to successfully pass your exams first time. Exams can be tough especially if you haven’t done one in a very long time.

We put together a few exam tips that will help you approach exams with confidence and  successfully pass your BCS business analysis exams to (more…)

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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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Three areas to consider when evaluating off-the-shelf solutions

For most business and public sector organisations, there are areas where developing ‘bespoke’ or specially-written software is out of the question. In these areas, selecting an off-the-shelf solution is now the only realistic way to access enhanced software capabilities. (more…)

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Soft Skills for Business Analysts – Introducing a series of workshops

Advance your career with soft skills. Would you like to master soft skills you need as a business analyst, project manager or professional working in a demanding work environment? Then we have the right workshops for you.  (more…)

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Business Analyst of the Year 2016

Not quite the Oscars or the BAFTAs or the Booker, or even the Nobel prize but still a massive achievement. Wednesday, November 2016 I had the honour of attending the UK IT awards and seeing Donna Carey of Telefonica awarded Business Analyst of the Year. (more…)

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BCS Business Analysis Exams Tips

BCS business analysis exams tips can prove useful if you want to successfully pass your exams the first time. Exams can be tough especially if you haven’t done one in a very long time.

We put together a few exam tips that will help you approach exams with confidence and successfully pass your BCS business analysis exams to achieve the BCS business analysis qualifications and get the Business Analysis Diploma.

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BCS Business Analysis Exams Tips for Foundation level

The BCS business analysis qualifications at foundation level can be achieved by passing a one-hour multiple-choice business analysis exam which consists of 40 questions. Each question offers 4 alternatives and there is no negative marking. You need to pass 26 out of 40 to pass the exam.

You should study the material very carefully as the exam follows the theory quite closely. As you are not penalised for your mistakes; if you don’t know the answer you should eliminate the definitely incorrect and guess the most likely from the remaining answers. Attempt all 40 questions – you will have plenty of time – most candidates finish in less than 45 minutes. Resist the temptation to rework answers. Research on the results of multiple-choice examinations suggests that when students return to previous questions they often undo a previously correct answer. The first, more intuitive answer is usually the correct one.

 

BCS Business Analysis Exams Tips for Practitioner level

The practitioner level exams are open book and based on a case study scenario. You will have 15 minute reading time, followed by one hour writing time. If your first language is not English you will get an extra 15 minutes writing time (also if you normally get extra time in exams for conditions like dyslexia).

The exams are set and marked by your BCS exam provider. The exam papers and marking schemes are approved and audited by BCS.

The pass mark is 50%, (moderation by another marker is required if the mark is between 45% and 55%). The exam providers send your results to BCS, notify you of the result including your mark (up to 6 weeks after the exam – often much sooner), and BCS will issue an e-certificate (up to 8 weeks)

A variety of qualifications are offered in business analysis topics. The practitioner exams always follow the same format: you are given a scenario describing a business area on which you have to answer questions relating to the analysis topic chosen.

Before starting the exam proper you have 15 minutes reading time – you can read the exam paper, any notes or books that you have. It is useful to refer to practice exam papers and any suggested answers — Metadata provides you with two sample papers and answers for each BCS certificate topic. During this time you are not allowed to write anything nor are you allowed to use a highlighter.

Normally the questions total 50 marks with a pass mark of 25 /50 – 50%. There is no choice of questions so you should attempt all to maximise your chance of success. Marks for questions are not normally equally divided – question 1 could be 10 marks; question 2, 20; question 3, 8; and question 4, 12. Each question usually relates to one syllabus topic but is often divided into several parts. You have one hour to complete your answers so should normally allow about 1 minute per mark – so you spend about 10 minutes on a 10 mark question. Time is often a problem and you will need to think and write quickly.

All practitioner level BCS exams are set by your BCS business analysis course provider and are checked by independent auditors from the BCS. They try to set a common standard that applies to all exams and ensure that BCS exams are covering the syllabus and that exam providers are marking fairly. However, each exam provider will have written the exam to fit with their own courses and will, to some extent, be preparing you for that exam.

 

You should talk to your course provider about the style of answering questions. Metadata Training gives their candidates the following advice:

  1. Make sure you answer every part of every question.
  2. Make your answers as specific to the scenario as you can
  3. Use the information given in the scenario as far as possible, most of the answers should be provided within the scenario (it can be useful to highlight or mark the question paper after the reading time). For example, a Business Analysis Practice BCS exam using an estate agency case study might ask you to do a PESTLE analysis (6 marks) — under Economic; recession, or falling house prices would be a reasonable answer (but ONLY if it were mentioned in the question).
  4. Bullet point style answers are acceptable if you find these quicker to write, but flowing prose is also OK
  5. Don’t worry about the legibility of your writing or of your diagrams, we will have seen worse!
  6. You have to write in ink and we recommend you just cross out any errors
  7. When drawing diagrams (e.g. use case diagrams or business activity models) show as many items as you reasonably can. You will not get penalised as long as these are reasonable, and are justifiably within the scope of the scenario. The marker will be following a marking scheme which will reward certain specific items. Thus a use case diagram in an exam worth 12 marks could expect 8 marks for use cases, 2 marks for actors, and 2 marks for communication channels. If your diagram only shows 4 use cases then, even if these are perfect, you can only get 4/8 marks for this part. However, if your diagram shows 10 use cases of which 6 roughly correspond to those in the model answer and the other 4 are reasonable but do not correspond then you will score at least 6/8 and possibly more.
  8. Some questions ask for a number of specific points e.g. identify 2 stakeholders (2 marks)

 

BCS Business Analysis Exams Tips for Diploma level

Once candidates have obtained the appropriate number of modules for the Business Analysis Diploma, they will be eligible to sit an oral examination. The BCS business analysis oral exam will test the communication abilities of the candidate, their ability to apply knowledge to their own, or simulated, work environment.

The oral will last for 45 minutes to an hour and will involve two examiners. It is recommended by the BCS that candidates take the oral examination within six months of completing the set of written examinations but we recommend that students should apply as soon as they have passed their last exam. However there is no BCS time limit.

The oral practice day is to give candidates the chance to get used to answering questions that are designed to show their practical understanding of the theory that they have learnt during the training courses.part of our preparation includes evening webinars to which all diploma candidates are invited.

Before taking the test candidates complete a form that shows their history of working in Business Analysis. We will help you complete the form. This form is partially used as a basis for the questions candidates will be asked by the examiners.

We will also go through the marking scheme with you so that you have a clearer idea of what to expect in the oral.

These three processes should highlight any weaknesses that candidates have in time to do something about them before the exam.

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