ERP Projects and Business Analysis


Length: 1 day

This course pairs well with the Business Analysis Certificate

  • Business Analysts
  • Those who perform the role of business analyst on an ERP Implementation Project

After taking this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Illustrate key principles and concepts regarding the ERP Business Case
  2. Describe architecture and understand how ERP fits into IT Enterprise Architecture (with a focus on SAP)
  3. Define and demystify data and master data through the use of “real-world” examples
  4. Describe silos and explain how ERP breaks down business silos through business process integration
  5. Define exactly how business process is relevant to ERP projects, especially with the use of master data and business process mapping
  6. Understand analytics to achieve vertical benefit
  7. Describe and perform basic Business Process Modeling tasks and understand their relevance to the ERP Business Case
  8. Understand the core principles of ERP Projects and the business analyst’s role in managing change

This course does not have a prerequisite requirement.

Price: $295.00 Early Bird Pricing: $265.50 until March 15, 2017.

  • Course Texts: no texts are used in this course
  • Food: Lunch is included in a daytime course or a light meal with an evening course.
  • Free Parking
  • .96 CEU’s awarded for attendance

New registration dates coming soon.

If you are registering through the workforce center, you must have your counselor contact IPD directly at institute@metrostate.edu

Business Analysis Capstone: This Wasn’t in the BABOK ®! Real-World BA Applications


Length: 2 days.

  • Business Analysts
  • Project Managers
  • CIOs
  • CFOs
  • CHROs
  • Enterprise Architects
  • Team Leaders
  • Or anyone who wants one of the above roles in the future
  • CBAPs who want an interactive practice experience

After taking this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand and apply how the role of the business analyst works in a project team
  2. Refine understanding of analysis and how it is used
  3. Make choices of which techniques should be applied to a situation for the best outcome
  4. Recognize the role of the human element and learn to expedite techniques that capitalize on that wild card that is a part of any project or process

Participants must have completed the following courses:

  1. Introduction to Business Analysis
  2. Requirements Elicitation and Scope
  3. Requirements Analysis
  4. Business Analysis Planning
  5. Supporting and Managing Requirements

Price: $849.00 Early Bird Pricing: $764.10 until March 28, 2018

If your organization has at least 6 participants and you desire to host the class at your site or if you would like to customize this course specifically for your organization, contact Beth Schaefer at 651-999-5834 or beth.schaefer@metrostate.edu

Spring Term:

  • Wednesday, April 25, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

If you are registering through the workforce center, you must have your counselor contact IPD directly at institute@metrostate.edu

Supporting and Managing Requirements


Length: 1 day.

  • Business Analysts
  • Project Managers
  • CIOs
  • CFOs
  • CHROs
  • Enterprise Architects
  • Team Leaders
  • Or anyone who wants one of the above roles in the future
  • CBAPs who want to hone their skills in supporting and managing requirements

After taking this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Document and package requirements for different audiences and needs from custom development to prepackaged software
  2. Trace requirements, validating and verifying them throughout the project
  3. Use Request for Information (RFI), Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and Request for Proposal (RFP) processes
  4. Understand where and when a business analyst fits into testing practices
  5. Assess the quality of a requirement
  6. Manage changes/change control processes
  7. Package and allocate requirements to solution components.

Please note that while this course will thoroughly cover the philosophy and concepts in the BABOK® it is not designed to serve as an exam preparation course.

CBAP or the courses: Introduction to Business Analysis and Requirements Elicitation and Scope, or a thorough understanding of the competencies in those courses.

Price: $445.00 Early Bird Pricing$400.50 until March 14, 2018

If your organization has at least 6 participants and you desire to host the class at your site or if you would like to customize this course specifically for your organization, contact Beth Schaefer at 651-999-5834 or beth.schaefer@metrostate.edu

“I will use the gap analysis tool at my desk tomorrow on my current project.” – spring 2017 participant

Spring Term

  • Wednesday, April 11, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

If you are registering through the workforce center, you must have your counselor contact IPD directly at institute@metrostate.edu

Business Analysis Planning


Length: 1 day.

  • Business Analysts
  • Project Managers
  • CIOs
  • CFOs
  • CHROs
  • Enterprise Architects
  • Team Leaders
  • Or anyone who wants one of the above roles in the future
  • CBAPs who need to apply BABOK® concepts to workplace situations

After taking this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Perform stakeholder analysis with a variety of diagrams, approaches and techniques
  2. Identify gaps: understanding current and future states of the business/solution
  3. Use scope documentation for planning purposes
  4. Determine which business analysis approach to take and the impacts on planning
  5. Determine what activities are needed and what deliverables should be produced
  6. Differentiate between the planning a business analyst does and that of the project manager
  7. Prioritize requirements, determine risks, and understand how they impact planning
  8. Plan, estimate, and communicate business analysis work
  9. Apply business analysis metrics

Please note that while this course will thoroughly cover the philosophy and concepts in the BABOK® it is not designed to serve as an exam preparation course.

CBAP or the courses: Introduction to Business Analysis and Requirements Elicitation and Scope, or a thorough understanding of the competencies in those courses.

Price: $445.00 Early Bird Pricing: $400.50 until February 20, 2018

If your organization has at least 6 participants and you desire to host the class at your site or if you would like to customize this course specifically for your organization, contact Beth Schaefer at 651-999-5834 or beth.schaefer@metrostate.edu

“I found all skills and topics to be useful.” – from spring 2017 participant

Spring Term

  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

If you are registering through the workforce center, you must have your counselor contact IPD directly at institute@metrostate.edu

Requirements Analysis


Length: 2 days.

  • Business Analysts
  • Project Managers
  • CIOs
  • CFOs
  • CHROs
  • Enterprise Architects
  • Team Leaders
  • Or anyone who wants one of the above roles in the future
  • CBAPs who need specific skill-honing on requirements analysis

After taking this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand of the importance of requirements analysis and modeling
  2. Recognize which models to use when, why, and how much for specific audiences
  3. Know the standards and naming conventions for each model
  4. Learn and practice various techniques including:
    • Process modeling (such as swimlanes and process flow)
    • Data modeling
    • Use case modeling
    • Prototyping
    • Decision Modeling
    • Business rules
  5. Identify the inputs and outputs of modeling and how to determine missing requirements
  6. Learn what to do when requirements analysis and modeling uncover additional requirements
  7. Apply the process of requirements elaboration and the iterations from elicitation to analysis

Please note that while this course will thoroughly cover the philosophy and concepts in the BABOK® it is not designed to serve as an exam preparation course.

CBAP or the courses: Introduction to Business Analysis and Requirements Elicitation and Scope, or a thorough understanding of the competencies in those courses.

Price: $799.99 Early Bird Pricing$719.10 until Jan. 30, 2018

“All my coworkers could use this course.” – from spring 2017 participant 

 “Fun way to learn.” – from spring 2017 participant

Spring Term

  • Tuesday, February 27, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 28, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

If you are registering through the workforce center, you must have your counselor contact IPD directly at institute@metrostate.edu

Requirements Elicitation and Scope


Length: 2 days.

  • Business Analysts
  • Project Managers
  • CIOs
  • CFOs
  • CHROs
  • Enterprise Architects
  • Team Leaders
  • Or anyone who wants one of the above roles in the future
  • CBAPs who need additional skill-honing on requirements and scope elicitation

After taking this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Learn to facilitate a requirements workshop
  2. Choose meeting approaches based on purpose
  3. Identify the different types of requirements and who plays a role in forming a solution scope to address overall project needs:
    1. Business
    2. Stakeholder
    3. Functional
    4. Non-functional
    5. Transition
    6. Project
  4. Understand different elicitation techniques, including how and when to use them
  5. Apply basic facilitation approaches, including context/scope modeling, context diagrams, and solution diagrams
  6. Appreciate group dynamics and their effect on elicitation
  7. Recognize other impacts on requirements, such as business rules, constraints, assumptions, issues, and risks
  8. Apply basic facilitation approaches, including context/scope modeling, context diagrams, and solution diagrams

Please note that while this course will thoroughly cover the philosophy and concepts in the BABOK® it is not designed to serve as an exam preparation course.

CBAP, Introduction to Business Analysis, or a thorough understanding of the competencies in that course.

Price: $799.99 Early Bird Pricing$719.10 until January 18, 2018

If your organization has at least 6 participants and you desire to host the class at your site or if you would like to customize this course specifically for your organization, contact Beth Schaefer at 651-999-5834 or beth.schaefer@metrostate.edu

Every participant rated this course with 4 out of 4 stars.

Spring Term

  • Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, February 16, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

If you are registering through the workforce center, you must have your counselor contact IPD directly at institute@metrostate.edu

Introduction to Business Analysis


Length: 1 day

  • Business Analysts
  • Project Managers
  • CIOs
  • CFOs
  • CHROs
  • Enterprise Architects
  • Team Leaders
  • Or anyone who wants one of the above roles in the future

After taking this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand how projects work and avoid project failure
  2. Recognize the role and responsibilities of a business analyst: how the standards have evolved and how organizations currently use this function.
  3. Identify the key competencies of a business analyst
  4. Appreciate the methodology of analytics
  5. Learn the types of requirements, their purpose, and how to elicit them
  6. Facilitate change using business analysis techniques
  7. Understand the importance of engaging stakeholders
  8. Learn to understand and value stakeholder perspectives

Please note that while this course will thoroughly cover the philosophy and concepts in the BABOK® it is not designed to serve as an exam preparation course.

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Price: $445.00 Early Bird Pricing: $400.50 until January 3, 2018

“It was fun and interesting and enjoyable!” – Trish Johnson 

 “Presents a good outline of the business analyst profession.” – from spring 2017 participant

Spring Term

  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

If you are registering through the workforce center, you must have your counselor contact IPD directly at institute@metrostate.edu