RG Freeman Group is pleased to announce the approval and endorsement for 4 of our courses!

  1. Agile for Business Analysts
  2. Agile Scrum Team Workshop
  3. Overview of Agile
  4. Problem Determination Root Cause Analysis

Approved Course #1:
Our two day Agile for BAs course is approved and endorsed by both IIBA (CDUs) and PMI (PDUs) for 14 professional development-credit hours.
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The Agile for Business Analysts class is aligned to the new IIBA®-AAC™ Certification (IIBA® Agile Analysis Certification™) The AAC is a level two professional certification on the IIBA Competency Model, perfect for business analysts who want to demonstrate they have the skills and expertise needed to be an effective business analyst working in an Agile team. Agile is a high growth area, as is the demand for Business Analysts, and IIBA foresees this trend to continue. Agile was ranked first in the top three areas business analysts perform in their work in the 2017 IIBA Annual Business Analysis Salary Survey. BAs working in an Agile space also reported earning up to 30% more income!

To quote from one of my favorite thought leaders, Angela Wick an expert in both the BA and Agile space:
Angela Wick recently published her article on the 5 reasons why Agile BAs are critical to an Agile Team: https://www.batimes.com/angela-wick/5-reasons-bas-are-critical-to-an-agile-team.html

5 reasons why Agile BAs are critical to an Agile Team

  1. Many large organizations are struggling with the product owner role. They need BAs to partner with POs to bring customer focus as the team refines the backlog and delivers the work. BAs help manage value delivery!
  2. BAs have a holistic and detailed view of the customer, user, data, processes and systems. Without this view, teams will struggle to deliver solutions that hit the speed, relevance, and quality metrics leaders are looking for agile teams to hit.
  3. BAs truly care and have compassion and empathy for users. It’s in their DNA! When empowered to make users and customers awesome, BAs will rise to the occasion and represent the user needs on the team.
  4. Great BAs speed up the team by having backlog items ready for the team. BAs can facilitate high-quality and fast feedback loops with users/customers which are critical to agile, speed and innovation success!
  5. BAs are T-Shaped skilled team players. Great BAs have a wide skill set that comprises of technical, leadership, business, analytical, facilitation and communication skills needed to help agile teams thrive! T-Shaped team members, are those that have deep expertise with the ability to collaborate cross functionally, to apply their deep knowledge and skills in other areas to benefit the team.

Is agile analysis leading to success on your agile team? Are BAs empowered to truly play a BA role to help their agile teams deliver real value?

If your team or organization is taking the Scrum Guide too literally and missing out on analysis, you might be missing the key agile success—using an Agile BA!

Approved Course #2:
Our 2-day Agile Scrum Team Workshop puts the agile team through their paces, by showing them how to conduct the five (5) scrum ceremonies, while simulating key activities within a sprint, all while using their own project as a case study for the exercises. There are 20 team breakout exercises over two days that is a simulation of all the moving parts and the roles that the teams play in a 2 -4 week Agile Sprint!
Agile Scrum Team Workshop (AGL-22B)
PMI has approved and endorsed this very popular course for 14 PDUs.

Here are some of the comments from our clients who have attended this workshop:

“The most hands-on, interactive training class that I’ve ever taken. We broke into three project teams, whereby each team identified a unique project; we wrote user stories, conducted sprint planning, and reviewed progress through Scrum boards and burn-down charts.”

“I have taken ‘agile’ training before, but the real-life application of this course was extremely valuable.”

“I definitely think that this is a course we should be considering for future years, and I would highly recommend for our teams that are trying to move towards an Agile methodology.”

Approved Course #3:
The Agile 101 Overview of Agile course introduces its attendees to the core values, principles, and practices of Agile. This course discusses how to plan and manage Agile practices, not only those in Scrum. The course also goes into greater depth about all the roles and responsibilities on the team and not just the ScrumMaster and Product Owner roles.
Agile-101 Overview of Agile - 7 PDUs

Many of today’s Project Management and Business Analyst Professionals are finding themselves leading, managing and conducting analysis while on Agile development teams. We have found that many of the tools and techniques applied during a traditional project management approach no longer work as effectively, or at all. In order to do more than survive in this iterative development environment, today’s Project Managers and Business Analysts must employ additional project management and business analysis tools and techniques to effectively lead their teams and deliver projects successfully.

Approved Course #4:
Our two day Problem Determination-Root Cause Analysis course has been approved for 14 professional development hours (PDUs) from PMI. The class is proactive and strategic. Excellent problem determination skills cannot be acquired simply by reading a book. They mostly come from experience as well as discipline. After this course, you should have a general understanding of a structured problem determination approach, which you can then apply in your daily work to gain more experience.
BA17 Problem Determination Root Cause Analysis (RCA)
Business success is dependent on effective resolution of the problems that present themselves every day. Failure to identify the root cause of problems often leads to ineffective solutions, and recurring problems, which results in business interruptions, dissatisfied customers, and support costs that are higher than they could be if the problems were effectively solved by identifying and addressing their root causes.

Learn to find and fix root causes and develop corrective actions that will effectively eliminate or control these problems.

For more information on any of our courses please visit our website at www.rgfgroup.com or email us at info@rgfgroup.com