The Business Analyst Blueprint
Your Roadmap to BA Success

Next Session Starts January 31, 2018

Launch Your Career and

Fill Your Toolbox with Skills for Success

While Earning 36 PDs / CDUs / PDUs / Contact Hours for Certification

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Are you ready to find more fulfilling, more financially rewarding work as a business analyst, but getting stopped because you don’t have the necessary experience?

Or perhaps you are in a business analyst job role, but you don’t feel truly respected or fully confident in your skills?

Or maybe you are ready to pursue a professional certification from IIBA® or PMI®, and are looking for a comprehensive program that provides the professional credits you need while also providing you with tools to actually elevate your career?

When you join The Business Analyst Blueprint you’ll learn all of the core business analysis techniques. This is premium, virtual, interactive training program and, even if you aren’t yet an “official” business analyst, you will become more confident in using structured, formal business analysis practices that will solidify and accelerate your business analyst career.

We ran the first session of The Business Analyst Blueprint in early 2017 and our participants experienced so much success last year, that we just had to start 2018 off the same way!

The Business Analyst Blueprint
is a virtual and interactive,
business analyst training program
**Only scheduled session in 2018,
we start January 31**

The Business Analyst Blueprint will support you as you expand your business analyst experience and gain confidence in your business analyst skills. What’s more, it’s worth 36 PDs / CDUs / PDUs / Contact hours so it supports your certification and re-certification needs for the ECBA, CCBA®, or CBAP® from IIBA®, along with the PMP® or PMI-PBA from PMI.

With The Business Analyst Blueprint, you’ll get started expanding your business analyst experience right away, by analyzing and documenting a business process.

In addition to on-demand instruction you can take with you anytime, anywhere, and templates you can use to get started right away, you’ll be able to ask your questions in our live webinar sessions (participation is optional and recordings will be available) and submit your sample work for instructor review and feedback.

(Employers tend to love our learning model because you can fully participate while keeping up with your project commitments. In fact, your project work can actually become part of the course, so the training can deliver an immediate return to your organization.)

The program starts January 31, 2018, and this is the only virtual, interactive session scheduled this year. What’s more, it’s the last session being offered at introductory pricing, saving you $1,000. Registration is open now and the last day to register is Tuesday, January 30.

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Get recognized for your
business analyst skills

The Business Analyst Blueprint covers 12 core business analysis techniques across the 3 different perspectives of requirements analysis.

As you move from analyzing a business process through the 3 modules of the program, you’ll learn the key skills for business analysis success, including use cases, wireframes, user stories, and core data modeling skills, along with the critical communication techniques that help you discover the right requirements and collaborate with business and technical stakeholders.

In short, you’ll leave the program having done all of the core work of a business analyst, even if it’s in pieces and parts across multiple different initiatives, so you’ll be more ready than ever to take on a more recognized business analyst role on an end-to-end project.

What’s more, when you do this work, all of a sudden, you find yourself more confident, more skilled, and more experienced. And that means you are able to elevate yourself into a more full-fledged business analyst role.

“The biggest change that has happened is that this course has enabled me to better correlate the ‘systems analysis’ work I performed 20 years ago to the ‘business analysis’ work I am seeking today.”

– Cathy Warren, Health Ministry Program Director

“I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to grasp the concepts as well as I would have if I was in an ‘in-person’ training course. I also thought that it may be hard to drive myself in my own time to complete the course.

As a result of participating, I immediately gained recognition by my people leader for completing the course. Subsequently, I was able to take the lead in a requirements piece and actually implemented theory I had learned and practiced during the course in a real world, important project for my employer. This was successful and well received results.

It’s great to see the business analyst profession presented in an organized and practical manner. The training courses are well thought out, and detail real world steps and scenarios which help clear the ambiguity in some of the theory that is being taught.”

– Chris Traianou, Australian Business Analyst

“These lessons have helped me understand the fundamentals of being a business analyst. We don’t apply these tools and techniques and I hope to use them and implement the tools as part of my job. I now have more knowledge about what my role could be and the new information I have learned can help me revamp my role.”

– Julie Strickland, Digital Banking Business Analyst

Here’s what you’ll learn to do with
The Business Analyst Blueprint

I’m sure you, being an analyst like me, would like some specific details of what’s covered in this program, so you know exactly what skills you’ll be able to add to your resume and what work samples you’ll have to present as evidence of those skills.

Here’s a snapshot of the course material included with The Business Analyst Blueprint.

Module 1:

Business Process Analysis

Starts January 31

You’ll learn how to solve the right problem and build the right solution by clarifying business procedures, finding improvement opportunities, and getting an “in” to even more business analyst work.

  • Introduction to Business Process AnalysisBPA
  • How to Create a Process Flow Diagram
  • How to Discover the Details of the As-Is Business Process
  • How to Analyze Business Process Details
  • How to Validate a Business Process Model
  • How to Improve a Business Process and Gain Stakeholder Buy-In

“I wanted to document a process at my current company as I felt that would provide more value to me than one that was not work-related. I was nervous about asking at first as I thought my company might see this endeavor as not being worth the time needed (to interview stakeholders, etc.). When I did bring it to them, I asked what processes could use better understanding and documentation. They presented me with a few options and we decided what to tackle first.

I knew I’d get a lot of value from this course … having had a course with Laura before. The course did build more confidence in my elicitation and documentation abilities. I got to see first-hand how iterative this process was. The template is wonderful as well! “

– Wendy S.

“Thank you for a wonderful course and great feedback.  My one take-away besides of course knowledge is confidence.  Since I’m in my first “process” job, I’ve been concerned that I’m going to make a rookie mistake and my novice skills will fall horribly short.  Your feedback showed me what I need to improve upon and what I’ve been doing (kind of instinctively) correct.”

– Laura L.

Module 2:

Use Cases and Wireframes

Starts February 26

You’ll learn how to get everyone on the same page about software requirements, even if you don’t have detailed technical knowledge, and in a format that your technical stakeholders will love and your business stakeholders will actually understand.

  • How to Create a Use CaseUseCasesWireframes
  • How to Create a Wireframe
  • How to Create User Stories to Model Requirements in an Agile Environment
  • How to Make Your Functional Requirements Are Clear and Complete
  • How to Engage Stakeholders in Use Case / User Story / Wireframe Reviews

“I am now able to write more detailed and meaningful requirements and get a better appreciated for use of wireframes as this technique was not often incorporated in my requirement documentation. Additionally the course provides certification that increases my marketability.”

– Carol Wheatley, Product Development Officer

“The course helped me be more confident as a BA. Although I have failed in capturing requirement at times the courses I took allowed me to understand how I can improve and prevent those issues in the future.

Specifically, the course helped me in:

  • Analyzing better and taking an apt decision.
  • Understanding my strengths and what I need to improve on.
  • Communicating better and writing better user stories.
  • Setting a process.

Today I am a Business Analyst with experience working on projects that vary from Technical currency, defect corrections, enhancements, API and third party integrations . 🙂 My responsibilities involve communicating with stakeholders, eliciting the user stories & acceptance criteria, drafting the document for the feature, signoff and presenting the changes to stakeholders and clients. Apart from that also a key member in providing inputs for planning and also considered the main contact point for the features I handle.

The courses I took helped me improve my skills and make me a better and confident BA.”

– Preethi Rajagopal

Module 3:

Data Modeling for Business Analysts

Starts April 2

You’ll learn how to help business stakeholders make data requirements decisions, without getting too technical.

  • How to Get Started with Data Modelingdata_modeling-ad
  • How to Clarify Business Terminology Using a Glossary
  • How to Create an Entity Relationship Diagram
  • How to Create a Data Dictionary
  • How to Create a System Context Diagram
  • How to Create a Data Map

“The class has been terrific. Really filled some gaps I had (mainly because certain tasks just never come my way). Certain techniques like ERDs are not scary anymore!!! The lessons include practical information you really use.”

– Susan

“I am working as a “partial” BA and the 3rd section of this course dealing with Data Modeling has been a complete eye-opener to me and what I can do to make our team and the business more efficient. We run a lot of small projects using Agile/Scrum, so the data dictionary and matrix knowledge will speed up each build as we will have a common foundation between us and the vendors.”

– David

All along the way, through all 3 technique-packed modules of The Business Analyst Blueprint, you’ll also be learning how to incorporate critical communication techniques, so you are prepared not only to analyze the requirements, but also discover the right requirements through active collaboration with your stakeholder community.

How virtual, instructor-guided
program works

This program makes it as easy as possible for you to expand your business analysis experience and launch your business analyst career, without the hassle of travel or missing work.

You can work through the course material when and how it works for you.

Here’s what’s included with each module

  • Video (mp4) files and Audio (mp3) files you can download to your computer or mp3 player.
  • Full-text PDF transcripts to refer back to as you apply, reinforce, and evolve your learning without relying on your notes.
  • Templates, samples, swipe files, quick reference guides, and worksheets so you can get started right away.
  • Concrete step-by-step exercises to apply the techniques on your current project work and cement your learning. (Alternatives are provided if you aren’t working.)

You’ll receive new lesson materials each week, and each lesson builds upon the one before it.

People love our virtual courses because it’s easy to incorporate learning into their day-to-day work, while also receiving targeted mentoring and instructor support on their real-world project work.

Gain confidence with
confidential instructor feedback
on your real-world project work

One of the biggest challenges with any course is incorporating what you have learned theoretically into your real life at work. The unique Bridging the Gap learning model is specifically designed to take you beyond book learning and into actually implementing a better business analysis approach.

  • First, you receive access to our certified instructors via email to ask any question about the course materials or how to apply the techniques in your real-world project work.
  • Second, this confidential on-hand support lasts through June 9, 2018, so you have plenty of time to receive support on a variety of real-world project situations.
  • Third, guidance is provided on your actual project work, not a fictitious case study, so you don’t have to do something ‘extra’ just to benefit from or complete the course. (And if you aren’t currently working as a business analyst, don’t worry, we provide plenty of scenarios for you to apply data modeling techniques outside a formal BA role.)
  • What’s more, because this is a live, interactive session, you’ll have the opportunity to join  6 live webinar sessions (participation is optional and recordings will be available) throughout the custom program to get your questions answered personally by Laura Brandenburg, CBAP.

As a participant in The Business Analyst Blueprint, you’ll translate learning into experience with unprecedented, confidential access to our trusted mentors.

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How you can earn
36 PDs / CDUs / PDUs / Contact Hours

The Business Analyst Blueprint is endorsed by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) for 36 PDs or CDUsBridging the Gap has also been reviewed and approved as a provider of project management training by the Project Management Institute (PMI)®Bridging the Gap has agreed to abide by PMI established quality assurance criteria. Successful completion qualifies for 36 PDUs/Contact Hours.

Your professional credits are backed up by a Certificate of Completion, which you can also use to prove to your employer that you finished the course successfully and claim your credits for certification or re-certification.

You’ll earn a Certificate of Completion by completing short work samples of each of the techniques, and you have through June 9, 2018, to submit all of your work samples for review. Your work is assessed through an individual review by our certified, experienced business analyst instructors so in addition to a Certificate of Completion, you’ll receive personal feedback on each of your work samples, with guidance on any areas you need to strengthen, and validation that you are on the right track.

And, at the end of the program, you’ll have successfully applied 12 different business analyst techniques in your work, created supporting work samples that you can use to validate your learning (or even present in job interviews), and received instructor feedback on your work.

More importantly, you’ll be applying those materials straightaway, getting feedback on your work, and having a forum to get your challenges and roadblocks addressed.iiba-endorsed-course

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Wait – There’s a Bonus Too!

The BA Essentials Master Class
ties it all together
($497 value)

As if the 3 core modules covering the different perspectives for modeling requirements and instructor support are not enough, at the close of the program, you’ll receive access to the self-study version of our BA Essentials Master Class (a $497 value) which walks you through how to apply the 8 step business analysis process.

With the BA Essentials Master Class, you’ll learn how to:BA Essentials Master Class

  1. Get Oriented
  2. Discover the Primary Business Objectives
  3. Define Scope
  4. Formulate Your Business Analysis Plan
  5. Define the Detailed Requirements
  6. Support the Technical Implementation
  7. Help the Business Implement the Solution
  8. Assess Value Created by the Solution

This course will prepare you to apply all of the techniques you learn in The Business Analyst Blueprint on an end-to-end project as a full-fledged business analyst.

**Only scheduled session in 2018**

The Business Analyst Blueprint
is a one-of-a-kind instructor-guided,
virtual training program

Instructor support, templates, and work samples are critical to applying the technique successfully, but knowing that other business analysts are tackling similar challenges and learning from their approaches can help you move more quickly along your path to getting recognized as a business analysis.

When you join The Business Analyst Blueprint, which starts January 31, 2018, you’ll have the opportunity to join  6 live webinar sessions (participation is optional and recordings will be available) throughout the custom program and participate in a private, online community for connections, accountability, and peer support.

While our instructors will ensure all your questions are answered via email and your work receives a comprehensive review, Laura Brandenburg, CBAP, creator of Bridging the Gap and author of the best-selling book, How to Start a Business Analyst Career, will personally be available to answer your questions during these live sessions and also be facilitating the private online community. This program is the only way to get access to Laura personally.

And, again, this is the only scheduled session in 2018 being offered one last time at pilot pricing for a $1,000 savings.

Here’s a quick recap of
everything you are about to receive

When you join The Business Analyst Blueprint – our unique and custom virtual, interactive business analysis training program – you’ll get started expanding your business analyst experience and receiving recognition for your business analysis skills right away.

You’ll create more fulfilling work that will elevate and advance your business analyst career. What’s more, you’ll leave the program with confidence in applying key business analyst skills and experience having done so in your work setting. We’ve packed a lot of value into this program, so let’s take a quick look at everything you will receive when you sign up today:

Core BA techniques covered in 3 modules

  • Module 1 Business Process Analysis – Learn how to solve the right problem and build the right solution.
  • Module 2 Use Cases and Wireframes – Learn how to get everyone on the same page about software requirements, even if you don’t have detailed technical knowledge.
  • Module 3Data Modeling – Learn how to help business stakeholders make data requirements decisions, without getting too technical.

And each module includes the following components:

  • Mp4 videos, downloadable mp3 audios, and full-text PDF transcripts that you can use anytime, anywhere.
  • Templates, swipe files, exercises, and work samples so you can cement your learning.

Instructor support every step of the way

  • Live webinar recaps + Q&A (participation is optional and recordings will be available) to get your questions answered by Laura Brandenburg, CBAP. (This is the only planned live session for 2018!)
  • Instructor support via email, for continuous support in between modules, all the way through June 9, 2018.
  • Instructor feedback on your work, so you leave the program feeling truly confident in your skills.

36 Professional Credits

Finally, provided requirements are met, you’ll leave the program with a Certificate of Completion that provides the proof you need for 36 PDs / CDUs / PDUs / Contact Hours for PMI or IIBA® certification or re-certification.

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The Business Analyst Blueprint

This is a premium program that’s more flexible and interactive than any other type of training out there – and yet the investment pales in comparison to a college course.

And unlike a college course, you get the theory AND the practical learning about how these techniques work out in a real-world setting – the type of practical, realistic approaches that employers are looking for.

Each module is available individually at $997, but when you join The Business Analyst Blueprint you can receive substantial savings, attend the bonus interactive sessions with Laura Brandenburg, and receive self-study access to The BA Essentials Master Class bonus. That’s over $1,000 in savings and bonuses.

You may be wondering why such a discount. While we’ve been offering virtual business analyst training since 2010, this is only the second time we are offering The Business Analyst Blueprint, as an all-in-one, comprehensive program, and we are extending our pilot pricing for one last session. The next time we offer the program, the investment will start at $2,997.

So go ahead and click the “Join Now” button below to The Business Analyst Blueprint for $1997 or 4 payments of $597. (Professional development funding/reimbursements may be available – be sure to check internally.) The last day to register is Tuesday, January 30, 2018.

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Pay by Invoice or Purchase Order

Bridging the Gap accepts purchase orders and can invoice you for your registrations. Email us at info [at] bridging-the-gap [dot] com to pay by invoice or purchase order. Invoices can be paid by check, ACH, or wire transfer. ACH instructions are printed on the invoice.

Please pay the invoice prior to the start of the course. Once payment is received, registration confirmation details will be sent to the course participant(s).

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“I have used some of these techniques (Data modeling, mapping for data migration) in my previous projects but I was not sure whether that work can be considered as BA work or not. This course has given me confidence about my skills and experience as BA. As well as it has helped me polish my BA skills.

During the course, I got opportunity to use some of these techniques in my current project like BPM, and Use Cases. The team was very much impressed by the documentation I had done and the outcome were much better than my previous brainstorming sessions.

I think I am a confident BA now, ready for CBAP certification!”

– Rachana Dharpure, Domain Analyst (Life Sciences and Health Care)

Remember, if you want a different result in your career, then you have to be willing to take a different type of action.

  • Think about how your stakeholders will trust and respect you, when you can walk them through all 3 perspectives of the requirements with confidence.
  • Consider how much more secure you’ll feel in your business analyst role, knowing you’ve done everything you could to minimize the risk of missing requirements.
  • How about when you receive feedback from our expert instructors on your real-world business analyst work. What will be possible then?

Finally, let me be clear. I’m not a business analyst magician and avoiding missing requirements does not require magic. There is a structured process to being sure you discover, analyze, and validate the requirements, and we cover it in The Business Analyst Blueprint. These are teachable, learnable skills, and we’ve got you covered.

If you are ready to completely transform your business analyst career and go into your next project with more confidence, and also saving $1,000 over investing in the individual modules or a future offering of The Business Analyst Blueprint, join us today.

Go ahead and click the “Join Now” button below and finish your investment.

One Payment of $1997

4 Payments of $597

Pay by Invoice or Purchase Order

Bridging the Gap accepts purchase orders and can invoice you for your registrations. Email us at info [at] bridging-the-gap [dot] com to pay by invoice or purchase order. Invoices can be paid by check, ACH, or wire transfer. ACH instructions are printed on the invoice.

Please pay the invoice prior to the start of the course. Once payment is received, registration confirmation details will be sent to the course participant(s).

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I think you are going to love yourself for making this investment in you and your career. See you in class

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