Plan and monitor business analysis activities in an IT environment

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver ICASAD603A, 'Plan and monitor business analysis activities in an IT environment'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
Books
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Elements and Performance Criteria

1. Plan business analysis approach

1.1 Establish organisational process needs and objectives that apply to the initiative and if necessary define the requirements that the process must meet

1.2 Review existing organisational standards, including standards, guidelines and processes relating to the current initiative

1.3 Tailor approach to the needs of a specific business analysis initiative, according to organisational standards if required

1.4 Engage with the appropriate stakeholders to determine how the work will be completed

1.5 Plan the execution of business activities

2. Conduct stakeholder analysis

2.1 Recognise stakeholders who may be affected by the business need or a new solution

2.2 Assess stakeholder attitudes toward and influence over the initiative

2.3 Decide which stakeholders will have authority over business analysis activities

2.4 Instigate regular reviews to identify new stakeholders or changed positions as clarity of business needs evolve

3. Plan business analysis activities

3.1 Decide the type of project or initiative and the business analysis deliverables

3.2 Determine the scope of work for business analysis activities

3.3 Approve which activities the business analyst will perform and when

3.4 Develop estimates for business analysis work

4. Plan business analysis communication

4.1 Determine how best to receive, distribute, access, update and escalate information from project stakeholders

4.2 Decide how best to communicate with each stakeholder according to stakeholder needs and constraints to communication

5. Plan requirements management process

5.1 Establish a requirements repository for storing requirements, including those under development, those under review, and approved requirements

5.2 Assess the need and process for requirements traceability based on relevant factors

5.3 Conclude which requirements attributes will be captured

5.4 Determine the process for requirements change management

6. Manage business analysis performance

6.1 Determine which metrics will be used to measure the work performed by the business analyst

6.2 Report performance in an appropriate format based on the needs of the project

6.3 Assess performance measures to determine where problems may be occurring in executing business analysis activities

6.4 Identify preventative or corrective actions as required