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Full-day training sessions are unrealistic for many of our clients. They understand the importance of professional development, but can’t lose a full day of productivity, especially for agile teams. That’s why they’re moving to our live 2-hour mini-classes, and they’re loving it!

Our bite-size training approach delivers great content in an engaging, highly interactive virtual environment. We use collaborative facilitation techniques with virtual whiteboards and virtual breakout rooms to mimic a face-to-face environment.

Choose a single session or combine topics to create a weekly series. You’ll discover tools and learn techniques to help your team deliver valuable products that delight your customers, strengthen your organization, and boost your career.

Live Online

Your team will interact and collaborate during our live, online training sessions.

High-Value Content

Get the training you need in 2-hour bursts that get your team thinking and experimenting with new concepts.

Flexible Learning

Purchase one session to meet an immediate need or combine topics to create a series.
2- Hour Topics

User Story Basics

User stories are an essential technique for BAs today! This mini-class covers the qualities of good user stories, examples of effective user stories, and allows time to practice writing user stories. Get started on the right path to facilitating and writing great user stories with your team.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe what makes user stories high quality
  • Identify the common mistakes made with user stories
  • Practice writing and analyzing user stories

Acceptance Criteria

Excellent acceptance criteria makes it easier to analyze and write user stories. In this mini-class, we will look at what types of details go into acceptance criteria, see examples (good and bad), and allow time to actually practice writing acceptance criteria. After this interactive session, you will be well on your way to better user stories through quality acceptance criteria.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe what makes acceptance criteria good quality
  • Recognize the common mistakes made in writing and analyzing acceptance criteria
  • Practice analyzing and writing acceptance criteria

Story Splitting

Unsure how to split user stories to help your agile team? Here’s your chance to bring effective strategies to split stories to get to outcome driven results. It is a skill of analysis and decomposition that many teams struggle with and end up with stories full of dependencies when not done well. In this mini-course, you will have the opportunity to practice story splitting and review the common mistakes teams make. It is recommended that students have the basics of user stories before taking this course.

Learning Objectives

  • Discover what makes story splitting important to agile teams
  • Review the common mistakes made in splitting stories
  • Uncover strategies for story splitting
  • Practice story splitting with multiple scenarios and examples

Using Visuals in an Agile Team

Effective visualization skills help our teams make sense of vast and complex information. As BAs, we need to leverage and use visuals as assets to help the team collaborate, make decisions, co-create, innovate and analyze. With powerful visuals, the team can work faster and innovate better through quicker decision making. Come explore and practice using visuals to find gaps faster and increase team dialog.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine what makes visuals so powerful for teams
  • Review common visuals used to collaborate, analyze, innovate and make decisions as a team
  • Practice using a variety of visuals in various conversation scenarios and see the difference in the team dialog

User Story Mapping

Everyone likes a good story and agile teams especially like good user story mapping to keep the team focused on the user experience. Join me in this hands-on mini-class to see how user story mapping helps teams analyze the big picture. You will not only learn how to analyze a story map you will create one with the class.

Learning Objectives

  • Define what a user story map is and why it’s important
  • Describe how a team may use a user story map
  • Recognize how user story mapping helps everyone see how all of the stories relate
  • Create a user story map with the class

Technical User Stories

When is it appropriate to use a technical story? Come find out in this mini-class which looks at what a “technical user story” is and when they are appropriate to use. There will also be a review of anti-patterns and examples of when teams incorrectly use technical stories. Take advantage of the opportunity to fix technical stories to set yourself up for success.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe what a technical story is and when to use one
  • Identify the common anti-patterns of technical user stories and how to fix them
  • Practice fixing technical stories that should not be written as a technical story

Collaborative Games for Agile BAs

BA work is not all fun and games! Yet it is during this mini-class which looks at how to use Collaborative Game Techniques to foster deeper and more active collaboration, better requirements, and problem solving on teams. Come play the games used for elicitation, scoping, analyzing, prioritizing and many other team collaborations. Everyone will be a winner!

Learning Objectives

  • Evaluate what makes collaborative games a powerful technique for teams and requirements work
  • Identify the common games and patterns used in these games to get results
  • Apply games to rev up more innovation and faster problem solving
  • Play a few of the games online and discuss online vs. in person game dynamics

Agile Concepts

What does it take to be agile? Come find out in this mini-class which takes a methodology agnostic look at what it means to “be agile”. We will dive into the agile values, principles, mindsets and concepts that make agile what it is. You will discover how things like limiting WIP, active collaboration, reducing dependencies, feedback loops, customer centricity, and how short iterations are at the core of what agile is. This class will help you understand the bones of agile and apply your teams practices at a deeper level, intrinsically changing your mindset and behavior.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe what “being agile” means rather than just “doing agile”
  • Discover the concepts common in various agile methodologies
  • Assess your own mindset and patterns in agile thinking

Scoping for Agile Projects

Scope is applied differently with agile projects. Come learn how to apply scope techniques in agile environments. It is crucial your team understands what part of the scope is critical to agile success and where flexibility is needed to get to great outcomes.

Learning Objectives

  • Determine what scope means for agile teams
  • Detect common techniques to use to facilitate scoping decisions and dialog with the team
  • Identify common pitfalls in scope management when transitioning to agile

AI and Machine Learning

As business analysts, we cannot deny that artificial intelligence and machine learning are impacting our team’s outcomes. This mini-class looks at the various capabilities of artificial intelligence and how it impacts the scope and requirements of projects and solutions today.

Learning Objectives

  • Discover the capabilities being implemented by cutting edge solutions
  • Analyze which capabilities and outcomes make sense for your project
  • Elicit agile techniques to discover and implement AI thinking on your team to innovate and get better outcomes

Product Visioning for Successful Solutions

Product visioning techniques help teams to clarify desired outcomes and solutions. This mini-class looks at how product owners and BAs can use product visioning techniques to enhance a team’s scope and requirements work. We will wrap with an interactive examination of how visioning relates to product and project success.

Learning Objectives

  • Define product vision and how it directly relates to successful solutions
  • Evaluate the common techniques to facilitate and document the product vision
  • Recognize linkages from product visioning to scope, measurements, outcomes and your teams backlog

Facilitating Active and Engaging Virtual Meetings

Are you finding yourself in more and more virtual meetings? Then this mini-class is for you! Through engaging conversations we will look at techniques to actively engage remote teams in meetings. We will also identify the common remote team models and the unique virtual dynamics each model faces. Lastly, we will identifying pitfalls and ensure your team has active participation!

Learning Objectives

  • Summarize different strategies for different remote team models
  • Choose tools and approaches for the various remote models
  • Experiment with a variety of techniques to actively engage all meeting participants.
Owner & Principal Instructor
Angela Wick, CBAP, PMP, PBA, ICP-ACC, ICP-BVA

Angela Wick, CBAP, PMP, PBA, ICP-ACC, ICP-BVA

BA-Squared CEO

With over 18 years of experience, BA-Squared CEO Angela Wick is a Product Owner expert and an ICAgile Certified Coach passionate about bringing innovation and creativity to requirements practices. Angela has developed and delivered agile requirements courses, led virtual learning circles, and provided requirements coaching for organizations transitioning to agile. Angela’s deep expertise in business and product requirements, combined with her broad coaching and consulting experience, offers a unique perspective that helps teams develop excellent modern requirements practices.

As the principal instructor at BA-Squared, Angela teaches many of our classes, and manages our pool of expert agile instructors to make sure every client receives excellent, transformational training!  

Angela was a member of the BABOK™ 3.0 Committee. She directed the creation of the IIBA Competency Model, authored the BA Career Models chapter in Managing BAs, and was an expert reviewer on PMI’s BA Guide for practitioners.

BA-Squared is an assessed and approved ICAgile Member Training Organization.
Angela demonstrated her expertise and ability to facilitate and train agile practices for BA’s. She appropriately answered questions and provided excellent examples.

Angela was able to apply the agile principles to real world examples.

Angela provided several different examples of tools that could be used to accomplish the same goal. It gave me options to find the best fit for my job.

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