Business Analysis Planning & Execution: Planning the Work and Working the Plan


Business analysts require a fundamental understanding of project management in order to understand the main concepts of approach, planning, monitoring and execution of the critical tasks they face every day. Intended for business analysts, project managers and others in change management, this online course will guide students through the process of assessing business problems in order to provide adequate context to solution requirements. Through interactive lectures, hands-on assignments and real-world case studies, students will also learn how to assess enterprise capabilities, analyze the breadth and impact of the desired change and determine the optimal solutions to address the identified problems and needs of the organization. At the end of this course, students will be able to map the inputs and outputs of business analysis, develop a business analysis plan and work breakdown structure, and be able to fully assess a business problem and develop a preferred solution approach.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a business analysis plan and work breakdown structure for the business analysis tasks to be performed
  • Identify and map the inputs and outputs of business analysis as defined in the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK) and PMI Guide to Business Analysis for Practitioners
  • Analyze a given project for potential risk and formulate alternative solutions to mitigate risk
  • Estimate the level of effort needed for each task
  • Assess business problems against organizational capabilities and design artifacts supporting the preferred solution approach

Skills You Will Gain

  • Business analysis planning
  • Information management
  • Risk, issue and conflict management
  • Needs assessment
  • Strategic business planning

Note: This course is designed to meet the standards of business analysis training, as defined by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA)® and Project Management Institute (PMI)®.

Academic Units
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Instruction Method
Online class

Section Notes

Enroll now through April 12, 2021. Class starts on April 5, 2021 and runs until June 25, 2021. Access to your course will be available on the course’s start date.

The course meets on a weekly basis via live web meetings on Wednesdays at 5:30pm PST. Webinar recordings will be posted for future viewing.

Assignments will have due dates. 

Enrollment Policies

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None, however, it is highly recommended that students take “The Foundations of Business Analysis and Business Analysis Planning” prior to taking this course. (May be taken concurrently)

Technical Requirements

To ensure your success in this online course, please review our technical requirements page at online learning.

Section Course Materials

A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK Guide)

A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) is the only globally recognized standard of practice for business analysis. Developed through a rigorous consensus-driven standards process, the BABOK® Guide incorporates the collective wisdom and experience of experts in the field from around the world. Previous editions have guided hundreds of thousands of professionals in their work, and it has been adopted by hundreds of enterprises as the basis of their business analysis practice. This latest version of the guide extends its scope beyond business analysis in projects to address agile development, business process management, business intelligence, and business architecture. This thoroughly revised and updated version includes: • A concept model that unifies ideas and terminology across business analysis disciplines. • Restructured knowledge areas to support business analysis at every level from small tactical initiatives to major business transformations. • Five perspectives covering the most prominent business analysis disciplines and demonstrating how to apply the knowledge areas in different situations. • Coverage of new business analysis techniques that have gained wide acceptance in the community. • Updated and revised content in every knowledge area and more! Whether you are considering starting a career in business analysis, or you are an experienced professional in the field,the BABOK® Guide is your key resource to help you and your stakeholders discover opportunities for business success, deliver successful organizational change, and create business value.

Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide

Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide provides practical resources to tackle the project-related issues associated with requirements and business analysis—and addresses a critical need in the industry for more guidance in this area.

The practice guide begins by describing the work of business analysis. It identifies the tasks that are performed, in addition to the essential knowledge and skills needed to effectively perform business analysis on programs and projects.

It breaks these tasks into five domains: needs assessment; planning; analysis; traceability and monitoring; and evaluation. Within each of these domains, there are a series of supporting tasks which are defined and explored.

Business Analysis: Best Practices for Success

The definitive guide on the roles and responsibilities of the business analyst

Business Analysis offers a complete description of the process of business analysis in solving business problems. Filled with tips, tricks, techniques, and guerilla tactics to help execute the process in the face of sometimes overwhelming political or social obstacles, this guide is also filled with real world stories from the author's more than thirty years of experience working as a business analyst.

  • Provides techniques and tips to execute the at-times tricky job of business analyst
  • Written by an industry expert with over thirty years of experience

Straightforward and insightful, Business Analysis is a valuable contribution to your ability to be successful in this role in today's business environment.

Strategy-In-Action: Marrying Planning, People and Performance (The Global Leader Series Book 4)

Economic crises and the meltdown of some of the world's major financial firms make it clear: traditional strategic planning no longer guarantees success. Uncertainty and change, globalization, empowered consumers and flatter hierarchies call for a new approach. "Strategy-In-Action" shows with cutting-edge research and compelling cases how companies ended the long-standing divorce between planners and implementers. One saved $200 million from people power and another made €74 million from innovation. CEOs and strategists will find a systematic roadmap for winning strategies: how to stand in the future, get intelligence from far-flung locations, give voice to dissenters, maximize ownership, screen out losers efficiently, and produce quick wins. In short, "Strategy-In-Action" gives readers the art and science of planning, people and performance.

"The insights will force you to think and then rethink what you thought you knew."
—Malcolm Elvey, Chairman, Academy of Chief Executives

Business Analysis and Leadership: Influencing Change

21st century organizations, across all sectors and of all types, have to cope with an international marketplace where change is frequent and customer expectations continue to rise. The work of business analysis professionals is crucial if organizations are to succeed and grow. If change programmes are to be successful, stakeholder engagement and situation analysis are vital, and to achieve this, senior business people need to display competence in a range of areas, not least of which include the ability to challenge, lead and influence.

Business Analysis and Leadership is for anyone involved in business analysis working in any organization worldwide, from financial services to charities, government to manufacturing. It takes the reader beyond standard textbooks full of techniques and tools, advising on how to lead and gain credibility throughout the organization. It will help you with the tricky role of working with people from the shop floor to board directors and give readers the confidence to challenge the easy way forward and point out what will really work in practice.

This inspirational book consists of contributions from leading thinkers and practitioners in business analysis from around the world. Their case studies and practical advice will help the reader to develop leadership skills and become an outstanding catalyst for change.



Members can receive 10% discount on the course fee by entering the Coupon Code.  If you don’t have your association discount code, contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services at (800) 752-0881.

Early Enroll Discount

Enroll 14 days before the course start date to save $50 on the course fee.

Info Session Discount

Attendees of UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Information Sessions may be eligible for $100 discount on a class by entering the Coupon Code provided at the Information Session.  Contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services office, at (800) 752-0881, if you have questions about this discount.

CAAA Member Discount

Current members of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association and other UC alumni associations receive $50 off the course fee. If you don't have your association discount code contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services at (800) 752-0881.

Group Discount

Groups of three or more, enrolled at the same time with a single payment method may receive a 10% discount on each enrollment.  Contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services office to enroll your group: (530) 757-8777.


Members can receive 10% discount on the course fee by entering the Coupon Code.  If you don’t have your association discount code, contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services at (800) 752-0881.