Write to the Point for Business Analysis

Workshop Objectives

In this one-day workshop, business analysts (BAs) will learn ways to write effectively, so their words work for them, not against them. Participants will learn the best practices they can use to write reports, descriptions of requirements, or any other narrative document BAs are required to write.

Participants Will Learn To:

  • Understand how clear and concise writing can increase their effectiveness and productivity
  • Look at their writing from their stakeholders' points of view
  • Understand and use the best practices of writing clearly and concisely
  • Assess how clear and concise their own writing is, and how to address any gaps

Curriculum for the day

  1. Introductions and outlining expectations
  2. Why clear, succinct writing is important
  3. How BAs can assess stakeholders' writing needs
  4. Myths about effective writing
  5. Reworking the myths into best practices
  6. Writing exercises: turning theory into practice
  7. Dealing with jargon, acronyms and technical terms
  8. Summarizing for sponsors and other executives
  9. Writing lab: each participant exchanges examples of his/her writing with a partner
  10. Discussion about learnings
  11. Final step: easy on the eyes

Program features:

  • A highly interactive, fast-paced environment
  • Group and individual exercises
  • Real business examples
  • A comprehensive workbook that aids participants in following each step of the workshop, including summaries of concepts and recommended reference materials for follow-up

Preparation

Participants bring to the workshop a minimum of four pages of their own writing (can be more) from either current or previous engagements. The examples can include reports, descriptions of requirements, or any other narrative document BAs are required to write.