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Estimating for Business Analysts

  • Length 1 day
  • Price $968 inc GST
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Why study this course

This is a hands-on workshop that teaches planning and estimating techniques to business analysts. Participants first discover how to properly identify project deliverables, and then determine the key activities needed to produce those deliverables. After reviewing a number of estimating concepts and techniques, students derive the level of effort and duration for each activity. The aim is for students to be able to answer two key questions: What will it take to produce the deliverables? How long will it take?

This course is consistent with definitions and principles from the IIBA’s Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK® Guide).

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What you’ll learn

Discover how to:

  • Identify project deliverables

  • Estimate level of effort to produce the deliverables

  • Determine duration

  • Identify risks and account for them in the planning process


  • Initiation

  • Scope Planning


International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) is dedicated to the development and maintenance of standards for the practice of Business Analysis, and to the certification and recognition of practitioners. The IIBA is also the first organisation to offer formal certification for Business Analysis Professionals. All DDLS Business Analysis courses are endorsed by the IIBA.

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Expert instructors with real world experience and the latest vendor- approved in-depth course content.

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Who is the course for?

Business Analysts who need to be able to estimate the level of effort and duration of their project deliverables; and Business Analysts who participate in the project planning and scheduling process.

We can also deliver and customise this training course for larger groups – saving your organisation time, money and resources. For more information, please contact us on 1800 U LEARN (1800 853 276).

Course subjects

Introduction and Fundamentals

  • Programs and projects

  • PMI basic concepts

  • The BA role in project planning

  • Overview of planning

Estimating Techniques

  • The estimating road map

  • Typical BA deliverables

  • Identifying the activities to produce the deliverables

  • Effort versus duration

  • The estimating challenge

  • Estimating techniques

Determining Level of Duration

  • Estimating duration from effort

  • The Gantt chart

Risk Management

  • What is risk?

  • What is risk management?

  • Assessing risks and incorporating them into the plan


Successful completion of DDLS’ Fast Start in Business Analysis course or equivalent

Industry Association Recognition

International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA)

  • Credit Hours: 7 hours

  • Continuing Development Units (CDUs): 7 CDUs

Terms & Conditions

The supply of this course by DDLS is governed by the booking terms and conditions. Please read the terms and conditions carefully before enrolling in this course, as enrolment in the course is conditional on acceptance of these terms and conditions.

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