Michael Boyle: Business Analysis MOOC Uncovered

Michael Boyle is Managing Director of Procurro Solutions and instructor for ‘Business Analysis 101’, a brand new course starting on January 15th 2015. Here he gives us a first glimpse into what we can expect when you enrol in this MOOC. Find out about the role of Business Analysis in the global workplace, and keep reading to find out about Michael’s promise to his top 10 students!

What do you find exciting about Business Analysis?

I believe, within the right circumstances, a good Business Analyst can bring real added value to an organisation, tied to the overall strategy and its execution within the enterprise. In our course, we talk about the alignment between the organisational mission and vision and the importance of aligning all actions to this anchor.

“I believe, within the right circumstances, a good Business Analyst can bring real added value to an organisation.”

Through the exercises starting with the ‘problem statement evaluation’ all the way through to the business case and the corresponding decision analysis, the Business Analyst ensures that traceability to these overall goals are adhered to.

How do you expect students to apply their learnings?

Apart from having a better idea what the domain Business Analysis is all about, we spend a good amount of time discussing the underlying competencies tied to this profession and where this skill set is required.

“Companies are realising that a more deliberate approach needs to be taken to stay competitive, and the Business Analysis profession will clearly profit from this trend.”

Through the research I carried out whilst preparing for this course, I was pleasantly surprised to find the number of disparate sectors where these underlying competencies are currently being practiced. Companies are realising that a more deliberate approach needs to be taken to stay competitive, and the Business Analysis profession will clearly profit from this trend.

Why is the course interesting for me, if I am not currently studying in the field?

Within the confines of this course, we talk about best practices that transcend sectors. In a world where regional and departmental confines play less and less a role, the basic tenets of Business Analysis:

  • establishing problem statements
  • understanding how to perform transformative activities,
  • understanding stakeholder needs and
  • defining the best solution for the problem and the objectives of the organisation

are traits that are valuable, regardless of the study one is focused on. As mentioned, these traits are not tied to any sector.

How can students prepare for the course?

It would be great if the students can start thinking about how the role of a Business Analysis could be deployed in companies. This will give them a starting point to either challenge that of what I am presenting (which I love) and/or set the stage for learning transformation!

What do you expect from this MOOC?

I will do my best to make the course as interactive as possible and hope that the enthusiasm to be found among the current Business Analyst practitioners will be evident.

“It is great when you can get such a diffuse group of individuals together and profit from the collective wisdom. I can’t wait!”

Once we start a dialogue with the students about some the Business Analysis competencies they are using, I expect the interaction to be as equally a learning experience for me. It is great when you can get such a diffuse group of individuals together and profit from the collective wisdom. I can’t wait!

What is one (fun) fact about you that your students wouldn’t expect?

For those who apply and successfully pass the Certificate Track, we are going to pick out 10 winners, and I will provide those students with an hour’s individual career counselling. Well, I guess there’s no turning back for me now on that offer!

If Michael’s interview has inspired you then why not enrol in ‘Business Analysis 101’ today?