Business Process Management Advanced Professional Curriculum

Complete 40 hours of coursework (2 courses, 5 days) to acquire the practical tools and background required to lead a team of business process change professionals.

Required Courses
Code Course Title
BPTA201

Innovating Processes (3 days)
Note: BPTA 101 and BPTA 102 are prerequisites for this course

IIBA Endorsment
BPTA202

Managing a Business Process Project (2 day)
Note: BPTA 101 and BPTA 102 are prerequisites for this course

IIBA Endorsment


BPTA 201 – Innovating Processes (3 days)

IIBA Endorsment

Course description

This 3-day course delivers practical advice and tools you can use immediately to generate great process change ideas using the 4 Dimensions Model of idea generation.  The 4 Dimensions – (1) Enhancement, (2) Innovation, (3) Utilization and (4) Derivation – provide a framework to force discovery of the very best ideas for process improvement. Enhancement is about making smaller changes, whereas the Innovation dimension looks for radical change. At the extremes of this ‘horizontal’ continuum, we enhance current processes or create new ones.  The Utilization dimension focuses on making the best use of available resources. To benefit from what has been done elsewhere, we explore the Derivation dimension. The ‘vertical’ continuum takes us from making the most of what we have to making the most of what others have done. In all four dimensions we use tools and techniques specifically designed to discover all the possible changes leading to process improvement.

Who should attend

This class is designed for business, process and systems analysts, designers and architects with some process project experience who are interested in improving their knowledge, understanding and skills in order to solve more challenging process problems. This session is intended for individuals who have participated in process improvement projects and wish to expand their knowledge and capabilities.   This course assumes that participants have taken the BPTA BPM Professional Curriculum Courses Principles of BPM and Introduction of Business Process Modeling Analysis and Design, and are familiar with the BPTA methodology, basic analysis worksheets, process scoping and BPMN modeling.

What you will achieve

  • Make the critical leap from As Is to To Be
  • Discover ALL of the available process change ideas
  • Use innovative techniques to consistently discover process improvement ideas
  • Use standard process improvement patterns to discover viable process change ideas
  • Integrate leading edge theory with practical tools based on real world exercises
  • Use tools and techniques that can be applied immediately

What you will learn

  • The process of idea generation
  • How to use the 4-Dimensions idea discovery model
  • The need for continuous improvement and discontinuous innovation
  • How to better utilize existing resources
  • How to derive ideas about change from the example of others


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BPTA 202 – Managing a Business Process Project (2 days)

IIBA Endorsment

Course description

This course is designed to introduce business process analysts and business managers to the management of business processes.  Building on the basics of PMI techniques defined in the PMBOK Guide we extend those concepts to provide participants with specific information, templates and worksheets that describe the special features of business process projects and teach participants to apply PMI concepts to business process problems.  In addition to stressing the traditional concerns of project management, including planning, scheduling and budgeting, we stress change management concerns and constant communication with employees, peers and senior management to help sell process change.  We also put a particular emphasis on steps involved in developing a business case for a process change project.

Who should attend

This course is designed for both managers and business analysts. It focuses on applying standard concepts of project management to the specifics of a business process change project. This course is a must for business and IT analysts and designers involved in process-based change and the automation of process solutions. Anyone involved in any aspect of managing a business process change effort will benefit from this course. This course is particularly effective when project teams attend together.

What you will achieve

  • Understand how to organize a BPM project team
  • Understand the basics of planning and scheduling a BPM project
  • Understand the principles of change management and importance of communication
  • Understand how  to subcontract with other implementers
  • Understand how to communicate and gain project acceptance

What you will learn

  • How to develop and manage a process change project
  • How to use BPTrends diagrams and worksheets to quickly scope a project and define project milestones and gates
  • How to choose and use the right tools required to assure you maintain project control
  • How to manage quality and scope with time and cost in balance
  • How to reduce risk and anticipate, manage and avoid potential conflicts
  • How to build and present a business case for a process change project

IIBA Endorsment The BPTA Advanced Professional Certificate Program is aligned with the International Association of Business Analysis (IIBA®) Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK® V2.0) and is endorsed by the IIBA. Attendees will earn PDs (Professional Development) hours or CDUs (Continuing Development Units) for attending courses in this certificate program. Please use provider codes and individual course descriptions identified for each course in the curriculum.

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