What is the Business Insights Black Belt Level 1 certification curriculum?

(formerly known as Bronze)

There are 3 core programs:

Option 3 – A blend of self-paced online courses and a live virtual classroom workshop

Business Insights 1: Foundations (BI 1) – Covers the mechanics of business insights — retail math and Excel — to increase speed and proficiency, so more time can be allocated to analyzing data.

 

Business Insights 2: Process & Tools (BI 2) – Focuses on how to utilize Business Management Question™ tools to improve critical thinking and drill to the root cause, discover the key insights, write concise and powerful business statements, and identify the most effective chart to communicate the story.

Business Insights 3: Applications (BI 3) – Reinforces and dives deeper into the key learning elements from BI 2. Multiple real-world case studies cement the learning through application. Delta facilitators provide individual and group coaching based on observations and/or student questions.

Delivery:

  • Self-paced online

Delivery:

  • Self-paced online

Delivery:

  • Live virtual classroom

Time commitment:

  • Course: 2 days
  • Practice exercises and quizzes (self-paced online):
    • Required: 6-12 hours
    • Optional extra: 12-24 hours

Time commitment:

  • Course: 2 days
  • Practice exercises and quizzes (self-paced online):
    • Required: 6-10 hours
    • Optional extra: 6-10 hours
  • A 1-hour mid-term exam will be administered approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to the BI 3 in-person or virtual classroom session.

Time commitment:

  • Course: 2 days
  • Practice exercises and quizzes (self-paced online):
    • Required: 6-10 hours
    • Optional extra: 6-10 hours

Self-paced online courses:

  • Retail Math
  • Excel Formulas & Functions
  • Excel Charts
  • Excel PivotTables are not part of the learning path but is part of the bundle of Excel courses you receive. PivotTables are an instrumental tool for effective and efficient data analysis.

Self-paced online courses:

  • Process & Objectives (fall of 2020)
  • Business Management Questions ™ (fall of 2020)
  • Writing Powerful Fact-Based Insights (fall of 2020)
  • Data Visualization (available now)
  • Narrative/Story Boarding (fall of 2020)

WARNING:

The BI 1 and BI 2 self-paced online programs consists of approximately 48-54 hours of lessons and practice exercises that is required prior to attending the BI 3 in-person or virtual classroom session. You should schedule accordingly and please do not wait until the last minute to start the lessons. There will be a mid-term quiz based on this material and your grade will be applied to the final score.

 

Learning Path Sequence and Timing

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What else comes with the Business Insight Black Belt curriculum?

Business Insight Resource Center

When you register for the Business Insight Black Belt Level 1 certification learning path, you will have access to these additional resources.

This section of your eLearning experience will continually be updated with new ideas, case studies or other tools.

The Good, the Bad & the Ugly – This section showcases real examples found in publications (e.g., newspapers, websites, annual reports). We will challenge you to find the issues and then provide alternative ways the author could have communicated their ideas more clearly. This is a fun way to keep your business insight skills sharp by critiquing others’ work. (coming soon).

Application Library – This section provides examples and templates to analyze different business scenarios. For example: forecast versus actual, warranties shipped, call-center sales, sell-in versus sell-out, fill rates, household buyer rates, and usage occasions analysis. We will periodically add new case studies to this library. If you have any ideas not presented in the library, please let us know. (coming soon).

Downloadable resources – As part of your curriculum, you will be able to download our math formula cards and business insight process cards and you will receive a laminated copy either by mail or in-person.

Business Insights Book – You will receive a copy of our book: Business Insights: How to Find and Effectively Communicate the Golden Nuggets in Retail Data as part of your curriculum material (either by mail or in-person).

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