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Ace the CBAP Application process

  1. 1. CBAP® Application Workshop By Linda Erzah, CBAP www.thebamentor.com
  2. 2. Terms & Acronyms Definition Terms Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring (knowledge area) BAPM Certified Business Analysis Professional CBAP® Certification of Competency in Business Analysis CCBA® Knowledge Area KA Business Analysis Body of Knowledge BABOK® Business Analysts or Business Analysis BA
  3. 3. Overview <ul><li>CBAP® vs CCBA® application requirements </li></ul><ul><li>How to organize your experience? </li></ul><ul><li>How to identify BA experience? </li></ul><ul><li>How to compute percentages? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you eligible? </li></ul><ul><li>What does the application look like? </li></ul>
  4. 4. CBAP® vs CCBA® Application Requirements If CBAP® recipient does not re-certify every 3 years In 5 years Expiration Every 3 years None Re-certification requirements IIBA Members: $325 USD Non-IIBA Members: $450 USD IIBA Members: $325 USD Non-IIBA Members: $450 USD Exam Fee $125 USD $125 USD Application Fees Two references Two references References Minimum high school diploma or equivalent Minimum high school diploma or equivalent General education 21 Hrs 21 Hrs Professional development 900 hrs in 4 out of the 6 knowledge areas 900 hrs in 2 out of 6 Knowledge areas Or 500 hrs in 4 out of 6 Knowledge areas Knowledge area experience 7500 hrs in last 10 years   3750 hrs in last 7 years Work experience CBAP® CCBA®  
  5. 5. How to organize your experience
  6. 6. Determine work experience <ul><li>Step 1: Write down work you’ve done </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Turn to your resume </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Go through information one company at the time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>List tasks, projects or deliverables </li></ul></ul>Resumes are not accepted to show experience Path to extracting BA tasks from resume
  7. 7. Determine work experience <ul><li>Step 2: Identify group of activities/projects where Business Analysis is performed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Business Analysis initiatives types </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Feasibility studies </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Process improvement </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Organizational change </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>New software development in house </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Outsourced new software development </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Software maintenance or enhancement </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Types of projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Customization of software </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Upgrade to technology or infrastructure </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Change in business process </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Purchase of software package </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Determine work experience <ul><li>Step 3: Organize your projects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Break up big activities/projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bundle small activities/projects </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Step 4: Approximate start and end date </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Timeframe within boundaries of work performed in organization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Timeframe may be only of the time you worked on project </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Tool #1: Experience Organization Worksheet <ul><li>Turn your responsibilities into projects </li></ul>
  10. 10. End Result <ul><li>A list of projects with descriptions and timeframe </li></ul>Resumes are not accepted to show experience
  11. 11. Tips: Project Time <ul><li>Join our workshop to get more tips </li></ul><ul><li>http://thebamentor.com/cbap-application-workshops.html </li></ul>
  12. 12. How to identify BA experience
  13. 13. Identify work experience <ul><li>Step 5: Identify your BA experience </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hands-on BA activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coach or mentor BA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop BA methodology and/or best practices </li></ul></ul>Join our workshop to get more examples http://thebamentor.com/cbap-application-workshops.html Join our workshop to get more examples http://thebamentor.com/cbap-application-workshops.html Join our workshop to get more examples http://thebamentor.com/cbap-application-workshops.html
  14. 14. Identify work experience <ul><li>What are hands-on BA Tasks? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Activities that produce BA deliverables </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Where to find activities that produce BA deliverables? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>BABOK® 2.0 </li></ul></ul>Requirements Documentation Join our workshop to get more examples http://thebamentor.com/cbap-application-workshops.html Other Documentation Service level agreements Design documents Test cases Project charter
  15. 15. Tool #2: BA Deliverables CheatSheet <ul><li>Align your experience with the BABOK® </li></ul>True BA tasks BA Activities BA activities deliverables Purchase at www.thebamentor.com
  16. 16. Tips: Tasks <ul><li>Join our workshop to get more tips </li></ul><ul><li>http://thebamentor.com/cbap-application-workshops.html </li></ul>
  17. 17. Identify work experience <ul><li>Step 6: Eliminate non-BA activities/projects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Non-supervisory management of business analysis activities (e.g., resource management, status reporting, performance management, etc.). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teaching of business analysis training courses. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Selling requirements tools/software. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project Management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Testing (e.g., creating and executing test scripts, reporting on testing status, creating test plans/strategies, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Programming </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. End Result <ul><li>Projects & qualifying BA deliverables </li></ul>Purchase at www.thebamentor.com
  19. 19. How to compute percentages
  20. 20. Tool #3: CBAP® Application Worksheet <ul><li>Align deliverables to tasks </li></ul><ul><li>Calculate percentages </li></ul><ul><li>Determine eligibility </li></ul>
  21. 21. Start and end date of the project Project Name Here Calculation of Hours based on 40 hrs/week Enter Estimated hours Eligible BA tasks Potentially Eligible BA tasks Non-Eligible BA tasks Calculated Percentage Eligible KA Percentage
  22. 22. Compute percentage <ul><li>Step 7: Determine number of hours on each project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For each BA activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For each KA </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Step 8: Determine percentages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For each KA in rapport to the Sum of all BA activities performed on each project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>example: Sum of BA Activities is 900 and Sum of activities under Elicitation Knowledge Area is 120 hours. Percentage of Elicitation Knowledge Area is 13% of total BA activities </li></ul></ul></ul>CBAP® Application Worksheet computes numbers and percentages End – Start date * Daily work hrs “ Guesstimate” or use % of total BA hrs on projects Sum of BA activities hours belonging to each KA
  23. 23. Tips: Project hrs vs BA hrs <ul><li>Join our workshop to get more tips </li></ul><ul><li>http://thebamentor.com/cbap-application-workshops.html </li></ul>
  24. 24. Tips: Use appropriate % Join our workshop to get more tips http://thebamentor.com/cbap-application-workshops.html
  25. 25. Are you eligible? <ul><li>Step 9: Determine your eligibility </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sum up all KA hours for each project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ensure that they meet requirements </li></ul></ul>CBAP® Application Worksheet determines your eligibility Establish your eligibility & Determines areas of improvement Purchase at www.thebamentor.com 900 hrs in 4 out of the 6 knowledge areas 900 hrs in 2 out of 6 Knowledge areas Or 500 hrs in 4 out of 6 Knowledge areas Knowledge area experience CBAP® CCBA®  
  26. 26. What’s next? <ul><li>Step 10: Complete your application & get approved </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use data from all CBAP® Application Worksheet to complete your application </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Let us know when your application gets approved </li></ul></ul>
  27. 27. What does the application look like?
  28. 28. Application Education Work Experience Project Info Contact & Org Info
  29. 29. Tips: Important Fields Very Important: This contact name could be a manager or someone who worked on the same project who can vouch for your experience <ul><li>Write descriptions that can be understood by anyone </li></ul><ul><li>Write for a 6 th grade level </li></ul><ul><li>Write only one sentence </li></ul><ul><li>Do not use acronyms </li></ul><ul><li>Do not describe the details of the project </li></ul>Big difference between Role and Title. Example if your title is QA but on every project you find yourself doing BA tasks, then your role is BA not QA Avoid using roles that may raise suspicion. Example: Manager of BA. Use Sr. BA instead Join our workshop to get more tips http://thebamentor.com/cbap-application-workshops.html Join our workshop to get more tips http://thebamentor.com/cbap-application-workshops.html
  30. 30. Application BAPM Hour on Project RMC Elicitation Join our workshop to get more tips http://thebamentor.com/cbap-application-workshops.html

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