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  1. 1. The Business Analysis Body of Knowledge and Certification Process Central Iowa IIBA Chapter November 30, 2006
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Understand the BA BOK </li></ul><ul><li>The BA Certification Process </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Status of the BA Certification </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Business Analyst <ul><li>A business analyst works as a liaison among stakeholders in order to elicit, analyze, communicate, and validate requirements for changes to business processes, policies and information systems. </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is the BA BOK? <ul><li>Business Analysis is the set of tasks, knowledge & techniques required to identify business needs & determine solutions to business problems </li></ul><ul><li>The Business Analysis Body of Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Captures the sum of knowledge within the profession of Business Analysis </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Areas of knowledge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Associated activities & tasks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Skills necessary to be effective </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reflects what is considered currently accepted practices </li></ul><ul><li>Owned & enhanced by the BA professionals who apply it </li></ul>
  5. 5. Guide to Business Analysis Body of Knowledge <ul><li>Fundamentals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduction (Chapter 1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Business Analyst Fundamentals (Chapter 8) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>~ No detailed content~ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Glossary (Chapter 9) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Knowledge Areas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enterprise Analysis (Chapter 2) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Requirements Planning & Management (Chapter 3) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Requirements Gathering (Chapter 4) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Requirements Analysis & Documentation (Chapter 5) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Requirements Communication (Chapter 6) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Requirements Implementation (Chapter 7) </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Fundamentals <ul><li>Ensuring an effective Business Analysis resource </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Defines the general competencies, skills, techniques or knowledge needed to effectively perform business analysis but is not unique to business analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Value </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Articulates non-specific professional skills that are necessary in order for a Business Analysis professional to be successful in performing his/her role </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Communication Skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Leadership Skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Problem Solving Skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Business Knowledge </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>IT Knowledge </li></ul></ul></ul>Fundamentals Introduction Underlying Fundamentals Glossary
  7. 7. Enterprise Analysis <ul><li>Understanding the Big Picture </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pre-project / early project activities and approaches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Captures the view of the business to provide context to the requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supports initiatives & long-term planning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creates the business architecture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Includes process, workflow & entity relationship diagramming, cost / benefit analysis, feasibility studies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Value </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides understanding of the organizational environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides a context / foundation on which to evaluate all future issues & challenges </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scoping and identifying new business opportunities </li></ul></ul>Knowledge Areas
  8. 8. Requirements Planning & Management <ul><li>Defining the Plan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Specifies requirements activities to be performed on a specific project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identifies the deliverables to be produced </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Describes how changes will be controlled & managed </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Value </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identifies set of requirements activities most appropriate to the unique circumstances of the project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coordinates requirements with other project work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ensures a common understanding across the requirements team </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows for monitoring & addressing of requirements challenges </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Specifies tools, resources & contributors & ensures availability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ensures changes are captured correctly and consistently </li></ul></ul>Knowledge Areas
  9. 9. Requirements Gathering <ul><li>Executing the plan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identifies the tasks, knowledge & techniques for collecting the requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Defines standard techniques used to collect requirements for the system </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Value </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Defines the broad classifications of requirements (e.g., functional, usability, non-functional, constraints) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Describes the various techniques used to gather requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identifies the appropriate collecting method based on the applicability of a technique’s process, key features, strengths and weaknesses </li></ul></ul>Knowledge Areas
  10. 10. Requirements Analysis & Documentation <ul><li>Analyzing the data </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Defines the methods, tools & techniques used to structure the raw data collected during requirements gathering </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identifies gaps in the information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Defines the capabilities of the solution </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Value </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Transforms the business need into clearly described capabilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides the foundation for selecting the best alternative among the solution options </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides requirements that can be clearly communicated to the customer, users and stakeholders, and to the project team </li></ul></ul>Knowledge Areas
  11. 11. Requirements Communication <ul><li>Communicating the outcome </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Presents & communicates requirements to all stakeholders & implementers of the project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Brings the group to consensus & gets approval </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On-going, iterative process throughout life of project </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Value </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Presents the requirements in a format & structure that is appropriate for all intended audience(s) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Brings the various stakeholders to a common understanding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Formalizes agreement </li></ul></ul>Knowledge Areas
  12. 12. Solution Assessment and Validation <ul><li>Delivering the best solution </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ensures the solution meets the stakeholder objectives while supporting the needs of the developers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Guides detailed specifications & development of the solution, testing & implementation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Establishes ways to assess the project success after implementation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Value </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Articulates how the Business Analysis professional should work with the other project team members to produce the solution design </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identifies the approach to evaluating alternative solutions once requirements have been formally signed off </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ensures that the solution is implemented smoothly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Verifies that the solution is thoroughly tested </li></ul></ul>Knowledge Areas
  13. 13. Status of the IIBA BOK <ul><li>Who maintains the BA BOK? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>IIBA committee of Business Analysis professionals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drafts will continue to be posted on the web site </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Feedback to the guide </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Send comments to committee via the web site </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. What is Certification? <ul><li>Formal recognition of achievement after proving competency through an actual demonstration of a designated set of skills and/or knowledge. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Candidate Certification Requirements <ul><li>Work Experience </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Five years (7,500 hours) BA work experience in last ten years </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Areas of Expertise </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Experience in four out of six knowledge areas </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Education Requirement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>High school - No reduction in work experience for post secondary education </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Professional Development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Twenty-one hours in the last four years. </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Certification Eligibility <ul><li>Meet the requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Complete the CBAP Application Form </li></ul><ul><li>Obtain two professional references </li></ul><ul><li>Agree to adhere to the IIBA CBAP Code of Conduct Agreement </li></ul><ul><li>Submit the information </li></ul><ul><li>Keep a copy for your records </li></ul>
  17. 17. The Fees <ul><li>Application Fee </li></ul><ul><ul><li>$450.00 USD (IIBA members) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$575.00 USD (non-members) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The fee pays for the application processing and the initial exam sitting. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Rewrite Fee </li></ul><ul><ul><li>$250.00 USD (IIBA members) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$375.00 USD (non-members) </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. What Next? <ul><li>Application package will be assessed </li></ul><ul><li>If application is successful – sign up for writing the exam </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Maximum of 1 year to successfully pass the exam. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allowed 1 re-write in the one-year period. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Must wait 3 months before retaking the exam </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If unable to pass the exam within the one year period – must start from the beginning of the application process. </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. 2007 Testing <ul><li>9 total testing locations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>6 locations will be associated with BA World Events </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3 additional locations </li></ul></ul>Washington D.C. Vancouver Chicago Toronto Boston Montreal
  21. 21. QUESTIONS