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  • International Institute of Business Analysis
    Vision: The world's leading association for
    Business Analysis professionals”
    Mission: To develop and maintain standards for the practice of business analysis and for the certification of its practitioners
  • Agenda
    What is a Business Analyst?
    What is a Project Manager?
    How do BA and PM Roles Differ?
    What is the IIBA?
    What is the BABOK?
    What is the CBAP?
    How can I get Certified?
  • IT Professional Competencies – the Need
    IT Professionals need to possess expertise in multiple domains.
    Technical expertise alone will no longer be enough.
    IT Professionals must prove they can understand business realities – industry, core processes, customer bases, regulatory environment
    And contribute real business value to their enterprise
  • IT Requirements Challenges – the Statistics
    66% of software projects aren’t expected to finish on time or on budget.
    56% of project defects originate in the requirements phase of the project.
    Completed projects have only 52% of proposed functionality.
    75-80% of IT project failures are the result of requirements problems.
  • What Industry Experts are saying about BA
    "What CIOs increasingly demand is a business analyst-someone who can use a rich knowledge of the business end of things to develop applications that actually work well for the business." "The New IT Department: The Top Three Positions You Need” CIO Magazine, January 1, 2006
    "As part of its annual skills and salary survey, Foote Partners listed the hot jobs most likely to withstand offshoring. If you're starting out or seeking a change, consider these disciplines: Business analysts; Data modelers; Project managers.””A Tale of Three Studies"Certification Magazine, March 2006
  • What is Business Analysis?
    The set of tasks, knowledge, and techniques required to identify business needs and determine solutions to business problems
    Source: BABOK
  • What is a Business Analyst?
    Works as a liaison among stakeholders to elicit, analyze, communicate and validate requirements for changes to business processes, policies, and information and information systems
    Understands business problems and opportunities in the context of the requirements and recommends solutions that enable the organization to achieve its goals
    Source: IIBA
  • What is the Purpose of a Business Analyst?
    The Business Analyst is a key facilitator within an organization, acting as a bridge between the client, stakeholders and the solution team.
    Business analysis is distinct from financial analysis, project management, quality assurance, organizational development, testing, training and documentation development.  However, depending on an organization, an individual Business Analyst may perform some or all of these related functions.
    Source: IIBA
  • Activities of the Business Analyst
    Gather requirements
    Document processes
    Identify improvement opportunities
    Document business requirements
    Act as the liaison between users and architects
  • The BA and Knowledge Management
    The BA gathers data (which is unstructured and unusable-comments from users)
    Converts that data into information (which has structure-requirements)
    And then converts that information into knowledge (which is structured and usable by those who will build the application-requirements analysis and modeling)
  • What is Project Management?
    The application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to a broad range of activities in order to meet the requirements of a particular project.
    Comprised of five PM process groups: Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring/Controlling, Closing.
    Nine Knowledge Areas: Integration, Scope, Time, Cost, Quality, HR, Communications, Risk and Procurement.
    Source: PMBOK Guide
  • Skill Comparison - Similarities
  • Skill Comparison - Differences
  • One Person – Both Roles
    Appropriate for small projects.
    May indicate a lack of management understanding of the BA role.
    Be aware of conflicting focus and try to act in one role at a time.
    Be aware of a personal preference of one role over the other.
    Rely on external feedback and input.
    Make management and project team aware of the conflicting responsibilities and challenges associated with them.
  • Role Interrelationship
    Try to balance appropriate skill and experience of both roles.
    Strong PM – Weak BA:
    Requirements gathering and analysis may be rushed.
    PM is pushing for project progress.
    Incomplete, inaccurate requirements may result in rework.
    Weak PM – Strong BA:
    Too much time may be spent in requirements gathering.
    Project schedule may fall behind as a result
    Weakly enforced change control may result in “scope creep.”
  • IIBA Goals
    • Create and develop awareness and recognition of the value and contribution of the role of the Business Analysis Professional
    • Define the Body of Knowledge
    • Define the business analysis profession by providing certification to its members
    • Provide a forum for knowledgesharing
  • Business Analysis as a Professional Discipline
    IIBA intends to achieve that goal by:
    Creating and developing awareness and recognition of the value and contribution of the Business Analyst
    Defining the Body of Knowledge
    Providing a forum for knowledge sharing and contribution to the Body of Knowledge
    Identifying the required skills and competencies of a qualified Business Analyst
    Defining training and professional development standards 
    Publicly recognizing and certifying qualified Business Analysts
  • IIBA - Who We Are
    The IIBA is an international non-profit professional association for business analysis professionals.
    The IIBA was formed in October, 2003. The first CBAP exam was first offered in November, 2006.
  • IIBA Statistics
    Current Membership
    Worldwide – Approx. 4,214+
    Chapters – 111
    Countries - 68
    Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Greece, India, Iran, Jamaica, Mexico, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, UK, US….
  • International Membership Benefits
    Opportunity to influence and contribute to the profession and service of Business Analysis
    Member Newsletter with current information
    Access to forums for sharing your expertise, expressing your professional opinion, and building a reputation within the industry
    Personal Use of Membership Logo and Trademark as a "Member of the International Institute of Business Analysis™"
  • St. Louis Chapter Membership Benefits
    Networking with other business analysis professionals
    Mentoring opportunities
    Informational speakers on relevant topics
    Exposure to tools and techniques
    Promotion of local CBAP certification
  • What is the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge?
    • Captures the sum of knowledge within the profession of Business Analysis
    • Areas of knowledge
    • Associated activities & tasks
    • Skills necessary to be effective
    • Reflects currently accepted practices
    • Owned & enhanced by the professionals who apply it
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    What the BOK – IS NOT?
    It is NOT a methodology and must not prescribe or favor a methodology
    It is NOT a “how to do” business analysis instruction manual
  • Enterprise Analysis
    IIBA Body of Knowledge
    Requirements Planning and Management
    Requirements Elicitation
    Requirements Analysis and Documentation
    Solution Assessment and Validation
    Requirements Communication
    Fundamentals
  • Business Analysis Certification
    • Designation - Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP)
    • The IIBA Certification will recognize individuals with an advanced level of knowledge and qualifications
    Note: Education Provider certifications will not be recognized as a substitute to the IIBA certification
  • Business Analysis Certification
    Certification Entrance Criteria
    Five years work experience in past 10 years or 7500 hours of experience
    Experience in 4 out of 6 knowledge areas
    Minimum high school education
    Two references
    21 hours of professional development
  • Certification Process – Hot Tip!
    Plan ahead!!
    There are stories about how long it will take you to complete the application!
    Suggested 8-10 Hours
    Use BABOK Terminology
    Document more than required in case some of your hours are discounted
    Start early! Don’t wait until 30 days before the exam
  • CAIT Certification Track in Business Analysis
    • The CAIT Business Analyst Certificate provides a comprehensive Business Analyst training and certification program. It provides the core skills and knowledge needed to be an effective business analyst. It also prepares an individual for the Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) examination.
  • CAIT BA Certification Composition
  • Questions?
    Kurt Rolland
    IIBA St. Louis Chapter
    President
    (314) 482-4306
    http://www.stlouisiiba.org
    president@stlouis.theiiba.org