IIBA BABOK 3.0 (CBAP®-CCBA®) Exam Preparation

Introduction

The BABoK® Guide v3 (Business Analysis Body of Knowledge) is the most globally recognized framework for business analysis. It covers all tasks a business analyst should know and control; all these 30 tasks being groups into 6 knowledge areas (Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring, Elicitation and Collaboration, Requirements Lifecycle Management, Strategy Anaysis, Requirements Analysis and Design Definition, and Solution Evaluation).

The role of business analyst has been dramatically extended with the 3rd version of the BABoK® Guide. She/he is enabling a change anywhere in an organization in a form of a project or continual improvement, understanding current state, defining future state and determining activities to move to future state.

A theoretical review will be accompanied by a series of questions to carefully prepare you to acquire certification. It is important to notice that intensive home work is required after the course in order to assimilate all the topics covered by the examination, volume of information being fairly large (including the coverage of 50+ techniques).
 

Audience

This course is intended for business analysts, project managers, systems analysts and team members or others interested in acquiring one of the IIBA® credentials (ECBA™, CCBA®, CBAP®) or anyone who wants to gather more knowledge or challenge their current practices.

Prerequisites

The International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) offers different levels of certification according to your experience business analysis:
  • ECBA™: Entry Certifificate in Business Analysis™ for individuals entering the BA profession
  • CCBA®: Certification of Capability in Business Analysis™ for people having a minimum of 3,750 hours (2-3 years) of work experience in the last 7 years
  • CBAP®: Certified Business Analysis Professional™ for candidates having a minimum of 7,500 hours (more than 5 years) of work experience in the last 10 years
 
For participants having to pass the CCBA® or CBAP® examination, they must satisfy all the CBAP® registration requirements including education, work experience, expertise in the 6 knowledge areas and references.

At course completion

After completing this course, participants will be able to:
 
  • Learn and align your own skills to the principles, activities, tasks and techniques described in the six knowledge areas within the BABOK® Guide
  • Get familiar with the structure of the BABOK® Guide
  • Apply tasks and techniques from all 6 knowledge areas to business scenarios
  • Adapt the BABOK® Guide usage according to 5 perspectives
  • Assess your ability to pass one of the three level-based exam (ECBA™, CCBA®, CBAP®) according to the number of years of their professional experience and through completed series of questions

This course shows evidence of 35 hours of training in business analysis (35 contact hours).

Exams

IIBA® has defined four levels of certification depending on the number year of experience in Business Analysis:
  • ECBA™: Level 1: Entry Certificate in Business Analysis™
Recognizes individuals entering the field of business analysis
Exam: 1 hour, 50 multiple choice questions
  • CCBA®: Level 2: Certification of Capability in Business Analysis™
Recognizes BA professionals who have 2-3 years  of business analysis experience
Exam: 3 hours, 130 scenario-based multiple choice questions
  • CBAP®: Level 3: Certified Business Analyst Professional™
Recognizes BA professionals who manage and  lead with over 5 years  of business analysis experience
Exam: 3.5 hours, 120 case study-based (i.e. longer cases (1-1.5 pages) of information) multiple choice questions  about the case
  • CBATL™: Level 4: Certified Business Analyst Thought Leader™
Not yet released. Many details are still in the midst of finalization. More information will be released by the end of 2017.

To pass your examination based on the BABoK® Guide v3, you will need to follow the following process:

  1. Ensure if you are eligible for the appropriate level of credential
  2. Fill out the application form. From level 2, this includes the list of your experiences and persons of reference
  3. Prepare yourself for the exam (simulate exam with several complete sets of multiple choice questions)
  4. IIBA™ will need to validate your application form
  5. Proceed to payment
  6. Schedule your exam at an accredited test center near your location when you are ready

Course outline

Module 1: Introduction to the BABoK® Guide and the Business Analysis
  • Lesson 1: Purpose and structure of the BABoK® Guide
  • Lesson 2: What is business analysis and business analyst role?

Module 2: Key concepts
  • Lesson 1: Business Analysis Core Concept Model™
  • Lesson 2: Requirements Classification Schema
  • Lesson 3: Stakeholders
  • Lesson 4: Definition of Requirements and Design

Module 3: Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring
  • Lesson 1: As any professional, a business anlyst must identify, estimate, organize, coordinate efforts of business analyst and his stakeholders.
  • Lesson 2: When planned tasks are carried out, the business analyst has to analyze and report about business analysis activities performance.
  • Lesson 3:Tasks:
  • Plan business analysis approach
  • Plan Stakeholder engagement
  • Plan business analysis governance
  • Plan business analysis information management
  • Identify business analysis performance improvements

Module 4: Elicitation and collaboration
  • Lesson 1: Obtain information from stakeholders or other sources and make the results confirmed.
  • Lesson 2: Ensures that all stakeholders are working together towards a common goal with satisfaction.
  • Lesson 3: Tasks
  • Prepare for elicitation
  • Conduct elicitation
  • Confirm elicitation results
  • Communicate business analysis information
  • Manage stakeholder collaboration

Module 5 - Requirements Life Cycle Management
  • Lesson 1: Requirements may evolve and the business analyst has to manage and maintain them from inception to retirement.
  • Lesson 2: Relationship between requirements and design must be established when changes are proposed, and consensus on changes have to be gained.
  • Lesson 3: Tasks
  • Trace requirements
  • Maintain requirements
  • Prioritize requirements
  • Assess requirements changes
  • Approve requirements

Module 6: Strategy Analysis
  • Lesson 1: Strategy defines the best way to use capabilities of an organization to reach desired goals and objectives
  • Lesson 2: Business analyst works with stakeholders to identify a strategical or tactical need and enables the enterprise to address it
  • Lesson 1:Tasks
  • Analyse current state
  • Define future state
  • Assess risks
  • Define change strategy

Module 7: Requirements Analysis and Design Definition
  • Lesson 1: Business analyst has to structure, organize, specify and model elicited requirements, validate and verify information and identify solution approach to meet business needs.
  • Lesson 2: Tasks:
  • Specify and model requirements
  • Verify requirements
  • Validate requirements
  • Define requirements architecture
  • Define design options
  • Analyse potential value and recommend solution

Module 8 - Solution evaluation
  • Lesson 1: Business analyst will assess the performance of and the value delivered by a solution.
  • Lesson 2: Tasks
  • Measure solution performance
  • Analyse performance measures
  • Assess solution limitations
  • Assess enterprise limitations
  • Recommend actions to increase solution value

Module 9 :Underlying competencies
  • Lesson 1: Description of behaviours, characteristics, knowledge and personal qualities a business analyst should have.
  • Lesson 2: Soft skills

Module 10 : Techniques
  • Lesson 1: 50 shared techniques

Module 11: Perspectives
  • Lesson 1: Define focus to tasks and techniques to be used and adapted according to the context of the initiative. Some additional techniques are proposed per perspective.
  • Agile
  • Business Intelligence
  • Information Technology
  • Business Architecture
  • Business Process Management

Module 12: Starting-up preparation for the examination.

BABoK® is a registered marks of the International Institute of Business Analysis™