Q. What is a Business Analysis?
A. Business analysis is the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to:
- Determine problems and identify business needs.
- Identify and recommend viable solutions for meeting those needs.
- Elicit, document, and manage stakeholder requirements in order to meet business and project objectives.
- Facilitate the successful implementation of the product, service, or end result of the program or project.
- In short, business analysis is the set of activities performed to identify business needs and recommend relevant solutions; and to elicit, document, and manage requirements.
Source: Business Analysis for Practitioners, a Practice Guide
Q. What is PMI-PBA?
A: PMI-PBA is an accredited PMI® Professional in Business Analysis Certification and PMI defines business analysis as the application of knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to determine problems and identify business needs; to identify and recommend viable solutions for meeting those needs; to elicit, document, and manage stakeholder requirements in order to meet business and project objectives; and to facilitate the project team with the successful implementation of the product, service or end result of the project or program. While managing requirements is one critical part of the larger business analysis function, the process of business analysis often begins before project initiation, and extends beyond project closure, to ensure that expected benefits are realized. Regardless of whether a project manager or business analyst has responsibility, being good at these related functions is essential to ensure successful delivery of projects and programs.
Q. What is Techtrain PMI PBA class room program:
A. Techtrain class room program is designed to build an individual expertise in business analysis and that is required both in project management and business analysis to utilize in their projects and programs. Techtrain class room program is developed as per the knowledge and task driven guidelines provided by PMI to perform to the industry wide standard in the role of a business analysis professional. This program will help you to learn essential areas, necessary to pass the globally recognized examination, and in mastering the five domains of business analysis and 28 tasks and in grasping the 40 business knowledge and skills. The examination is ‘experience based’, therefore we do understand that simply memorizing the content is not the best indicator, therefore our program accommodates both the practical and learned experience in the business analysis.
Q. Who should join the program:
A. Any professional who work in projects and program including project and program managers, who perform business analysis in their role:
- Business Analyst
- System Analyst
- Program Manager
- Delivery Manager
- Project Manager
- Product Manager
- Product Owner
- Domain Specialist
- Systems architects or designers
- IT managers/directors
- QA professionals
- Systems testers
- Business customers, users, or partners
- Anyone wanting to enhance their business analysis skill
Q. Do I need to be a designated business analyst to apply for PMI-PBA certification?
A: No, Business analyst designation is not a mandate for PMI-PBA Certification. PMI® recognizes if you are a part of a business analysis irrespective of your designation. You may be a system engineer or a project manager but if your work activities are as per the content outline of the PMI-PBA this then makes you eligible for this certificate.
Q. Is PMP® a prerequisite for PMI-PBA?
A: No, you don’t need any PMI® Certification as a prerequisite for PMI-PBA Course.
Q. What is the eligibility criterion?
A: The eligibility criterion of PMI-PBA is grouped under two types:
Experience- If you have a bachelor’s degree or a global equivalent, then you need to have an experience of 3 years in business analysis. This means you are required to have 4500 hours of experience in 3 years duration doing activities associated with the business analysis. – If you do not have a bachelor’s degree, then you need to have an experience of 5 years rather than of 3 years. PMI also requires you to demonstrate you have worked on a project for at least 2000 hours. These 2000 hours implies you need to show you were doing business analysis, which later turned into a project environment. This is because PMI-PBA is launched with the goal that we need to do an effective Business analysis to get project successful. Business Analysis Education You need to acquire 35 hours of Business Analysis Education, which can be achieved by enrolling in a formal study course offered by PMI chapters or approved Registered Education Providers (R.E.P.s).
Q. What is the course outline?
A. PMI® has grouped business analysis activities under 5 domains:
- The first set is a Need Assessment wherein one needs to do enterprise analysis, high level scoping, identifying top level stakeholders, prepares business case
- Second is Planning wherein establishing tools, policies and procedures for requirements management plan, requirements traceability, change management, document control, and acceptance criteria are carried out
- Third is Analysis, wherein elicitation, analysis, decomposition, acceptance, approval, specification, and validation of the requirements for a product or project are performed. You get into the details of top level requirement, create a system specification document, create business process flow, and show system user interaction. Such kind of elaboration of resulting into communicating the detailed requirements to the development team is considered
- Fourth, Traceability and Monitoring wherein managing the life cycle of requirements are involved. It involves monitoring requirements throughout their lifecycles using a traceability tools and techniques, updating requirement status as it moves through its life cycle, communicating requirement status to stakeholders and managing changes to requirements
- And, lastly fifth, Evaluation , whether it’s meeting the requirements and meets the business need
You can check the details in the PMI-PBA Content Outline
Q. I have been working on business analysis for three years and now I am working on Project Management for past two years, can I still opt for PMI-PBA?
A. Yes, if you are currently holding Project Manager Position, still you are eligible for this certification. As a Project Manager, you can show what business analysis activities you did for each domain. PMI-PBA just needs business analysis experience regardless of designation. Anyone, who work on projects and programs, as well as project and program managers who perform business analysis as part of their role can apply for this certification
Q. How many Contact Hours are required?
A. You need to have 35 contact hours of business analysis education. This education you can take from any registered education provider following PMI-PBA Content Outline
Q. Where can I give the exam?
A. The centres authorized to take exams for PMP® can also take exams for PMI-PBA. Centres which are conducting exam for CAPM® or PMI-ACP® may not be able to conduct this exam
Q. What is the duration of the PMI-PBA Exam?
A. Four hours duration for 200 questions
Q. Do we have a book the way we have PMBOK® for PMP®?
A. As of now PMI® has released Business Analysis for Practitioners, A Practice Guide for the examination and ‘A Practice standard for Requirement Management’. PMI® has also suggested a few reference books which you can go through on the basis of PMI-PBA Content Outline.