Q. What is a Business Analysis?
A. Business analysis is the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to identify business needs and determine solutions to problems.
The person who carries out this detailed investigation and analysis is called a business analyst or BA. The BA Identifies and recommend viable solutions for meeting those business needs.
Different activities performed by the BA include:
- Elicitation, documentation, and management of requirements in order to meet business and project objectives
- Collaborate with stakeholders and facilitate the successful implementation of the product, service or result of the program/project
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 PMI-PBA?
A: PMI-PBA is an accredited PMI® Professional in Business Analysis Certification
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:
- 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 BA experience of 5 years rather than of 3 years.
- 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).
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.
For further details, please refer PMI-PBA Handbook
Q. What is the course outline?
A. PMI® has grouped business analysis activities under 5 domains:
- Needs Assessment (this section comprises 18 percent of the Exam)
- Defining Business Problems or Opportunities and Developing a Solutions Scope Statement or Business Case
- Determining the Value Proposition of the Initiative
- Identifying Business Needs and Developing Project Goals and Objectives
- Identifying Stakeholders and Stakeholder Values
- Planning (this section comprises 22 percent of the Exam)
- Establishing Business Analysis Activities
- Defining strategy for Requirements Traceability
- Preparing the Requirements Management Plan
- Defining Requirements Change Control and Communication Processes
- Selecting methods for Requirements Change Control, and Document Control Processes
- Defining Business Metrics and Acceptance Criteria
- Analysis (this section comprises 35 percent of the Exam)
- Eliciting and Identifying Requirements
- Analyzing, Decomposing, and Elaborating Requirements
- Evaluating Options and Capabilities using Decision-Making
- Allocating Requirements to Create a Requirements Baseline
- Obtaining Stakeholder Consensus in order to Obtain Sign-off
- Detailing out Business Metrics and Acceptance Criteria
- Traceability and Monitoring (this section comprises 15 percent of the Exam)
- Tracking the Status, Sources, and Relationships of Requirements using Artifacts or Tools
- Monitoring the Lifecycle of Requirements
- Updating the Status of Requirements and Recording Changes by Communicating with Stakeholders
- Communicating Important Requirements Information and Status with Stakeholders and Project Managers
- Managing Changes to the Requirements by evaluating Impacts, Dependencies and Risks
- Evaluation (this section comprises 10 percent of the Exam)
- Validating Solutions Test Results against Defined Requirements Acceptance Criteria
- Analyzing, Communicating, and Resolving Solution Gap Analysis
- Obtaining Stakeholder Sign-off and Proceeding Toward Deployment
- Using Valuation Techniques to Determine How Well the Solution Met Business Needs and Values
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. To meet the eligibility criteria, you need 35 contact hours of business analysis education. You can take this education from any registered education provider following PMI-PBA Content Outline
Q. How do I schedule PMI-PBA exam?
A. Once you are eligible, PMI will e-mail you examination scheduling instructions with your eligibility code which you will need when scheduling your exam. You can schedule your exam appointment online or by telephone. Full details can be found in the certification handbook and within the examination scheduling instructions.
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. 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.