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CBAP and BABOK. Presented to the Albany Capital District Chapter of the IIBA February 3, 2009. Mission: To develop and maintain standards for the practice of business analysis and for the certification of its practitioners

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cbap and babok


Presented to the Albany Capital District Chapter of the IIBA

February 3, 2009

Mission: To develop and maintain standards for the practice of business analysis and for the certification of its practitioners
  • The IIBA is an international non-profit professional association for business analysis professionals
March 2004
    • 37 members
    • 2 countries (Canada & US)
  • December 2008
    • 7,791 members
    • 81 chapters
    • 68 countries
    • 462 CBAP’s (Certified Business Analysis Professional)
business analysis
Business Analysis
  • Business Analysis is the set of tasks, knowledge and techniques required to identify business needs and determine solutions to business problems.
  • Solutions often include a systems development component, but may also consist of process improvement or organizational change.

International Institute of Business Analysis – Body of Knowledge (BABOK)

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.
business analysis body of knowledge
Business Analysis Body of Knowledge
  • The BABOK is the collection of knowledge within the profession of Business Analysis and reflects generally accepted practice
  • Describes business analysis areas of knowledge, their associated activities and tasks and the skills necessary to be effective in their execution
  • Provides the basis for the CBAP certification
cbap certification
CBAP Certification
  • Qualified practitioners will receive the designation – Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP)
    • This certification is designed for individuals with an advanced level of knowledge and experience
    • The IIBA is considering a secondary certification to meet the needs of less senior Business Analysts
    • Membership in the IIBA is not required to take the certification examination
  • A recognized expert in identifying the business needs of an organization in order to determine business solutions
  • CBAPs are acknowledged as competent individuals performing a role which is increasingly recognized as a vital component of any successful project
benefits of cbap certification
Benefits of CBAP Certification
  • Validation of skills and capabilities by a recognized external authority
  • Recognition by peers and management as qualified and experienced to practice business analysis
  • Confirmation of competence in the principles and practices of business analysis
  • Advanced career potential by creating a separate and distinct career path within the information technology industry and business community
certification requirements
Certification Requirements
  • 5 years (7,500 hours) of business analysis work in the last 10 years
  • Demonstrated experience and expertise in at least 4 of the 6 BABOK Knowledge Areas
  • Minimum high school diploma or equivalent
  • 21 hours of BA professional development in the last 4 years
  • 2 professional references
work experience
Work Experience
  • Acceptable activities include:
    • Hands-on business analysis activities (as per BABOK)
    • Coaching or mentoring Business Analysts with respect to business analysis activities
    • Development of an organization’s business analysis methodology and/or best practices
    • Development of business analysis training courses
work experience12
Work Experience
  • Activities that will not apply include:
    • Non-supervisory management of business analysis activities (e.g., resource management, status reporting, performance management, etc.)
    • Teaching business analysis training courses
    • Selling requirements tools/software
    • Project Management
    • Testing
    • Programming
knowledge areas
Knowledge Areas
  • Enterprise Analysis
  • Requirements Planning and Management
  • Requirements Elicitation
  • Requirements Analysis and Documentation
  • Requirements Communication
  • Solution Assessment and Validation
professional development
Professional Development
  • Directly related to business analysis or its underlying fundamentals
  • IIBA endorsed education provider courses qualify – note if EEP course
  • IIBA will review course outline to determine if other courses qualify
  • Project management, programming, or testing courses will not qualify
  • Must be provided by a:
    • Career Manager (person who is responsible for your annual performance review)
    • Internal or external client
    • Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP)
the certification process
The Certification Process
  • Submit application including:
    • Application form and application fee
    • References
    • Code of Conduct form
    • Examination fee (due at least 60 days prior to exam date)
  • IIBA reviews to determine if requirements are met – notifies via e-mail within 30 days
register for exam
Register for Exam
  • Approved applicant has one year to successfully pass the exam
  • Within a month of approval, e-mail from Castle Worldwide with user ID and password to register online for a test center and test date
  • If exam is passed – granted CBAP certification
  • If exam is not passed – may retake the exam once after three month wait if still within one year eligibility
certification fees
Certification Fees
  • Initial fees
    • $125 application fee that is non-refundable
    • $325 exam fee for IIBA members
    • $450 exam fee for non-members
  • Rewrite fees
    • $250 for IIBA members
    • $375 for non-members
  • Recertification is required every 3 years
  • Require 60 Continuing Development Units (CDUs) to recertify
  • Renewal fee - $85 for IIBA members and $120 for non-members
latest developments
Latest Developments
  • IIBA is piloting an online application process which includes payment of the application fee - plans are to launch the process in March
  • BABOK v2 expected to be released in March
  • Plans are to begin working on the next version of the CBAP exam in March or April 2009
  • New Career Center on IIBA website for job seekers and employers
  • Identifies currently accepted practices
  • Recognizes business analysis is not synonymous with software requirements
  • Defined and enhanced by the professionals who apply it
  • Captures the sum of the knowledge required for the practice of business analysis as a profession
what the babok is not
What the BABOK is NOT
  • It is NOT a methodology nor does it prescribe or favor a methodology
  • It is NOT a “how to” business analysis instruction manual
  • Applicable to all business analysis efforts
    • “Necessary” components of business analysis
    • May be executed as often as necessary
    • Consistently defined inputs and outputs
  • Cover different methodologies or approaches
    • BPM (business process management), Agile, Iterative, waterfall, etc.
    • Usage depends on the purpose
    • Understand when techniques are appropriate
example task techniques
Example Task & Techniques
  • Task: Conduct Elicitation Activity
  • Techniques:
    • Brainstorming
    • Requirements Workshop
    • Interview
    • Prototyping
    • Etc.
future plans
Future Plans
  • Publication of BABOK v2
    • Release of electronic copy in late March 2009
    • Free for IIBA members, nonmembers will be charged
    • IIBA is investigating print options
  • Future editions – expected every five years
knowledge sharing
Knowledge Sharing
  • Suman Akula has successfully completed his application to sit for the CBAP exam and is willing to answer questions about his experience
  • Is there anyone else here who has completed or is in the process of applying to take the exam?