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IIBA® Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) Comprehensive Study



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Prepare for the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®)’s Level 1 (ECBA™), Level 2 (CCBA®), or Level 3 (CBAP®) certification with Learning Tree’s customizable training program. Course 3515 provides a deep-dive into the knowledge areas, tasks, and techniques of the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK® Guide) version 3, and draw parallels to your own projects. Course 3516 is a 1-day exam preparation study of fact-based questions, and Course 3517 is a 1-day exam preparation study of case-study questions. Designing this important training in parts offers students the best chance of comprehending, applying, and analyzing the information, as well as the flexibility of preparing for the exam at a personal pace.

Course 3515 prepares you for the ECBA™
Courses 3515 and 3516 prepare you for the CCBA®
Courses 3515, 3516, and 3517 prepare you for the CBAP®

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You Will Learn How To

  • Navigate and absorb the BABOK® Guide
  • Apply BABOK® Guide best practices in the context of a project
  • Immerse yourself in the BABOK® Guide knowledge areas
  • Connect the dots between Business Analysis (BA) tasks and techniques

Important Course Information

Recommended Experience

The IIBA® has set the following business analysis work experience criteria for applying to sit their Exams:

  • ECBA™: 0 years
  • CCBA®: 2-3 years
  • CBAP®: 5+ years

Course Preparation

Two hours of reading, per night, will be assigned during class.

Course Materials

  • Attendees receive the BABOK® Guide version 3 and a set of study cards used with exercises in the course, and later as a study tool.
  • Students receive access to an electronic question bank to continue studying for 90 days.
  • Exam Information

  • At the end of class, students have the opportunity to take a practice exam designed to match the question breakdown of the ECBA™.
  • The IIBA® Exam is not offered with this course, as attendees need to complete an application process to qualify with IIBA® to sit the exam.
  • The IIBA® requires some professional development training before sitting the exam (course hours satisfy this requirement):
    • Level 1 (ECBA™) and Level 2 (CCBA®) require 21 hours (this course meets the 21 hour requirement)
    • Level 3 (CBAP®) requires 35 hours (this course, Course 3516, and Course 3517, together, meet the 35 hour requirement)

    Recommended CBAP Path

  • Take Course 3515 and read the BABOK® Guide thoroughly.
  • Take Course 3515 and study the practice questions.
  • Take Course 3516 and study the practice questions.
  • Sit the CBAP®exam.
  • Course Outline

    • Creating a Solid Base for Business Analysis

    Distinguishing between typical BA projects

    • Agile
    • Business intelligence
    • Information technology
    • Business architecture
    • Business process
    • Determining the role and focus of BA based on project type

    Identifying underlying competencies

    • Recognizing behavioral and thinking paradigms
    • Highlighting communication and interaction skills

    Describing key concepts

    • Establishing the vocabulary
    • BACCM
    • Stakeholders
    • Requirements
    • Designs
    • Strategy Analysis

    Researching the business organization in context to new change

    • Performing situational state analysis: current vs. future
    • Listing the business drivers and the problem/opportunity

    Understanding analytical methodologies and approaches

    • Defining and analyzing potential adverse events
    • Carrying out an enterprise readiness assessment
    • SWOT
    • KPIs
    • Functional decomposition
    • Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring

    Choosing a BA approach and establishing governance

    • Predictive vs. adaptive
    • Level of formality
    • Timing
    • Documenting and communicating requirements changes

    Understanding the community of stakeholders

    • Conducting a stakeholder analysis
    • Communicating: details, frequency, modality
    • Personas
    • Rules analysis
    • Organizational modeling
    • Elicitation and Collaboration

    Preparing and conducting elicitation sessions

    • Developing an elicitation activity plan
    • Collaboration
    • Research
    • Experiments

    Capturing accurate and consistent information

    • Comparing elicitation results to sources
    • Ensuring a shared understanding of information
    • Brainstorming
    • Interviews
    • Stakeholder maps
    • Requirements Analysis and Design Definition

    Specifying and modeling requirements and designs

    • Creating matrices and diagrams
    • Collecting and representing attributes
    • Implementing appropriate levels of abstraction
    • Process modeling
    • Sequence diagrams
    • State modeling

    Structuring and organizing requirements and designs

    • Illustrating flows of inputs, information, and outputs
    • Checking for correctness and completeness
    • Evaluating against solution scope
    • Verifying and validating specified and modeled requirements
    • Use cases
    • Data flow diagrams
    • Non-functional analysis
    • Requirements Life Cycle Management

    Defining types and deriving relationships

    • Finding relationships between requirements
    • Choosing prioritization criteria and requirements states

    Approving requirements and designs

    • Managing conflicts and issues
    • Gaining consensus and communicating approval
    • Item tracking
    • Workshops
    • Acceptance and evaluation criteria
    • Solution Evaluation

    Determining if what was specified solves the business problem

    • Recording and applying solution performance measurements
    • Identifying and analyzing limitations in the solution and the enterprise

    Recommending alternatives and actions to increase value

    • Listing and understanding external and internal factors
    • Considering solution replacement or retirement
    • Decision analysis
    • Organizational modeling
    • Risk analysis
    • Taking Your Next Step
    • Preparing to take a certification exam
    • Evaluating where you are
    • Considering Courses 3516 and 3517
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