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CBAP / CCBA Certified Business Analysis Study Guide

  • ID: 2250722
  • Book
  • May 2011
  • 504 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd

Covers All Exam Objectives

Includes Real–World Scenarios and Leading–Edge Exam Prep Software Featuring:

  • Custom Test Engine
  • Four Practice Exams
  • Hundreds of Sample Questions
  • Over 100 Electronic Flashcards

Prepare for Both of IIBA′s Business Analysis Exams

The International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) offers two certifications in business analysis the Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) and the new Certification of Competency in Business Analysis (CCBA ). This complete study guide helps candidates prepare for both exams. Following standards and best practices as defined in A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) Version 2.0, this practical study guide offers full coverage of all knowledge areas for both exams, an analysis of the strategies of successful BAs, exam tips to help you succeed, and more. Inside, you′ll find:

Full coverage of all knowledge areas for both exams in a systematic approach, so you can be confident you′re getting the instruction you need for the exams

A detailed matrix mapping business analysis techniques, deliverables, and stakeholders to the knowledge area tasks

Real–world scenarios that put what you′ve learned in the context of actual job roles

Challenging review questions in each chapter to prepare you for exam day

Exam Essentials, a key feature in each chapter that identifies critical areas you must become proficient in before taking the exam

A handy tear card that maps every official exam objective to the corresponding chapter in the book, so you can track your exam prep objective by objective

Look inside for complete coverage of all exam objectives.

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Introduction xix

Assessment Test xxxii

Chapter 1 Foundation Concepts 1

What Is Business Analysis? 2

The Business Analyst′s Role 3

Additional Roles: Generalist, Specialist, and Hybrid 4

Essential Skills of Effective Business Analysts 4

The Business Analyst and the Project Manager 6

Dealing with Key Stakeholders 7

Exploring the Business Analysis Knowledge Areas 9

Knowledge Area: Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring 10

Knowledge Area: Elicitation 11

Knowledge Area: Requirements Management and Communication 11

Knowledge Area: Enterprise Analysis 11

Knowledge Area: Requirements Analysis 12

Knowledge Area: Solution Assessment and Validation 12

How Are the Knowledge Areas Organized? 13

Exploring Requirements 14

Determining the Business Analysis Approach 15

Defining the Requirements Management Process 15

Classifying Requirements 16

Understanding How This Applies to Your Projects 21

Summary 24

Exam Essentials 25

Key Terms 26

Review Questions 27

Answers to Review Questions 31

Chapter 2 Controlled Start: Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring 33

Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring 34

The Business Analyst s Task List 35

When Does Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring Take Place? 35

Plan the Business Analysis Approach 37

Conduct Stakeholder Analysis 49

Plan Business Analysis Activities 59

Plan Business Analysis Communication 67

Plan Requirements Management Process 75

Manage Business Analysis Performance 81

How This Applies to Your Projects 88

Summary 90

Exam Essentials 91

Key Terms 92

Review Questions 93

Answers to Review Questions 97

Chapter 3 Controlled Start: Enterprise Analysis 99

Enterprise Analysis 100

The Business Analyst′s Task List 101

When Does Enterprise Analysis Take Place? 102

Define the Business Need 102

Assess Capability Gaps 110

Determine Solution Approach 117

Define the Solution Scope 121

Define Business Case 126

How This Applies to Your Projects 132

Summary 134

Exam Essentials 135

Key Terms 137

Review Questions 138

Answers to Review Questions 142

Chapter 4 Overarching Tasks: Requirements Management and Communication 145

Requirements Management and Communication 146

The Business Analyst s Task List 148

When Does Requirements Management

and Communication Take Place? 149

Manage Solution Scope and Requirements 150

Manage Requirements Traceability 158

Maintain Requirements for Reuse 166

Prepare a Requirements Package 169

Communicate Requirements 176

How This Applies to Your Projects 181

Summary 183

Exam Essentials 184

Key Terms 186

Review Questions 187

Answers to Review Questions 191

Chapter 5 Controlled Middle: Elicitation 193

Requirements Elicitation 194

The Business Analyst s Task List 196

When Does Elicitation Take Place? 197

Prepare for Elicitation 197

Conduct Elicitation Activity 203

Document Elicitation Results 219

Confirm Elicitation Results 222

How This Applies to Your Projects 225

Summary 228

Exam Essentials 229

Key Terms 230

Review Questions 231

Answers to Review Questions 235

Chapter 6 Controlled Middle: Requirements Analysis 237

Requirements Analysis 238

The Business Analyst′s Task List 240

When Does Requirements Analysis Take Place? 240

Prioritize Requirements 241

Organize Requirements 248

Specify and Model Requirements 253

Define Assumptions and Constraints 271

Verify Requirements 273

Validate Requirements 280

How This Applies to Your Projects 284

Summary 285

Exam Essentials 286

Key Terms 288

Review Questions 289

Answers to Review Questions 293

Chapter 7 Controlled End: Solution Assessment and Validation 295

Solution Assessment and Validation 296

The Business Analyst s Task List 298

When Does Solution Assessment and Validation Take Place? 298

Assess Proposed Solution 299

Allocate Requirements 303

Assess Organizational Readiness 308

Define Transition Requirements 313

Validate Solution 318

Evaluate Solution Performance 322

How This Applies to Your Projects 327

Summary 330

Exam Essentials 331

Key Terms 333

Review Questions 334

Answers to Review Questions 338

Chapter 8 Underlying Competencies 341

Essential Skills of Effective Business Analysts 342

When Are the Underlying Competencies Used? 343

Analytical Thinking and Problem–Solving Skills 344

Behavioral Characteristics 348

Business Knowledge 349

Software Applications 352

Communication Skills 353

Interaction Skills 356

How This Applies to Your Projects 362

Summary 363

Exam Essentials 363

Key Terms 366

Review Questions 367

Answers to Review Questions 371

Appendix A Advice on Completing Your Exam Application 373

CBAP® Experience Requirements 374

CCBA Experience Requirements 375

Calculate Your Experience Hours 377

Additional Exam Eligibility Requirements 378

The Exam Application Process 380

Appendix B Knowledge Areas, Tasks, and Elements 383

Review the Six Knowledge Areas 384

Knowledge Areas, Tasks, and Elements 385

Appendix C Mapping Techniques, Stakeholders, and Deliverables to Knowledge Areas and Tasks 391

Techniques 392

Stakeholders 398

Deliverables 403

Appendix D Quick Summary of Business Analysis Techniques 409

Business Analysis Techniques 410

The 34 General Techniques 411

The 15 Knowledge–Area–Specific Techniques 413

Appendix E Quick Summary of Business Analysis Deliverables 417

Business Analysis Deliverables 418

Appendix F About the Companion CD 423

What You ll Find on the CD 424

Sybex Test Engine 424

Electronic Flashcards 424

PDF of the Glossary of Terms 424

Adobe Reader 424

System Requirements 424

Using the CD 425

Troubleshooting 425

Customer Care 426

Index 427

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Susan Weese, CBAP®, PgMP, PMP, is founder of Rhyming Planet Inc., a Colorado–based IT project anagement/business analysis consulting firm. She has over 25 years of software and project management experience and currently focuses her consulting activities on project management and requirements development. Terri Wagner, PMP, is founder of Mentor Source, Inc., a Colorado–based business leadership and project management coaching, mentoring, consulting, and training company. She is an experienced instructional designer, coauthor, and technical editor who has produced several business leadership, project management, and business analysis textbooks and educational programs. Terri has also taught domestically and internationally to state agencies, governmental entities, corporate clients, and at the graduate level in the university system.

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