What is PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA) ® certification:
PMI-PBA® certification is the internationally acclaimed accelerated Business Analysis certification for your core business analysis skills. This certificate is clear evidence of your hands-on practical Business Analysis skills for (But not limited to):
- Your ability to define and interpret Business Benefits
- Your skills to engage stakeholders to develop the right solution
- Your approach of doing business analysis both for a project and a core business environment.
- Your experience of requirement development and management
So, the PMI-PBA® certification makes you a certified expert in delivering desired business outcomes. Also, it highlights your business analysis skills in defining and interpreting business direction necessary for realizing business benefits.
Why PMI-PBA® certification:
There are many other business analysis certificates besides PMI-PBA® certification; then the question is – why to choose PMI-PBA® certification?
The core focus of PMI-PBA® certification is for those who are doing business analysis in a project environment. The business analysis is a critical and required competency for a successful project. Thus, the PMI-PBA® certification gives a close link with PMBOK® Guide, which is the primary reference for PMP® certification. The linking with PMBOK® Guide helps you to excel in your business analysis skills in a project environment. It is the main reason for choosing PMI-PBA® certification even by project managers who either closely work with Business analysts or doing a hybrid PM/BA role.
For more details on which certification to choose – PMI-PBA® or CABAP, please refer following blog: PMI-PBA® Vs. CBAP Certification
- Updated as per recent 2018 PMI-PBA® exam changes
- iZenBridge has been approved by PMI to issue 35 PDUs for this course
- 60+ hours of classroom style videos using interactive whiteboard session
- Quizzes after each lesson
- 900+ Assessment questions includes:
- 2 Full length simulation exams
- Practice questions for each business analysis domain
- Practice questions for business analysis tools & techniques and for knowledge & skills
- 180 days e-learning access
- Goal based study approach
- Easy returns, 7 days 100% money back guarantee
You will also get support through the journey of training right up to certification using:
- Our expert trainers stay personally connected with you at every step of your PMI-PBA® Certification
- Exclusive forum access where participants can share their learned and practical experiences. Forum is ideal to get expert tips for the exam
- Support in Filling PMI-PBA® Examination Application Form
- On demand sessions to clarify doubts related to examination
We do value the PMI-PBA® certification aspirant’s probes for the examination, and with regular interaction on the forum and on- demand clarification sessions, we are committed to making you ready for the examination from the very beginning.
Free Practice Test
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 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: Project Management Institute. Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide, 2015. Page 3
You can also refer following video to understand high level view of Business Analysis activities: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BS4cUJ9V0wA
Q. What is PMI-PBA® Certification?
A. PMI-PBA® certification is an accredited PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)® Certification. 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 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 a responsibility, being good at these related functions is essential to ensure the successful delivery of projects and programs.
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® certification, this then makes you eligible for this certificate.
Q. Is Project Management Professional (PMP)® Certification a prerequisite for PMI-PBA® Certification?
A. No, you don’t need any PMI Certification as a prerequisite for PMI-PBA® Certification.
Q. What is the eligibility criterion?
A. The eligibility criterion of PMI-PBA® certification 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. It 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 three 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. It is because PMI launched PMI-PBA® Certification with the goal that we need to do an effective Business analysis to get the 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) like iZenBridge
For more details to understand PMI-PBA® certification eligibility criteria, please refer following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pU9FsYBKQus
Q. What is the course outline?
A. PMI has grouped business analysis activities under five domains:
- The first set is a Need Assessment wherein one needs to do enterprise analysis, high level scoping, identifying top-level stakeholders, prepares the business case
- Second is Planning identifies tools, policies, and procedures for the requirements management plan, requirements traceability, change management, document control, and acceptance criteria.
- The 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 the top-level requirements, create a system specification document, create business process flow, and show system user interaction. Such kind of elaboration needs communication for the detailed requirements to the development team. The analysis domain also takes care of it.
- Fourth, Traceability and Monitoring wherein managing the life cycle of requirements are involved. It involves monitoring requirements throughout their lifecycles using 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® Certification 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® Certification?
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® Certification 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.
For more details on the understanding of your eligibility as a project manager – Why Should Project Manager Get PMI-PBA® 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® Certification Content Outline
Q. Where can I give the exam?
A. The centers authorized to take exams for PMP® can also take exams for PMI-PBA® Exam. Centers which are conducting the exam for Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® or Agile Certified Practitioner (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 A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) – Sixth Edition for PMP® Certification?
PMI has also suggested a few reference books which you can go through on the basis of PMI-PBA® Exam Content Outline.
iZenBridge – Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA) ® exam Prep course is completely based on PMI-PBA® Certification content outline.
We chronologically arranged the logical division of PMI-PBA® Certification Course content that makes studying pattern simple.
Before You Start
|PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)® Exam Introductory Guide – Must Read Before You Start|
|PMI-PBA® Exam Preparation Discussion|
|What is Business Analysis|
|Business Analysis Domains|
|Business Analysis Practice Guide|
Business Analysis Domains – A High Level View
|Traceability and Monitoring|
Introduction: PMI Guide to Business Analysis
|The Value of Business Analysis|
|What is Business Analysis|
|Type of Requirements|
|Product and Project Life Cycles|
|Components of the PMI Guide to Business Analysis|
The Environment in which Business Analysis is conducted
|Enterprise Environment Factors and Organization Process Assets|
|Organization Systems and Business|
The Role of the Business Analyst
|Role of Business Analyst|
|Business Analyst’s Sphere of Influence|
Need Assessment Domain
|Identify Problem & Opportunity|
|Identify Problem or Opportunity – ITTO|
|Identify Problem or Opportunity – ITTO – Presentation|
|Assess Current State of the Organization|
|Assess Current State – ITTO|
|Assess Current State – ITTO – Presentation|
|Determine Future State – ITTO|
|Determine Future State – ITTO – Presentation|
|Recommend Actions to Address Business Need|
|Determine Viable Options and Provide Recommendation ITTO|
|Determine Viable Options and Provide Recommendation ITTO – Presentation|
|Facilitate Product Roadmap Development ITTO|
|Facilitate Product Roadmap Development ITTO – Presentation|
|Assemble the Business Case|
|Assemble Business Case ITTO|
|Assemble Business Case ITTO – Presentation|
|Support Charter Development ITTO|
|Support Charter Development ITTO – Presentation|
|Need Assessment Exam Tips|
|Planning Domain Clarification Session – Part -1 -Presentation|
|Planning Domain Clarification Session – Part -1 -Clarification Session|
|Planning Domain Clarification Session – Part -2 -Presentation|
|Planning Domain Clarification Session – Part -2 -Clarification Session|
|Why Business Analysis Planning|
|Conduct or Refine the Stakeholder Analysis|
|Business Analysis Plan|
|What to include in the Business Analysis Plan|
|Leverage Past Experiences when Planning|
|Plan for Elicitation and Analysis|
|Define the Requirements Prioritization Process|
|Define the Traceability Approach|
|Define the Communication Approach|
|Define the Decision Making Process|
|Define the Requirements Verification & Validation Process|
Adaptive Life Cycle
|What is Agile?|
|Scrum in Action|
|The Product Backlog|
|Product Backlog Management|
|INVEST User Stories|
|Discussion on User Stories and Estimation|
|Value Based Prioritization|
|Agile Release Planning|
|Identify Stakeholders ITTO|
|Identify Stakeholders ITTO – Presentation|
|Conduct Stakeholder Analysis ITTO|
|Conduct Stakeholder Analysis ITTO – Presentation|
|Determine Elicitation Approach ITTO|
|Determine Stakeholder Engagement and Communication Approach ITTO – Presentation|
|Work Breakdown Structure|
|Conduct Business Analysis Planning ITTO|
|Conduct Business Analysis Planning ITTO – Presentation|
|Prepare for Transition to Future State ITTO|
|Prepare for Transition to Future State ITTO – Presentation|
|Manage Stakeholder Engagement and Communication – ITTO|
|Manage Stakeholder Engagement and Communication – ITTO – Presentation|
|Assess Business Analysis Performance ITTO|
|Assess Business Analysis Performance ITTO – Presentation|
|Plan for Elicitation|
|Determine Elicitation Approach ITTO|
|Determine Elicitation Approach ITTO – Presentation|
|Prepare for Elicitation|
|Prepare for Elicitation ITTO|
|Prepare for Elicitation ITTO – Presentation|
|Conduct Elicitation Activities|
|Conduct Elicitation ITTO|
|Conduct Elicitation ITTO – Presentation|
|Confirm Elicitation Results ITTO|
|Confirm Elicitation Results ITTO – Presentation|
|Elicitation Issues and Challenges|
|Plan for Analysis|
|Determine Analysis Approach ITTO|
|Determine Analysis Approach ITTO – Presentation|
|Business Analysis Model|
|Create and Analyze Models|
|The Product Backlog|
|Document the Solution Requirements|
|Verification and Validation|
|Identify and Analyze Product Risks|
|Identify and Analyze Product Risks – Presentation|
|Assess Product Design Options|
|Assess Product Design Options – Presentation|
|Exam Tips For Analysis Domain|
Traceability and Monitoring Domain
|Requirement Traceability Matrix|
|What is RTM – Basic Idea|
|What is RTM – Presentation|
|Determine Traceability and Monitoring Approach – ITTO|
|Determine Traceability and Monitoring Approach ITTO – Presentation|
|Dependency Management using RTM|
|Establish Relationship and Dependencies ITTO|
|Establish Relationship and Dependencies ITTO – Presentation|
|Work Authorization System|
|Baseline & Monitoring Requirements|
|The Requirements Life Cycle|
|Select and Approve Requirements ITTO|
|Select and Approve Requirements ITTO – Presentation|
|Managing Changes To Requirements|
|Configuration Management System|
|Manage Changes to Requirements and other Product Information ITTO|
|Manage Changes to Requirements and other Product Information ITTO – Presentation|
|Exam Tips For Traceability and Monitoring Domain|
|Evaluate Solution Performance ITTO|
|Evaluate Solution Performance ITTO – Presentation|
|Plan for Evaluation|
|Determine What to Evaluate|
|When and how to Validate Solution Results|
|Determine Solution Evaluation Approach ITTO|
|Determine Solution Evaluation Approach ITTO – Presentation|
|Evaluate Acceptance Results and Address Defects ITTO|
|Evaluate Acceptance Results and Address Defects ITTO – Presentation|
|Defects Go/No-Go Signoff|
|Obtain Solution Acceptance for Release ITTO|
|Obtain Solution Acceptance for Release ITTO – Presentation|
|Exam Tips For Evaluation Domain|
Need Assessment Domain- Tools & Techniques
|Role of BA in Need Assessment|
|Strategy Development & Refinement|
|Mission Objectives Strategies and Tactics|
|Porter’s Five Forces Framework|
|McKinsey 7S Model|
|Four View Model|
|Financial Decision Analysis (NPV , PV etc.)|
|Value Stream Mapping|
Business Analysis Tools and Techniques
|Interview Question Type|
|Force Field Analysis|
|Acceptance Criteria Definition|
|Presentation : Root Cause Analysis|
|Presentation: Interface Analysis|
|Presentation : Lesson Learned|
|Presentation : Brainstorming|
|Presentation : Pareto|
|Presentation : Functional Decomposition|
|Presentation : Document Analysis|
|Data Dictionary & Glossary|
|Presentation : Use Cases|
|Presentation : Sequence Diagram|
|Prioritization & Decision Making: MoSCow|
|Decision Tree and Expected Monitory Value|
A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) – Sixth Edition Chapters
|Introduction of PMBOK® Guide Edition|
|Project Integration Management|
|Project Scope Management|
|Economic Models of Project Selections|
|Project Quality Management|
|Project Communication Management|
|Project Risk Management|
|Project Stakeholder Management|
Agile Practice Guide
|Lean Kanban Agile|
|Project Life cycle|
|Stacey Complexity Model|
|Characteristic of Project Life cycle|
|Hybrid Life Cycle|
|Agile Adaption Strategies|
|Start with an agile mind-set|
|Servant leadership empowers the team|
|Servant leader responsibilities|
|Role of The Project Manager In an Agile Environment|
|Dedicated Team Members|
|Overcoming Organizational Silos|
|Charter the Project and the Team|
|Common Agile Practices -Retrospectives|
|Common Agile Practices – Backlog Preparation|
|Organizational Change Management|
|Procurement and Contracts|
|Multiteam Coordination and Dependencies (Scaling)|
|AGILE Project Management Office|
PMI-PBA® Exam FAQs
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Director, Project Management Professional (PMP)® & Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® Certification Trainer, iZenBridge
Saket Bansal is the Founder of iZenBridge, a global education provider dedicated to improving the employability of working professionals. Saket started his professional career as a developer, and from the last eight years, he is in education and consulting. Saket facilitates training on Business Agility, SAFe, Disciplined Agile, Project Management, Agile, Scrum, Kanban, Facilitation and Coaching skills. Saket is helping start-ups, mid-size organizations and big corporates in developing high performing teams and achieving business agility.
Head Business Analysis Practices, PMI-PBA® Trainer
Seema Sonkiya having approx. 13 years of experience in Scrum, Extreme Programming, lean, and others that fall under the Agile umbrella.
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I prepared for 3 months before I scheduled my exam. I followed the Practice guide and PMBOK. The videos provided by Seema and Saket were very helpful in understanding the concepts. I went over them 2 times and got the complete understanding of the domains. In addition to this, I took lot of assessments ( more than 10 in each domain) and 4 full length tests. This is very useful since it builds endurance to sit and focus for 4 hours.
Regarding the exam, 98% percent of the questions were situational. The questions were tricky and the options were not as obvious as expected, several questions seemed to have all the options correct . There were a couple of questions where the weighted criteria had to be calculated to select the correct option. Also there were many questions regarding the prioritization techniques like the appropriate technique to choose based on the situation. It took me all 4 hours to finish my exam, without taking a break.
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She has immense knowledge about each of the PMI-PBA Domains which will build and enhance your understanding.
She covers 1 topic everytime and then takes up questions from participants and addresses it live at that point.
Post the sessions all relevant forum threads, references and recording from the clarification session are posted on exclusive webinar session thread.
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i) Open Forum to post queries anytime
ii) Exam Prep Questions
iii) Queries & Tricks
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v) Resources - Has selected/shortlisted videos
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The course comprises of different resources including Business Analysis Practice Guide from PMI, Lesson videos, Forum, clarification sessions and Practice tests. The program is extensive and comprehensive (covers all necessary information and tools for successful passing the PMI-PBA exam) and is backed up by a strong support system to help the students.
The program is well designed and covers end to end preparation i.e. from the stage of application form filling to passing the exam. The forum, clarification sessions and practice tests are great means to evaluate your understanding and prepare better.
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