Preparing for the PMI Professional in Business Analysis Exam PBA

hi everyone and welcome we’re so glad you have you join us today for our webinar on preparing for the PMI professional in business analysis the PMI PBA exam I’m Jill Schuler with max technical training and I’m your moderator today today’s webinar is the second of a series of four our next webinar will explore the topic how business analysts provide value in today’s work environment that will be held on October 21st and we certainly hope you can join us in a few days following this seminar you’re going to receive an email from Max with links to a recording of today’s webinar and the speaker slide deck max is also an annual sponsor for the i-iv a Cincinnati and PMI Southwest Ohio today’s Lunch and Learn is brought to you by max Technical Training premier provider of software and professional skills education for IT and business professionals delivering training and top technologies and methodologies for over 17 years our clients prefer max because our trainers are highly qualified experts in their subject areas and they can help clients solve real problems as a part of the typical classroom experience instruction at max is not a one-size-fits-all we develop and deliver modified and customized curriculum and can deliver the training privately on the client’s site we also provide follow-up mentoring coaching and consulting for those clients who need that extra booth to transform training into action we’re just about ready to start and we just have a couple of housekeeping tips here Laura’s going to present for about 45 minutes and then she’s going to take questions if you do have a question during the presentation please type it in the questions section found on your GoToWebinar screen Q&A will be saved for the end for comments or issues you would like to share with us you can use the chat section and remember today we’re recording the session and we’re going to email a link with that information sometime in the next few days with the slide deck and finally I am pleased to introduce to you Laura Patten who holds many certifications including MBA C bath PMP PMI PBA and CFM Laura has over 30 years of progressive IT experience 22 years in business analysis 10 years of IT project management and 9 years overseeing be a resource a strategy process the standards and tools over nine years as a pa ba PM instructor at both corporate and collegiate levels international work with volunteer teams to advance the practice of business analysis to building standards practice guides and develop training and webinars most importantly Laura is a major contributor to both a IBA and PMI she’s been chair of Babic 3 project manager for i-ight ba ba ba version 2 ba and PM instructor and most importantly she’s the lead author and chair of the PMI ba practice guide and were thrilled that she is with us and she’s and we’re thrilled that you’re going to have the opportunity to hear from her today as well as having her handle the courses that will be coming up in just a couple of weeks welcome Laura and thank you for your time today thanks Jill I really appreciate the introduction and I’m gonna tell everybody while I’ve done all that work in business analysis I have not approached a powerpoint master so Jill I do apologize it look like some of the timing is still off on the slide so for those that are tuning in to this webinar I’ll take full responsibility for that if we jump ahead I’m just going to jump back to the slide that were to discussing and hopefully that just keeps you awake so it’s an added bonus it’s a bit Thank You Jill very much for that and I apologize on the slides so we have a lot to cover and I’m really excited to be here today is my first webinar with you guys and I’m delighted to be asked to present it today so let’s just jump into the details right away and go over and look at our agenda and what we’re gonna cover and we’ll jump into the material so first off at the top we’re going to talk about why is PMI talking about business analysis so I hear that question a lot so you guys might have that quest as well so let’s just get that answered and then we’re going to talk about p.m eyes products and services and business analysis as you prepare if you’re interested in taking a credential the PMI PBA you’re going to want to know what materials are out there to prepare so we’ll talk about that and where you can get access to those materials then we’ll dig into the details of the PMI PBA exam including the eligibility requirements and we’ll talk about your preparation for the exam including the possibility the PMI PBA prep course that

is now available for you to take if that’s an Avenue that you wish to explore in your training so that’s our agenda for today so let’s go ahead and first answer the question why is PMI addressing business analysis so I don’t know about you but I’ve gone to a lot of chapter events and I’ve seen a lot of presentations over the years and I have seen the Standish reports the chaos report specifically where we tie in business analysis practices requirements management and the relationship to project success right so we’ve seen that over the years last year PMI did their own extensive research and they went ahead and conducted the research and then published their pulse of the profession report so I want to go over some of those statistics because they’re quite alarming and shocking and all of that information I’m only going to touch on some of the highlights but if you’re interested in more of the details you can get access to that pulse of the profession report it’s from last year it’s available from p.m. eyes website for download and it was published in August of 2014 so some of the information that came out from the research is that 51 percent of projects are finishing within their allotted time frames so that’s only a little bit over half of our projects are meeting anticipated schedules which is alarming 55% of computer projects are coming in within their initial budgets so between those two statistics it gets project managers you know very nervous and then we also found from this research that sick eighty-four percent of projects are successfully meeting their original goals in business intent so it starts to sound like wow you know maybe we’re not doing some things that we should be doing right like isn’t the business analyst completely responsible for working with the stakeholders up front and documenting the business needs and identifying the problems or opportunities that that projects to fulfill but we’re seeing these type of numbers and additionally the research came back and told us that 16% of projects are deemed failures at the start of the project so those are really pretty bad numbers and they get even worse when you overlay it to look at the dollars behind what the data is showing us so in this research PMI told us that for every dollar that spent and a program or a project we’re seeing about five point one percent is wasted and it’s a waste is attributed to poor requirements or business analysis practices now that doesn’t sound like a really high number but when you look at it from an overall perspective that equated to fifty-one million dollars for every billion dollars spent and that’s astronomical that’s incredible if we could do good business analysis on our projects just think of the money that could be spent across the board additionally in that research what came out was that the companies that are working to provide information in this research they already felt like requirements was a big problem in 2013 and then the data is accumulated in 2014 with additional research and it went up 5% companies are feeling that in the requirements elicitation and business analysis processes are the cause of why their projects are failing so an uptick of 5% over the course of one year and all of this astounding information pretty much answers the reason why PMI is concerned about business analysis and we also know those of us that work in the industry that when we see business analysis done well we have a lot of tangible benefits that we get from a good process so 7000 on this particular side all I wanted to point out because I know you’re gonna get a copy of the deck this is just another research report from IAG consulting I won’t read it in detail I just put it here for informational but we basically have a G’s results we have the Standish Group we have PMI all of the research is telling us the same thing so in the end what do we say the project manager and the business analyst we really are all working in the same direction we have the same goals our stake holders have the same goals and our executive leaders have the same goals right but these roles are super critical for the success of the project so we call those out and and this really tells us that you know PMI is serious about helping their constituents be better at project success and so you know this is exactly why we’re talking business analysis so

kind of got ahead of myself with my thought so on this particular side what I wanted to point out is the opposite of all that to Ada we know project failure there’s a relationship to bad project to bad business analysis and BA processes but when we do have a good process when we run an effective VA process we see the opposite and there are a lot of value propositions that come out of putting together an effective business analysis process I’m only highlighting a couple here but on our projects when we do look at them and we have an effective process we see that the products and the services that come out of those projects meet the stakeholder needs our stakeholders are excited alright our engagement our surveys tell us that our engagement scores tell us that we also see that we have a more engaged project team now how is that possible well it’s possible because when you’re on a failing project people are stressed there’s rework people are not happy with the product that’s being produced there’s teams probably fighting amongst each other so it’s a level of not a fun place to be right so we find that when we have an effective business analysis process our project teams are happier we also see that when we invest in business analysis we have a higher probability it’s the opposite of what our research tells us a higher probability of delivering on time and within scope and budget and our solutions deliver higher business value if we don’t do business analysis or if we don’t do it well we’re delivering solutions that we don’t even know where the best are the most optimal but as a business analyst we know that we work very well up front with our stakeholders to identify the problem or opportunity define the business need gather the business requirements and then we work all the tactical projects stuff after that that’s really important to keep in mind and the last point I put here because I think it’s also important for people to realize when you do really well at business analysis that is something that you don’t invest in once and then it’s done for a project you’re actually developing a process that you can pick up and take to the next project so you have reusable tangible assets that you can take onto project B project C project D so the process is repeatable as well as the competencies of the BAS continue to improve over time so you know hopefully these ideas are our items you could take back to your work environment if you find yourself in kind of a grassroots effort having to champion the role of the business analysts so these are some of my favorite points to point out when I’m trying to do the value proposition behind what we do okay so let’s talk about the products and services that PMI has put out in the industry to help business analysis and business analysts and projects that need to do better in that space I think it’s important to emphasize this area before we just jump into talking about a prep course because the PMI PBA has multitudes of different ways that you as a practitioner can prepare for it so I’m hoping that these lights help you find that additional information before getting into what are the items out there I wanted to also address another question that I have people ask of me because they think that this businesses analysis speak in the PMI space only started last year but I wanted to point out that PMI has always recognized the importance of requirements requirements management business analysis going back to the fourth edition of the PMBOK where we talked about the collect requirements process that was new to the fourth edition so that content was added highlighting the importance of getting the requirements right for project success and then we moved another iteration into fifth edition of the PMBOK and with that version we saw an entire new knowledge area added to the PMBOK where we covered stakeholder management and that’s all the work that has to do with making sure we identify our stakeholders the techniques to do that making sure we understand them their characteristics analyzing them and then managing them because there’s such an important point or input into our requirements process so I just wanted to point out that if that helps to answer a second question that people have and then let’s go on to 2014 so we already talked about the pulse of the profession report and the link is here at the bottom of the slide if you’re interested in and going to the website this link will take you to two areas where you can get to the pulse of the profession report in addition which we’re here to talk about the PMI PBA but PMI launched that last year so that credential came

out we’ll talk about that in detail but as far as it’s launched last year the credential was really established to say hey if there’s a way that we can offer a credential to identify those that specialize in business analysis that’s a great way for companies for project teams to pull out those experienced professionals that practice business analysis who are really good at what they do and they can bring them onto the project teams and make improvements in the requirements in business analysis space so PMI launched the credential in addition to that last year you started to see if you’ve been to the PMI website from last year across the different months that PMI is continuing to put a lot of assets out there on their website available to help with the business analysis problem the lack of good business analysis so you’ll see webinars and podcasts and white papers available now for download and that continues to grow month by month in addition to that project management comm which is also owned by PMI they added a whole community focused on business analysis so I wanted to point that out as well so as you’re on your journey to prepare for a certification or if you’re just think certification is a few years away but you’re wanting to continue to improve your competencies these are places you can go that PMI has really taken serious the the problems that came out of that positive profession report so they’re putting materials and linking practitioners to content and to experts to help them solve the problem of bad business analysis or requirements on projects okay so hopefully this is informative therefrom what happened last year now what happened this year well something really really major happen this year PMI published their very first standard completely focused on business analysis there is a picture of what it looks like you can get access to that from the PMI website you can purchase it from local retailers online retailers it’s called the business analysis for practitioners a practice guide so it’s been out what are we now about nine months or so and it has been very very well received by the community it’s um it’s a great guide to help you prepare for the PMI PBA it’s also been well received because people like the tone it’s very easy to follow it’s practical there’s examples it’s it’s spoken in a really good tone that’s not very academic so so it’s it’s doing well from that space in addition to what else happened in 2015 PMI formed a relationship with ba times so that’s another website that provides and serves up contents for business analysts and project managers so if you go to be a times if you’re a user of that community you’ll see that PMI now has a tab on that website where the frequent communications that needs to get out from PMI on business analysis is served up there in addition to that PMI is continuing to sponsor articles and webinars and and stuff in that arena so so that’s where we’re at as far as what can help you on your journey I’m gonna hand it back to Jill because I think we have a polling question we want to get to before I move on yes we do here it is which is the most important factor when determining whether to pursue a professional certification so please select one and we’re going to keep the poll open until we get everyone’s response in a few seconds we’re at 48% and keep going keep going we’re almost there you have 80 percent voting and we’re going to be closing the poll in 10 seconds and we’re closed okay so here’s the results and Laura if you want to take a look at the results of what people thought there you go could you read me the result what came in number one my view is a little small to read for me okay fifty percent said the reputation of the organization providing the credential being cost of the certification was at eleven percent of

our respondents see employers recognition of your credential was thirty nine percent and the last two ease of obtaining the certification and other words zero percent okay that’s very interesting thank you for sharing that so that tells me we have some work to do in the area of showing the value proposition I’m going with the 39 percent showing the value proposition to employers so that is something that I’ll take very serious and and continue to go out and speak to companies and to hope that we can turn them on to different webinars and trainings because I think that’s really important I always like the grassroots effort but so much powerful if those of us that are helping to develop the standards are working in the industry for many decades can come in and talk to organizations about the value and some of these upfront slides that we went over are some of the really key talking points so thank you that was really helpful to see all right so let’s go on to talk about the exam because I’m sure you’re all very excited about that so what does it stand for it stands for the PMI professional and business analysis and as I mentioned as a credential to help you stand out from your peers if your business analysis professional it is an experience based exam so it’s not just based on rote memorization of some topics or definitions the application process actually has you demonstrate that you have this experience so that works out really well because just the fact that somebody has been eligible to sit for the exam tell something about that person so it helps to bring those that practice the business analysis together with those that have the needs RAK recognizes and validates that expertise we’re going to get into the details of you know what is covered in the exam but basically know that it covers five domains which are groupings of tasks that discuss the work of business analysis and it also looks at the skills and and different competencies and as we mentioned it it launched last year it was first piloted and then launched so a little bit about the development of the exam because another comment that I hear from people is well what does PMI know about business analysis and how good could the certification really be if a bunch of project managers developed it well that’s not the case at all there was extensive research that was done after or about the time that well I don’t actually know the timing the research but PMI is great at doing research so there was the research that went into the post profession there was extensive research that went into where an outside company was was contracted to do the role delineation study anytime you have a credential that’s of any merit there is a study that couldn’t be a study that can be done by third parties to go out and really survey and collect data and do all this research about what is business analysis so there was an extensive role delineation study and then there was all the people that PMI assembled we have subject matter experts across industries a lot of different years of decades of experience leaders thought leaders practitioners and didn’t matter on role if you were system analysts a requirements an engineer assistance engineer if you know they went out and scoured and got the best of the best and so those folks came together along using the information from the world delineation study and that’s how the certification was built so where the research had any areas that needed to be validated this group of smees played a very important role and then they were the team that helped develop it so if you hear people saying you know what do PMS know about developing a certification for business analysis now you know the real truth so what about the exam well it’s 200 multiple-choice questions twenty-five of those questions are called pretest questions and they’re used by PMI to kind of gauge future test questions so they’re out there as kind of validating possible questions that might come into the mix later of the 25 pretest questions they’re not scored so your score is based on 175 questions now you won’t know what are the pretest questions so not even to focus on that don’t worry about it but they’re just all mixed in and there is a very large test Bank so there’s questions all over the place I mean there’s a lot of questions no two people sitting next to each other in the office are going to get the same exam so it’s really very well thought out and there’s a lot of content but you’re going to get 200 questions to answer in your exam you get four hours to complete it and aside from that four hours there’s 15 minutes in the front where you’re going to do a tutorial if you want to get comfortable with the testing environment and 15 minutes in the back where you can do a survey now both of those are optional so

you’re not required to do those if you do do them and would take the whole 15 minutes and you’re basically looking at about four four and a half hours in the testing center but you’re you’re not obligated so basically four core hours to to take the exam so I talked about the role delineation study one of the outputs that come from that is the idea of having a blueprint for the exam so the number of test questions are basically given this level of emphasis on the exam which is really important because you wouldn’t want to go take a certification exam that we all know that BA spend about 10 percent of their time doing evaluation you wouldn’t want to see 75 questions on that part of what that particular domain so this is the exam blueprint and that’s kind of how the question distribution is rolled out on the certification now there’s two different ways that exams are administered they’re administered either a computer-based testing or paper-based now few people will have an opportunity to do paper-based testing there’s only a few criteria that come into play when that might happen if you work for a corporation who is going to have a group of business analysts certify that corporation if their corporate sponsor can work with PMI to administer a paper based exam if that’s not the case the second condition is if you live far away from a testing center now PMI has contracted with Prometric and there’s a lot of Prometric centers all over the world but if you’re in a remote area and you’re at least 186 and a half miles from a test center if you demonstrate that then you can work with PMI to have a paper-based exam administered for yourself now people say that’s a really odd number 186 and a half that’s just basically because that’s the conversion into miles it’s really three hundred kilometres this is an exam that’s rolled out across the world most people look to use kilometers so that’s where the 186 and a half came from the rest of the people that don’t fall into this criteria are going to take a computer-based test okay so it’s gonna be a Minard in the Prometric Testing Center so how much does it cost to take a certification well there’s two conditions that determine your price whether your PMI member or not and whether you are taking the CBT the computer-based or the paper-based exam all right and so those are the feet that’s the fee schedule there so you can basically the way you’d read this if you’re going to take the computer-based test and your member you’re looking at 4:05 all right you can see substantially more for non-members so what most people do is they go ahead and just become a PMI member because of all the other benefits and then they get the discount on the credential on being led being able to apply for the credential I did want to throw out the fact that this credential has a recertification process not anything you have to worry about up front you just need to know that it exists because there’s an investment after you get your credential to make sure that you come back every year demonstrate that you’re continuing to professionally develop so we won’t get into the details of this there is a handbook you can download from the PMI PBA website on PMI org where a lot of these further details are elaborated for you but I did want you to to realize there is a recertification process just it helps to ensure the integrity of the certification because if people just test it once and passed it and then had the thing for 10 years and never went back and you know tidied up their skills or didn’t learn new ways or techniques then if certification really wouldn’t be that valuable to employers right so there is a recertification process all right so let’s talk a little bit about eligibility how does that work basically there’s four criteria there’s four areas when you apply online there’s an online application you have to go through and demonstrate areas of expertise I mean experience in these areas broken out by educational business analysis general project and BA training and let’s just talk about the details there so when you’re filling out your application you have to talk about your educational experience so minimally you have to have a high school diploma or equivalent higher education if you have an advanced degree it will reduce the amount of BA experience you need to demonstrate on your application and we’ll talk about that in a minute so here’s an example if I have a high

school diploma or a two-year degree or some global equivalent of that on my application I have to show that I’ve acquired at least seven thousand five hundred hours of experience working as a business analyst I don’t have to have the title I have to have been doing business analysis and things right and if you want to know what those things are pick up a copy of the practice guide so am i writing business cases am i doing elicitation am i doing documentation write those things so you need to go back into your history of the different projects that you worked on and you need start assembling that information the good thing is it’s online so it’s real easy to put the information in and save as you go through all right but 7,500 hours about five years of experience now once you have if you have a bachelor’s degree or higher or some global equivalent you can see that the number of hours drops down pretty rapidly to 4,500 hours so instead of demonstrating five years of BA experience I only have to demonstrate three so a quick example of this because there’s a term in the handbook that might be a little confusing and it’s called non-overlapping activities and so what that means is as you’re filling out your application you have to make sure that your experience it’s okay if it overlaps but you can’t count it twice and so as an example if you worked on two projects and I’m just calling a project a and B and one started at the beginning of January and ended at the end of March and the other one started at the beginning of March and ended at the end of May is that five months or six months right so non-overlapping means that I can’t double dip for March because you see pressure K and B are both going on at the same time and that’s simply because obviously you can’t do be doing a both projects at the same time at the end of the day you’re still probably eight hours nine hours of time right and even if that be careful because we all know that we don’t get to work eight hours on a project in any one day we have meetings administration lunch hours and things like that so keep that in mind as you’re assembling your information to demonstrate your BA experience and that’s this kind of with an example demonstrates what we mean by non-overlapping activities now from a general project experience okay that was BA experience now PMI wants to know have you how many hours have you worked on projects and there’s a requirement you have to demonstrate at least 2,000 hours working on a project team does it matter what role that you held most of the time you probably held a BA or business analysis responsibilities but even if you were a project manager you count you can count those hours okay the project experience can include some of the hours or any of the hours that you demonstrated in the BA portion of the application so if all of that time occurred on projects and programs all of your BA work well then you have this one nailed but if you did a lot of business analysis like we have process analysts we might have strategy people doing business analysis if they weren’t allocated to a project then then you have to demonstrate to get to the 2,000 metric okay one thing that’s really cool about this and I benefited from this because I had a PMP credential is I didn’t have to demonstrate the project experience so PMI says if you hold the PMP or the PG MP which is your credential for program management if you have either one of those then you’re exempt on your application from having to demonstrate the project experience okay same thing non-overlapping so we don’t have to spend a lot of time on this slide but we already know the definition of non-overlapping and so the same thing applies here for demonstrating project experience then we get to the last criteria which is our BA training and what does that mean well another bit of information that the application is going to require you to put in is how much business analysis training have you acquired and you need you to demonstrate at least 35 direct contact hours okay so direct hours this means definition of direct contact means that it’s not self directing it’s not picking up a book and reading about business analysis is you actually engaged in a class okay so the training could be an employer or company sponsored program it could be from a registered education provider like Max train it can be some type of training from a university or college what you’re not going to be able to count is if you attended a chapter meeting or you like I said any self-directed learning but it’s only 35 hours and the cool thing about

this is there isn’t any time constraint on it you do have to have the training completed before you apply but you can go back forever you can go back to something you took five seven ten years ago and count those hours so most people don’t have a problem at all showing that they’ve along the way had some direct contact hours in business analysis so this table will be in the slide deck and I won’t spend a lot of time on it but this shows the different scenarios and the pass through your eligibility so I just kind of consolidated what we just talked about no past slides and I’m demonstrating it now in a table so you’re either on the first row or the second row based on your educational background and then you either you know because of that have to demonstrate the 75 or the 4500 hours and then from there to demonstrate your project experience and then regardless of educational background everybody demonstrates the 35 hours of BA experience okay oh one important thing I did not mention so of the project experience and the BA experience you can’t go back any more than eight years so keep that in mind okay so if you did project work nine years ago don’t even put it on the application because it won’t count now another question I have is a lot of people want to know well how is this certification different than the C BAP and the C BAP is the other certification that is known in the industry and international institute of business analysis has put out that one PM ice put out the PMI PPA and basically I want to show that it covers the same stuff business analysis business analysis okay so you can compare the different sections of the standards if you will so in the AIBA world when we’re studying for the sieve app we have knowledge areas when we’re talking about the PMI PBA we’re looking at the practice guide and we’re talking about domains at the end of the day the stuffs not in conflict they’re talking about the same types of business analysis tasks okay so you you know there’s a lot of benefits to focusing and getting the PMI but ultimately you as the consumer you need to make that decision okay I also included this chart kind of looking at their requirements across the credentials the two that are quote more closely because IBA also has a more junior be a certification called the CC ba but if we just looked at the C BAP and the PMI PBA you can see that you’re demonstrating 7500 hours in both of those okay both of them require at least a high school – um degree but with the PMI PBA if you have a more advanced degree starting at bachelor’s you don’t you can demonstrate less hours which is the big win for people because if you have a four-year degree you only have to demonstrate 4,500 hours all right there is a code of conduct it’s just a piece of paper you read it you sign it you have to do that regardless of which certification you go after the difference and both of them do have a recertification process so that’s not a differentiator you do have to have a professional or two professional references with the cpap you do not have to do any you don’t have any have to have anybody fill out a form on your behalf or write in on your behalf to be eligible for the PMI PPA okay so let’s talk about preparing I am just going through my notes here okay multiple ways to get started all right I would urge you heavily to go through the PMI PBA handbook you can download it off the PMI website look it over and it’s really ultimately up to you to assess your eligibility okay if you feel you’re eligible then go ahead and fill out the online application okay go ahead and make payment and then once you do you can start preparing for the exam okay it takes only five days to hear back from PMI roughly about five days it’s not a long time all right and then go ahead and move forward and start what you do not schedule your exam and let you get your approval letter from PMI though that’s really important give yourself once you get approved though you get the approval letter from PMI you have up to a year to take the exam all right so we talked a little bit about the application process just know that it is online you don’t have to do it in one sitting so you can save as you go which is a really big benefit people really like that again the turnaround time is wonderful there is an audit process not don’t worry about it it’s randomly

generated not everybody gets audited a small percentage of applications get audited and that’s just to in-store the I don’t know what you wouldn’t say the integrity of it and if you get audited it’s not a big deal you get 90 days to turnaround your paperwork and all PMI wants to see is that you can show proof that you worked on the projects that you did okay once you’re approved you can take the exam up to three times you get some good feedback at the end of the exam based on your score to see your your weaker areas and you can use that to prepare for the second time around I don’t know anybody that’s so far I don’t know anybody that’s had to take it three times but you can take it up to three times in one year okay your certification cycle does start the day you pass so remember that recertification process that kicks in once you get your hey you’re now a PMI PBA so keep that in mind too you don’t want to lose your credential just because you lost track of the time all right so how to prepare well we talked about the body of there is no body of knowledge but we talked about the practice guide so you can down you can get a copy of that and at the beginning of this webinar we went through all of the reference lists of what is out there okay we’re gonna talk about the prep class only few slides on that but I think we have one more poll I’m gonna hand it back to you Jill great okay and which approach is most effective to prepare for the exam so we’re waiting for everyone to respond we’ve got 30 percent Wow 45 you guys are quick how many 90 percent awesome oh good 10 seconds and hopefully we’ll get everybody okay we’re going to close and then here are the results okay so what we have here Laura is a cell study at 16 percent being group study free through other Phoebe hate practitioners 21 percent see study group 11 percent and D a prep course at 53 percent Wow okay that is amazing so yeah so I too took the prep route because I think it’s quick and you can collaborate with your group and you can get it done as opposed to dragging it on but there’s all sorts of techniques out there for different people so let’s talk about that real quick and then we’ll wrap up and let you guys ask some questions so the next thing I did want to talk about was a up-and-coming prep class before I get to that though this particular reference materials slide you actually can get to the reference materials from the PMI PBA webpage it’s a link you open it up you can see the practice guide isn’t listed there it’s just launched it soon will be but at when the credential was built by the team of the subject matter experts there’s a list of books here that they read reviewed and considered content from when they assembled the exam so take a look at the reference material because the exams not 100% based on any one thing right so I wanted to bring you bring awareness to that I talked about this releasing this year so if you’re interested get in getting certified go ahead and get a copy of this it is a PMI standard even though it’s not a body of knowledge alright so keep that in mind the role delineation study I just quickly mentioned that it had that exam blueprint up front where it talked about domain names needs assessment and I wanted to just point out that when we wrote the business analysis practice guide we followed those names as closely as we could because we also leverage that Rd study we changed a couple like we felt it was more informative to say business analysis planning and we felt it was more informative as a solution evaluation but the point is that the practice guide is very closely aligned to all the research that PMI did now there is a prep course that we’ve been touting about Max Train will tell you about that coming up I don’t need to read through these slides verbatim there they will be in your deck but what I wanted to tell you about who it’s targeted to and then there’s a slide for every domain that’s covered in the prep class that you can read at your leisure so the prep courses you know really targeted to anybody interested in

getting more information about the PMI PBA if you’re a certification prospect go ahead and check the prep course because it’s a real jump in to see how ready you might be because don’t forget it’s experience based so you’re gonna pull from your knowledge over the years and it’s not all books part right if you want to learn more about the PMI PBA great class to take if you’re a cpap already or you’re have another credential from PMI you’re considering you know moving from project management to business analysis because you have that hybrid role great class for you okay so I just want to emphasize though it’s going to get you prepared for taking the exam it’s going to assess your readiness you’re going to go through all the material in the next couple slides that are in here we won’t talk about but they’re in there for your reading like pleasure later on but you’re not going to learn the concepts we’re not going to sit there and talk about facilitation we’re not going to write you this cases it’s it’s experience base and at this point we want to focus on helping you prepare for the exam so keep that in mind all right we’re going to highlight key concepts and definitions but we’re not going to teach the principles all right and so the other slides I guess I should mention this what is out of scope is the teaching I did talk about that but we want you to walk away really being able to leverage what you have learned from work experience but there will be some terms that maybe you’re not familiar with we will get into that that part’s not out of scope because you highlight your areas of weakness so we do bring through the key concepts but we’re not teaching so I just I think that’s really important for you to know all right I won’t talk about these slides because I really want to hear from you and I want to get your questions but there is a slide in your deck for every single domain that explains what the domain is and and so if you’re interested in the credential you know each of these domains are explained for you in detail I mean here it’s kind of a definition of what is covered in the prep class okay okay so what did we talk about there was a lot we talked about the PMI PBA in detail and you know what it takes to qualify to apply but it is gaining momentum I didn’t mention that as long as well is the practice guide is doing the PMI PBA is doing really well equally and PMI is just a well-known entity to organizations so a lot of organizations because they require their PMS you have PMP they’re there this is getting the attention of them right especially when we look at the statistics from all the poor performing projects all right we talked about certification distinguishing yourself and the different professional development opportunities that are out there for you okay the one thing I didn’t touch upon is really if you’re on the fence about certification realize aside from increasing your professional development opportunity it does provide your project teams a common language which is really important so everybody is talking the same language and it really improves how you guys work together alright so I’ll stop here that’s my spiel I’d love to see the questions that you guys might have wonderful thank you Laura this was excellent information and at this point we’re ready for you to submit your questions we’re going to give you a minute to do that and while you’re doing that I have some really exciting information for you as you can see on this slide the next course coming up on November 9th is the PMI professional business analysis and a number of related courses but here’s what’s so cool we are offering a 20% off for attendees of this webinar if you pre-register your classes before the end of this week I’ll repeat that 20% of the classes that are on this slide if you register pre-register for these classes before the end of this week secondly we’re offering a buy two get one free so that means if you get if you purchased or pre-register two courses you get the third one free or two people the third person’s free all of the details of this are on our website and if you have questions about these promotions you can go to our website or you can email us at info at max train comm so just quickly

before we take questions wanted you to be sure you understood that we do have a money-back guarantee we also have employer insurance so if you have a max trained employee that leaves your company within six months of completing their training at max we’ll retrain the replacement for free also we have free retakes if you’re taking a class you’ve taken a class and there is a seat available and you want to retake it you may do that at no additional cost so with let’s take a look at the questions and one I have here for you Laura is what is the difference between a practice guide and a body of knowledge okay so a practice guide is allowed to get into the how and it is not a consensus-based standard well there was a lot of effort made to walk through and take expert input and to have a lot of people come together and read the draft and provide input it’s not done to the extent that a body of knowledge is done which would be put up for several months for practitioners to comment on over the course of the weeks and that content then folded into the standard so the main difference is whether it goes through that process of an exposure draft a multi-week effort to have the outside world comment on it and the second thing is in a Bock it’s very you look at inputs and process and outputs it’s I don’t want to say mechanical but in a way it’s mechanical the practice guide is really practical application so you can take that book and keep it on your desk and when you have a problem that you need to solve you can look it up and say that’s how I would do that so those are the two main reasons the difference thanks thank you one another question I have here is what is the benefit of obtaining a BA certification from PMI that’s a good question so we saw a couple of it in the application process first off if you already have a PMP it works very nicely or PG MP because you don’t have to demonstrate the project experience PMI is a much larger brand people recognize the name a lot of organizations over the years have required their PMS to get PMP I know when I I worked in a lot of different director roles managing business analyst and it was always difficult to get managers to understand you know the value of business analysis but with name recognition now as PMI they’re already approving a lot of the stuff for project managers if they already understand that link between success and in the link between project failure are not having business analysis maybe it’s an easier sell for an organization to say hey we’re already connected with PMI so you know there’s that brand recognition and recognize recognition in the industry so those are some benefits I also think that you know it depends and what role you’re holding if you’re BA with the companies or your company’s in time will recognize that probably more fuller than other credentials out there as a consultant I know clients are really liking it so I think there’s benefit depending on where you’re heading in your career wonderful thank you there’s a question about accessing this PowerPoint material via the website or offline in a few days we’re going to be sending a follow-up email to all of our participants today that will have a copy of the PowerPoint link to the recording and all of the classes that we have posted on here that have the 20% off so you’ll have all of that very shortly and there was another question about the costs of the prep course okay that’s been answered via the chat panel and other max ba courses dan did we answer your question we just need a one moment okay so why do i why would i do a PMI PBA versus a Seba you said the skills are the same and the education is the same I’ve heard different views from others can you respond to that Laura okay I don’t know what you’re the different views that you’re hearing but I know that people

like the brand recognition of PMI and I already spoke to the fact that a lot of organizations are already well connected with PM I for their project managers so it’s an easier transition for orgs to have everybody credentialing through the same organization from a chapter perspective I don’t know if any of you guys are working with your chapters attend chapter events the events the PMI events are very large and and so at least the ones that I’ve been to so it’s a great opportunity for bas and project managers to be able to go to the same events and kind of learn and professionally develop together so I think there’s a kind of aligning in that direction is helpful at the end of the day you really have to look at that table I provide you in this webinar and you need to decide you know what’s important to you because is a one answer for everybody when I consult with clients I just give them the facts on both sides as far as the costs and how both of them work you have to also look at you know the viability of the credentialing agent right you don’t want to invest a bunch of time you want to look at you know the strengths of the organizations that provide those credentials and make sure that that’s really where you want to invest your time and money and no consultant or no peer of yours should be telling you you know it’s this way or that way because that’s you just are a unique person you have to look at all of the things around you and the facts on both sides and figure out which one’s which one makes more sense for you I got two more questions two more questions does the certification take into consideration the agile projects and the bas rolls and those the agile projects are mentioned throughout the the business analysis practice guide so I can’t really speak to what’s on the exam but I can say that yes it’s important for you to understand how business analysis is performed differently on an agile project compared to a business analysis project and those call-outs are done throughout the business analysis practice guide so when we talk about planning we talk about it you know the timing of it it’s done very differently in a waterfall predictive project compared to an agile project so we highlight those differences at the end of the day we know that we have less formality with agile than we do with traditional projects and it’s still business analysis being done it’s just that you may not have the title of business analyst you might be doing it more often on an agile project and at different portions in the lifecycle on an agile project but you’re still needing to apply the techniques you still have to identify your stakeholders elicit requirements you might document with pictures on a whiteboard but you’re still going through kind of that same set of tasks so you should know that yes Laura last question thank you what other max BA courses cover pba skills training I’ll let you guys talk to that are you wanting me to answer that absolutely what other max courses caught for PPA training so if you look at the practice guide you’ll see the domains are spoken about we talk about needs assessment we talk about planning for business analysis we talked about eliciting and documenting monitoring traceability so if you pull out those tasks and you look at those slides that I put in the deck I didn’t speak to them in this webinar but they’re in the deck when you get it ask the person that you work with from max trained as your sales associate work with them and say hey I need to emphasize more on elicitation or writing requirements or validating and then line up the training that max train our offers with what it is that you’re wanting to target from a professional development they offer business analysis training they’re going to offer training in those areas guarantee yet they’re gonna now offer the PMI PBA if you want to go off and get the certification but your soft skill classes are always there from your re P perspective Laura that’s awesome thank you so much and thanks everybody else who has joined us for our session today I hope you found valuable information that’s gonna be useful to you thanks again Laura for a great webinar thank you guys