Monday, 02 January 2012 21:45 Written by Linda Erzah
Happy New Year to you and your family!
As I am spending time with my family, enjoying warm cups of hot chocolate while thinking about the past year, I cannot help but feel a sense of gratitude.
2011 was a great year for us at BAMentor.
We started out with two really small goals but ended up accomplishing.
Our first goal was to help 20 business analyst reach their certification goal (CBAP or CCBA) and ended up with 30+ CBAP’s and 4 CCBA’s.
We also wanted to create a unique study aid that would facility the study process for our self-paced population and ended up creating a one of a kind workbook.
Our unforeseen accomplishment came from our collaboration with Bridging-the-Gap, where Laura asked us to help with her mentoring initiatives. So in 2011, we also started mentoring non-business analysts as well as business analysts through our collaborative mentoring program.
The most amazing part of our goals and accomplishments is that we couldn’t do it without your help. Though I am grateful for our accomplishment as a company, I am completely humbled by your trust, your confidence in us and for being our number one champion! And for this I thank you sincerely.
In 2012, we are going to continue with our goal to increase the certified business analyst population. We want to make sure that you pass IIBA exam the first time you sit for it.
We are setting out to reach out to at least 35 business analysts this year and help them obtain their CBAP/CCBA title. My goal is to mentor and coach at least 5 business analysts personally through our mentoring program.
We also have other goals and initiatives that we can’t wait to launch this year, including
BABOK deep dive courses, Study Groups, Boot camps for CBAP/CCBA preparation… etc
If you’ve been overwhelmed at your goal to become a certified business analyst professional for sometime, this year is your year to reach this goal. Tell us the challenges you face and let us help you this year!
Linda Erzah, CBAP
A long time ago, in my early days as a business analyst, my role had a myriad of definition. Some managers thought of a BA as one who only document requirements, other thought that they documented pseudo-codes and yet others only thought of the business analyst as an assistant role. As some of you may experience, business analysts are usually tossed across a number of functions. Unfortunately, not all these functions lead to the development of true business analysis skills. And if you are looking to build a career as a business analysts, you want to ensure that your effort is spent performing those tasks related to business analysis. A good motivation to keep your experience in alignment with the business analysis standards is to look at the CBAP® (Certified Business Analysis Professional) application process.
Tuesday, 05 July 2011 01:04 Written by Linda Erzah
Imagine this scenario: you've studied hard for the CBAP®and today is the day you will finally sit for it. You are feeling good about what you know and are actually excited to get this testing over with. While taking the exam, you use your speed reading technique to help you quickly understand and answer the questions. You are amazed at how fast you are getting through the questions. You feel good because you don't have to read all the answer choices because you can find the "right" answer after reading the first two choices. Everything feels good and you hit that last submit button.
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 00:00 Written by Linda Erzah
Taking an exam is like preparing to run a race. I emphasize this relation in my classes I teach and I want to emphasize again on this outside of my classes for those self-study individuals or those considering taking an exam prep course. When you are taking an exam as serious as the CBAP® or CCBA®, you have got to prepare yourself in the same manner as if you were going to run in a race.
When you prepare for a race, you know that it takes a lot of discipline, focus and practice in order for your body and mind to be prepared. In the same token, you must develop those qualities to get your mind ready for the exam.
If you work in new product development or have participated in maintenance projects, then most likely you have used either the focus group or the brainstorming technique. The brainstorming technique is used to produce ideas and increase creativity. For example, after you’ve defined your problem and are looking for the different solution options, you gather a few folks from your project team (mostly the development team) and ask them about what they think a solution could be.
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