"What steps can I take to adequately prepare myself for the CBAP and ensure that I pass on the first try?"

“When you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better.” -- Unknown Author

It's my belief that anyone who desires and works hard at preparing for the CBAP, will pass it. There is a big difference between having a strong desire for something and accomplishing it. And I like to think that this difference lies in planning and preparing. Those who take my class (when I am actually teaching it) know that I like to see myself as a coach rather than an instructor. This is because studying for the CBAP exam can be compared to preparing for a marathon or triathlon. If you've ever had the opportunity to practice any sports or better yet coach any sports, you have learned that in order to succeed and become number one, you must develop and put in place a method for preparing yourself (or your team) and put this method in practice.

A use case is basically a description of certain actions that go on between a user, or actor, and a software system. These actions are designed to ultimately lead towards a useful end product. The user or actor in the role of action could be a person or an abstract object (such as manual processes or external software system). Every use case is primarily used as a software modeling technique. This helps software developers to determine just which features to implement, or how to correctly resolve issues and errors. In system engineering, a use case could be used at a significantly higher level, representing actual missions or goals of stakeholders. Detailed requirements are then captured in general purpose modeling language requirement diagrams.

How To Get the Most From A Use Case

How do I go about accumulating the necessary CDUs?

The first step is to read each category: If you haven't done so, download the CBAP recertification handbook and begin perusing through it. You will need to become very familiar with each category in order to know what you should do routinely that can be applied toward recertification. You want to carefully understand the process and the dos and don'ts to avoid completing activities that will not be counted.

The second step is to start tracking your hours: Imagine when you had to complete the CBAP application. Don't you wish you had known what to document ahead of time so you can ensure that you track your time as required by IIBA?

And the third step is to begin the application process

UML, or Unified Modeling Language, is a modeling language that is an industry standard with rich graphical notation and a set of diagrams and elements that are comprehensive. It is in the field of object-oriented software engineering. The standard of UML was created and is currently managed by the Object Management Group, an association that sets standards for distributed object-oriented systems. It has many uses and purposes, and is a great tool to utilize in taking control for better business and for managing project complexity with ease.

Purposes of UML


With the numerous challenges facing the business world, trends in business analysis has evolved to cope up with the demands of global competition, fast-changing business requirements, and technological alignment. The emerging trends in business analysis will give us insight on how organizations can survive by tapping the skills and technical capabilities of a business analyst.
The top 10 recent trends on business analysis have been consolidated by the global panel of consultants and executives of ESI International, a leader in project management learning and certification. These trends will demonstrate the value of business analysis to the over-all success of the organization.

1. Focus on Business Architecture

Business architecture has now recently emerged as the new and creative way to deliver value to an organization in achieving competitive advantage in complex marketplaces. BA focus has shifted from being tactical to strategic covering the scope of the entire organization as a whole.

2. Cloud-based Computing Solutions

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