Dear Diary: The application is now finished and after having it reviewed a couple of time by an official Certified Business Analysis ProfessionalTM(CBAP®), I’m waiting on the results to return. I’ve documented over 11000 hours for the committee to pick and choose from for acceptance, so there shouldn’t be much of a problem. Reviewing the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK®) in the last few weeks has become overwhelming. How am I going to process all this information?
“I’ve been an analyst for a long time now and have finally come to the decision that I don’t want to be just an analyst. I want to be a really good analyst. I’m no longer satisfied with taking the word of someone else as to why things are done a certain way. I not only want to know why, I want to be part of creating a better solution. I want to be respected for my opinion. I want people to know that my opinions are rooted in facts and not just some wild hair that someone got reacting to a situation. I want to be recognized for the things I have done, the countless hours I’ve spent making processes better or providing solutions to problems. Now, what?”
With only 38 days left before The International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) sunsets the CBAP® (Certified Business Analysis Professional) exam for the Business Analysis Book of Knowledge® (BABOK®) 1.6, the curiosity of what the BABOK® 2.0 offers is driving a massive number of business analysts to seek out any study guides (study group, self directed or other materials) to take a pick at the content of the exam. Unfortunately, of all these business analysts, only a few really qualify to sit for the exam. If you have considered joining the rush to become a CBAP®, here are a few things you should know:
Most of us, Business Analysts, are more familiar with gathering system requirements because they are more interesting to our organizations and customers than the user requirements. But user requirements are absolutely of equal importance if not more important that the system requirements. You may ask me why is that?
Now what are user requirements?
Part of my job as a Business Analyst, it is my responsibility to facilitate business process analysis meetings with a group of very knowledgeable folks. As I stood in front of my audience, I couldn't stop thinking: "What if I don't understand what is going on here? What if I can't comprehend the issues at hand? What if i steer this group to an outcome that is completely irrelevant to the issues at hand?" I was hired in the public health industry at the time and prior to that, I worked in the gaming industry, healthcare, computer software and hardware.