It is understandable and healthy to question the value of certifications.
- Are they worth it?
- Are they just money-making schemes for the certification creators?
- Do hiring managers even care if you have a certification?
There is also a wider discussion around certifications in general that include ideas such as:
- Being certified does not equate to experience or suitability to a role
- People can be certified and “book-smart” but terrible at managing people
- A crafts-person does not need credentials, their work shows their value
These are all valid points, and everyone should make up their own mind before deciding whether to pursue a credential.
This is the fourth post in a series about the PMI-PBA certification. The Traceability and Monitoring domain follows the Analysis domain and includes much of the business analysis work that is traditionally called Requirements Management.
Understanding vs. Memorization
Why does RMC focus on understanding rather than memorization? As RMC’s project management practice leader I’m often asked: “why can’t I just memorize the process names, inputs, tools, techniques, and outputs (ITTOs) and pass the exam?” The answer to this question is quite simple. Understanding works, memorization does not, especially in the context of the PMP® exam. Let’s discuss understanding vs. memorization.
The second excerpt from our upcoming study guide This is the second in a series of posts about the creation of our PMI-PBA Exam Prep study guide. In my first post I talked about the Needs Assessment Domain and this post will highlight Business Analysis Planning. The PMI-PBA (Professional in Business Analysis) designation recognizes professionals who have experience and knowledge performing business analysis work. Business Analysis work is performed by people with many different titles and this is especially true in studying the Planning Domain. Project Managers recognize the critical importance of planning in project success. PMs have expertise in thinking ahead about how their projects will best be accomplished. They often consult with experts and known project team members to develop their plans and assess risks. This strategy of distributed planning is supported by the PMI-PBA Domain called Planning, and referred to as Business Analysis Planning in PMI’s…
Applicable to PMP® Exams Taken on or After January 11th, 2016
In June of 2015, the Project Management Institute (PMI) released an updated version of the “Project Management Professional (PMP)® Examination Content Outline,” which will be applied to all PMP examinations taken after January 11, 2016. (PMI had initially planned on changing the exam starting on November 2nd, 2015, but they later pushed the date back to January.)
Business analysis skills are no longer optional for a project team. Surveys continue to show that poor requirements management is the number one reason for project failures. Project managers either have to enhance their own business analysis skills or bring a business analyst onto their teams as a professional partner from the initiation of a project through closing. Business analysis skills include critical thinking, elicitation, and requirements modeling. These skills and many more are now recognized with the PMI-PBA® Certification program, the PMI Professional in Business Analysis.
PMI-ACP® Exam is Changing Soon, This Guide Can Help
PMI® changes to the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) ® examination have begun and the new version of the exam goes into effect starting October 14, 2015. We want to be sure that those who have taken the exam as well as those who are planning to do so have a clear understanding of how to prepare for these changes and what you really need to know. Written by RMC Editorial Staff and Mike Griffiths, PMI-ACP® and member of the PMI-ACP® Steering Committee, this guide will answer everything you need to know about the upcoming changes. RMC supports the Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) ® designation.
Impressions of the PMI-PBA Exam
PMI has announced a new certification for business analysis work: the Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)℠. I took the pilot exam and wanted to share my initial thoughts.
As part of the pilot group, I agreed to take the PMI-PBA℠ exam without knowing much about the content. PMI published a list of five domains and tasks within each domain and a list of eleven books representing the knowledge base of the exam. I am proud to say that one of the books is my Seven Steps to Mastering Business Analysis. Another of the eleven books is PMI’s Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), and I would say it is the one from which most of the questions were drawn. My guess is that a person who has passed the PMP® exam could correctly answer about 30 percent of the questions without having read much about business analysis or requirements engineering. Since PMI is the largest professional association for the project management discipline, it makes sense that they would reinforce their most popular standard with this new certification.
Several people have asked me what I think about the upcoming business analysis certification program being offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI®). For those of you who have not heard, PMI has applied for a trademark for PMI-PBA (Professional in Business Analysis) and is planning to offer a certification program later this year. I don’t yet know any details about the program, so I can’t comment on its quality or validity. But I can give you my thoughts about what it will mean for the International Institute of Business Analysis™ (IIBA) and the business analysis profession.