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Certifications for Business Analysts

Certifications for Business Analysts

In this post, I am going to explain the recognized certifications for business analysts. There are a number of certifications available for business analysts. This includes certifications for entry level business analysts and certifications for experienced business analysts.

International Institute of business analysis (IIBA) is the leading business analysis certification body in the world. IIBA offers four levels of certifications.We are going to have a closer look at them in this article.

I have written another article, which covers all the other business analyst certifications. This article will help you in choosing the right certification for you.

Business Analyst Certifications – Choosing the right one

As discussed, in this article, I am going to discuss the IIBA certifications for business analysts.

Entry Certificate in Business Analysis (ECBA) Certification

Entry Level certification for Business Analysts

 

 

This is the level 1 of the certification and will not need any experience as a business analyst. You can go for this certification even if you don’t have any experience as a business analyst.

A simple clarification, even if you are working in the IT industry but don’t have any business analysis experience, you can only go for ECBA.

Have more questions on ECBA, please read the following post:

Business Analyst Certification for beginners – ECBA Certification

 

Certification of capability in Business Analysis (CCBA)

Business Analyst Certification

This is the second level of business analyst certifications. This certification needs experience as a business analyst. The eligibility criteria for CCBA certifications are as follows:

  • Requires a minimum of 3,750 hours of work experience in the last 7 years
    • Of this: a minimum of 900 hours in each of 2 of the 6 BABOK® Guide Version 3 Knowledge Areas or a minimum of 500 hours in each of 4 of the 6 BABOK® Guide Version 3 Knowledge Areas
  • Minimum of 21 hours of Professional Development in the last 4 years
  • Two references from a career manager, client or Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®) recipient.
  • Agreement with the CCBA® Code of Conduct

More details are available at the IIBA site on CCBA Level 2 certification.

Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP)

CBAP Certification

This is the third level of business analyst certification and requires more business analysis experience to be eligible for this certification. The CBAP eligibility criteria is defined herewith:

  • Requires a minimum of 7500 hours of work experience in the last 7 years
    • Of this: a minimum of 900 hours in each of 4 of the 6 BABOK® Guide Version 3 Knowledge Areas or a minimum of 500 hours in each of 4 of the 6 BABOK® Guide Version 3 Knowledge Areas
  • Minimum of 35 hours of Professional Development in the last 4 years
  • Two references from a career manager, client or Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®) recipient.
  • Agreement with the CCBA® Code of Conduct

More details are available at the IIBA site on CBAP level 3 certification.

If you would like to look at the type of questions asked in CBAP exam, you can read the following blog post, which has sample questions:

CBAP sample questions – Situation based

 

Certified Business Analyst Though Leader (CBATL)

Business Analyst Certification

Recognizes BA professionals who advance the BA profession and have oer 10 years of experience. This is the final level of certification for business analyst professionals. More details are expected very soon. All IIBA Endorsed Education Providers (Techcanvass is one of them) are invited for a detailed discussion by IIBA. As soon as we get more information, we will publish that information.

In the meanwhile, please visit IIBA New Certifications page.

About Techcanvass

Techcanvass offers IT certification courses for professionals. We are an IIBA endorsed education provider (EEP), iSQI ATP (for Certified Agile Business Analyst Training) as well as Agile Testing alliance partner for CP-SAT certification training in Selenium.

We have a Business analyst training course with domain training in-built into it. This training program offers you the opportunity to get certified with ECBA certification as well as have banking domain understanding.

Business Analyst Course with ECBA Certification

IIBA ECBA Training

Business Analyst Training with Banking

Business Analyst Training with Banking

Agile Business Analyst Training

Agile Business Analyst Training

BA Training with Healthcare Domain

BA Training with Healthcare Domain

Techcanvass launches BABOK v3 Revision Guide

BABOK v3 Revision Guide

 

Techcanvass has launched BABOK v3 Revision guide for its students, who enroll for ECBA, CCBA or CBAP certification training programs. This revision has been written as a certification preparation study material. This revision guide is based BABOK v3 and is suitable for three levels of certification:

  • ECBA
  • CCBA
  • CBAP

BABOK v3 Revision Guide

Purpose of BABOK v3 revision Guide

This book is authored with the intention of creating a concise revision guide for IIBA Business Analysis body of knowledge (BABOK) guide v3.0. We have not written this guide as an alternative to BABOK v3.0. Instead it is written as summarized version of BABOK. The guide is meant for professionals who are planning to undertake ECBA, CCBA or CBAP certification examination.

This revision guide captures the key concepts, definitions, business analysis practices as mentioned in the BABOK guide. To really understand the thought process behind this revision guide, consider your university exam and the notes you used to create for every exam. This is essentially a guide comprising of important notes.

For best results, this revision guide must be picked up after you have gone through the BABOK guide once. If you are planning for ECBA certification, please read it keeping in mind the knowledge areas weightages applicable for ECBA.

Contents of this book

This book covers all the knowledge areas, all 50 techniques and key concepts chapter. We have tried to capture all the key concepts, explanations and definitions from the BABOK guide and have put it in this revision guide.

Chapter 1 deals with the concepts model and provides explanations on the core concepts model as well as key concepts described in the book. In this chapter, we have explained it in simpler terms.

In the knowledge areas and the techniques chapters, we have captured all the key points and concepts. Explanations have been provided, where ever needed.

About Techcanvass

Techcanvass offers IT certification courses for professionals. We are an IIBA endorsed education provider (EEP), iSQI ATP (for Certified Agile Business Analyst Training) as well as Agile Testing alliance partner for CP-SAT certification training in Selenium.

We have a Business analyst training course with domain training in-built into it. This training program offers you the opportunity to get certified with ECBA certification as well as have banking domain understanding.

Business Analyst Course | ECBA Certification training

Business Analyst Course | ECBA Certification training

Business Analyst Training with Banking Domain

Business Analyst Training with Banking

Business Analyst Short Courses

Business Analyst Training Self-learning Course

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What are the key elements of an SRS | Business Analyst Interview Questions

What are the key elements of an SRS?

In this series of posts on business analyst interview questions, I am going to examine the question – What are the key elements of an SRS –  in this post. An interviewer asks this question to check if you have genuinely worked on creating an SRS or BRD.

SRS Vs BRD Vs FSD: These 3 terms are used interchangeably. For me, BRD has a completely different perspective as compared to SRS and FSD. Will cover this in another post. Don’t get into the differences in the interview. Just answer the question considering all the 3 as the same.

Elements of an SRS

System Requirements Specification (SRS) document is written to capture detailed requirements (analyzed, specific and classified) for the following reasons:

  • Developers/Design team can design and develop the software application based on this document
  • Project Management team to manage resources effectively
  • Customers and other stakeholders can use it as a reference document

The essential elements of an SRS are as follows:

Scope of Work

Scope of work section defines the activities to be carried out in the project and what’s not included in the scope. For example, a customer organization outsources the functional testing to another IT company (other than yours which is developing the software). In this case, functional tetsing is out of the scope.

Assumptions, Constraints & dependencies

This section of SRS contains the project related assumptions, constraints and dependencies. These sections help in developing risk management plan for the project.

Requirements Details

This is the largest section of the SRS document. The requirements are classified and described in two different sections:

  • Functional Requirements (Relating to functionality of the system)
  • Non-Functional Requirements (Relating to security, performance, interface etc)

The functional requirements are captured in a hierarchical manner as follows:

  • Scope Model: It defines the overall scope of the system (generally a block diagram/context diagram)
  • Functional Model: This is used to describe the functionalities of the system. You can use use case model, functional decomposition diagram or user stories model to describe the functional model
  • UI model: We must associate each of the functionalities with a user interface (screen) to describe it uniquely.
  • Rules and Constraints: This section is generally captured along with the UI screens to describe the business rules and constraints. For example, whether a field is mandatory.

Data Model

Data model section describes the elements of the screen. For example, we need to explain whether an element on a screen is text or number. What is the size of the field?

Please note that data model does not mean tables. As a business analyst, you don’t need to get into tables design.

Non-Functional Requirements

This section describes non-functional requirements like performance, security and others. This is an important section as it also helps in planning for inter-group co-ordination requirements. For example, if the project needs support from other groups in the organization to fulfill these non-functional requirements, those groups may need to be informed in advance.

Acceptance Criteria

Acceptance criteria is another critical section of an SRS. This is the agreed criteria on the basis of which a customer will accept the software during the UAT (user acceptance testing).

Other Sections

I have explained the most important sections above. There are other sections as well like reporting sections, stakeholder management section and so on….

The interviewer would like to check your understanding of the SRS/FSD document broadly. If you are able to explain the key sections well, that should be good enough.

Other Business Analyst Interview questions

You can check the other questions in the following post:

What are some scenario based and logical questions that are asked in a Business Analyst interview?

About Techcanvass

Techcanvass offers IT certification courses for professionals. We are an IIBA endorsed education provider (EEP), iSQI ATP (for Certified Agile Business Analyst Training) as well as Agile Testing alliance partner for CP-SAT certification training in Selenium.

We have a Business analyst training course with domain training in-built into it. This training program offers you the opportunity to get certified with ECBA certification as well as have banking domain understanding.

Business Analyst Course | ECBA Certification training

Business Analyst Course | ECBA Certification training

Business Analyst Training with Banking Domain

Business Analyst Training with Banking

Business Analyst Short Courses

Business Analyst Training Self-learning Course

 

 

Business Analyst Interview question on Requirements Gathering / Elicitation

Business Analyst Interview question on Requirements Gathering / Elicitation

I have been writing posts dealing with typical business analyst interview questions. In this post, I am going to deal with Business Analyst Interview question on Requirements Gathering / Elicitation techniques.

Business Analysts’ interview is different from that of project managers or technical programmers. They typically face scenario based or conceptual questions. You can read the previous post also on business analyst interview questions:

What are some scenario based and logical questions that are asked in a Business Analyst interview?

 

We have launched this series, where we would be presenting typical questions and answers asked during the Business Analyst interviews. This series is based on multiple sources. Some of these sources are as follows:

a) Questions asked and collected from Quora

b) Questions sent by our own students of AGILE BA, ECBA, CCBA/CBAP and BARM programs, based on their interviews.

Business Analyst Interview question in this post

You are contracted to gather requirements for a software system involving multiple divisions of an organization. Each division is going to provide requirements and there are approximately 25 divisions. How will you go about requirements gathering?

This is a scenario based question and is asked to test your understanding of elicitation techniques.

You are a business analyst and are asked to conduct requirements elicitation in this scenario. The organization is diverse with 25 divisions indicating that each of the division will have their own set of representatives or stakeholders.

During the business analysis planning phase, if you plan to meet each of the division representatives, it’s going to take a lot of time. This is not a feasible option at all.

So, in this case, you are expected to use the elicitation technique known as User Groups. A user group is headed by a moderator or a leader and members are chosen from the customer division. This user group gathers the requirements by interacting with internal users.

Each of the divisions will be represented by one group and they can work in parallel. This shortens in the requirements elicitation time frame. You and/or team of business analysts, then, co-ordinate with these user groups to consolidate the overall organization wide requirements into a specifications document.

I used this approach in one of my projects, which was executed for one of the largest private sector banks in India.

Pitfalls of the user group approach

A major challenge with this approach is to find right members of the user group. The members of the user group should have basic understanding of the requirements formats. It’s potentially a risk and as a business analyst, you must provide the training to the user group members and leaders to ensure the desired result.

I will continue to write a few more business analyst interview questions, which are scenario based and is usually asked to measure your understanding of business analysis practices.

About Techcanvass

Techcanvass offers IT certification courses for professionals. We are an IIBA endorsed education provider (EEP), iSQI ATP (for Certified Agile Business Analyst Training) as well as Agile Testing alliance partner for CP-SAT certification training in Selenium.

We have a Business analyst training course with domain training in-built into it. This training program offers you the opportunity to get certified with ECBA certification as well as have banking domain understanding.

Business Analyst Course | ECBA Certification training

Business Analyst Course | ECBA Certification training

Business Analyst Training with Banking Domain

Business Analyst Training with Banking

Business Analyst Short Courses

Business Analyst Training Self-learning Course

What are some scenario based and logical questions that are asked in a Business Analyst interview?

What are some scenario based and logical questions that are asked in a Business Analyst interview?

Business Analysts’ interview is different from that of project managers or technical programmers. They typically face scenario based or conceptual questions.

We have launched this series, where we would be presenting typical questions and answers asked during the Business Analyst interviews. This series is based on multiple sources. Some of these sources are as follows:

a) Questions asked and collected from Quora

b) Questions sent by our own students of AGILE BA, ECBA, CCBA/CBAP and BARM programs, based on their interviews.

In this post, we are going to list down some scenario based and logical questions and over the next few posts, will provide the answers to those questions.

  • Interview question on Process Modelling: Are you familiar with Process Modeling? If your customer is not familiar with either DFD or UML diagrams, will you still use process modeling? What would be your approach?
  • Interview question on Elicitation Techniques: You are contracted to gather requirements for a software system involving multiple divisions of an organization. Each division is going to provide requirements and there are approximately 25 divisions. How will you go about requirements gathering?
  • Interview question on SRS Document: Your organization does not have a standard SRS or FSD template? You need to put together a format for the requirements specifications document? What constitutes an SRS DOCUMENT (Which all sections are there?)
  • Interview question on Use cases and User Stories: Are you familiar with use cases and user stories? How are they different or they are the same?
  • Interview question on Stakeholder Analysis: Have you been involved with stakeholder Analysis? What does it involve?
  • Interview question on BRD: What is BRD? Have you prepared a BRD? Is it different from SRS? Explain the similarities or differences?

In this post, let’s discuss the first question:

Are you familiar with Process Modeling? If your customer is not familiar with either DFD or UML diagrams, will you still use process modeling? What would be your approach?

Process modeling is the technique of visually representing the system processes. A top level diagram shows high level processes and it is further detailed out in next few levels. Typically 3 levels of detailing is good enough for every project. Process modeling helps in analyzing the processes better and also helps in optimizing it, if needed.

Process Diagram

Data Flow diagrams (DFD) and UML diagrams are more powerful modeling techniques but requires learning curve to understand it. In case, the customer or technical team is not familiar with these two techniques, we can use flow charts which is probably one of the simplest techniques. It’s simple to understand.

Purpose of this question is to test to your ability to react to a situation and find a simple solution to a problem rather than sticking to a standard process & technique.

I will provide answers to other questions in the subsequent posts.

Next:  Business Analyst Interview Question #2

Business Analyst Interview question on Requirements Gathering / Elicitation

 

About Techcanvass

Techcanvass offers IT certification courses for professionals. We are an IIBA endorsed education provider (EEP), iSQI ATP (for Certified Agile Business Analyst Training) as well as Agile Testing alliance partner for CP-SAT certification training in Selenium.

We have a Business analyst training course with domain training in-built into it. This training program offers you the opportunity to get certified with ECBA certification as well as have banking domain understanding.

Business Analyst Training - ECBA Certification

Business Analyst Course

Business Analyst Training with Banking

Business Analyst Training with Banking

Agile Business Analyst Training

Agile Business Analyst Training

Business Analyst Training with Trade Finance

Business Analyst Training with Trade Finance

 

Business Analysis Fundamentals

Business Analysis Fundamentals

In this tutorial, you will learn business analysis fundamentals from the very basics. This tutorial covers the basics of business analysis, the role and responsibilities of a business analyst and how does a business analyst handle requirements? It will also cover the global certifications for business analysts.

This tutorial course will help you in:

  • learning business analysis fundamentals
  • getting you started on your quest to become a business analyst
  • Taking a decision on business analyst career choice

 What does this tutorial cover?

This business analysis fundamentals tutorial course has 6 chapters, as shown below:

  • What is Business Analysis?
  • Business Analyst Role and Responsibilities
  • Software Development Process Part A
  • Software Development Process Part B
  • Handling Requirements as a business analyst
  • Certifications to become to business analyst

What is Business Analysis?

Business analysis is the discipline of identifying business needs, determining & Validating solutions to the business problems.

Business analysis comprises of three key aspects as shown below:

Business Analysis fundamentals

 

The first element of business analysis is to understand the problem/needs of the customer. The second element of business analysis is to determine – how to address or to solve the customer needs. The third element of business analysis is to validate the effectiveness of the solution.

Business Analysis Example

Let’s take a simple example to understand business analysis elements.

A customer organization is having an issue with managing customer queries effectively (their customer service executives are slow in responding). They want to address this problem.

So in this case, what’s the need? –

To find a solution to make customer service management more responsive.

The next element is to determine the solution to address the needs. It’s common to have more than one alternatives to address the needs.

What are the alternatives in this case?

  • To buy a customer relationship management software product like SIEBEL CRM
  • To get a new CRM software developed to address the need (Known as customized solution)
  • To get a subscription based software (SalesForce)

One of the solutions needs to be chosen based on cost, features, technology and other factors. The implementation of the solution follows.

The last element of business analysis to determine the effectiveness of the chosen solution.

So, how do we validate?

In software parlance, we conduct testing (verification and validation) to validate the solution. The validation may also extend to measure the effectiveness after the solution is in use for a certain period of time.

Even though I have taken the software industry example, business analysis is relevant for any industry.

Who is a business Analyst?

A business analyst is a professional who is engaged in the business analysis activities. A business analyst may not be conducting all the business analysis activities in every project or initiative. However, a business analyst must be capable of carrying out these tasks.

The focus of this tutorial course is to discuss the Business Analyst role in the IT industry

Watch this video to know more about – what is business analysis & who is a business analyst?

 

Business Analyst Role and Responsibilities

The second chapter of business analysis fundamentals tutorial course deals with the role and responsibilities of a business analyst in details.

 

 

 

Software Development Process Part A & B

The next two chapters in this business analysis fundamentals tutorial course is about understanding software development process.

These two videos explain the software development process from the grounds up. Even if you are a non-IT professional, you can understand it.

You may skip the Part A, if you are already familiar with SDLC process.

 

 

Software development process Part B video

This video explains the activities carried out in each phase of the software development process with the help of a simple application.

 

Handling Requirements as a business analyst

A business analyst deals with the gathering, analysis and managing of requirements on a day-to-day basis. This chapter will cover the following topics:

  • Types of requirements
  • How do requirements evolve from business needs to functional/non-functional requirements
  • common terminologies

 

Certifications to become to business analyst

The last chapter of this business analysis fundamentals tutorial course will explain the global certifications available for becoming a business analyst.

IIBA is one of the leading organizations certifying business analysts across the world. Techcanvass is an endorsed education provider of IIBA.

 

What’s Next

We have next level of tutorials, which you can watch next. You will find the first 2 videos common with this tutorial there, you can skip them and watch other 3 videos to understand:

  • Popular SDLC methodologies
  • Requirements Analysis and Modelling with UML diagrams
  • Verification and validation

Business Analysis Tutorial for beginners

All the topics in the business analysis fundamentals tutorial and the above tutorial are covered in-depth in our business analyst training courses.

 

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About Techcanvass

Techcanvass offers IT certification courses for professionals. We are an IIBA endorsed education provider (EEP), iSQI ATP (for Certified Agile Business Analyst Training) as well as Agile Testing alliance partner for CP-SAT certification training in Selenium.

We have a Business analyst training course with domain training in-built into it. This training program offers you the opportunity to get certified with ECBA certification as well as have banking domain understanding.

Business Analyst Certification Training for beginners

Business Analyst Training - ECBA Certification

Business Analyst Training with Banking Domain

Business Analyst Training with Banking

Business Analyst Short Courses

Business Analyst Training Self-learning Course

 

ECBA Exam preparation strategy

ECBA Exam preparation strategy

In this article, I am going to discuss and explain the aspects of ECBA Exam preparation strategy. You need to clear an online test to get the ECBA certification, so how do you prepare for the ECBA certification?

ECBA certification exam is based on IIBA BABOK guide version 3. This book is big and can be intimidating for many specially if you are new to business analysis. So I decided to enable every ECBA certification aspirant to adopt an efficient approach to the preparation.

If you would like to know more about ECBA certification, read the following article:

Business Analyst Certification for beginners – ECBA Certification

 

First of all, let’s try and understand the BABOK guide structure.

 

BABOK guide structure

The Business analysis body of knowledge (BABOK) guide has multiple sections and the sections map is shown below:

whats-inside-babok-guide

 

It’s a well planned and researched book. The good news is that as an ECBA certification preparation standpoint, you don’t need to go through the entire content.

The scope for ECBA certification is limited. That makes your task easier. So, what’s the scope for you? We are going to discuss that in the next section.

ECBA Certification exam scope

The image below is reproduced from IIAB website, which has a dedicated page for ECBA certification. Three of the six knowledge areas have 64% weightage from the certification exam perspective and that’s pretty interesting. The next important part is the Technqiues section, that has 12.5% weightage.

ECBA Certification Scope

 

So, how do you go about preparing for the exam. It’s really a 3-step strategy.

ECBA Certification exam preparation strategy

ECBA Certification exam is a multiple choice examination. It will have 50 questions and the time allotted is 1.5 hrs. The questions are going to be straight forward and from the BABOK guide.

Step 1: Understand Business Analysis

Assuming you are new to the business analysis domain, you should first try and understand what is business analysis and how does it work? How does software development work? What are the different phases?

This is important as this will help you in relating to BABOK guide better. As ECBA certification  needs you to acquire 21 hrs of CDUs, you need to join an IIBA EEP. The EEPs should be able to cover these topics. Techcanvass is one such IIBA EEP

Step 2: Go through the BABOK guide

ECBA Certification has a well defined focus. However it is advisable that you go through the BABOK guide once before delving into the focus areas.

Once you have gone through BABOK once, go through the focus areas in details to understand it in depth: Your focus areas are as follows:

  • Business Analysis core concepts

Business Analysis Core concepts Model (BACCM)

 

  • Business Analysis knowledge areas
  • Elicitation and collaboration
  • Requirement life cycle management
  • Requirement analysis and design definition

Techniques: As each of the above knowledge areas indicates the common techniques used by these knowledge areas, so that automatically covers the techniques.

Typically an IIBA EEP course should cover these techniques required.

Step 3: Mock Tests

This is an important aspect for your preparation. Start by taking Knowledge area wise tests and once you are able to do well (target 80% score), go for the full test. Full tests should be taken at least 2-3 days prior to your actual test. If you are able to score 80% consistently in mock test series, you should be able to clear the test at first attempt.

Obviously, it goes without saying that you should be selecting the ECBA practice test simulator properly.

Here is a mock test published by Techcanvass

ECBA exam questions – mock test

 

ECBA Exam Preparation Strategy Slides

We have published a presentation on slideshare recently with updated information on exam preparation strategy. You can view the presentation:

https://www.slideshare.net/abhish45/iiba-ecba-certification-exam-preparation-strategy/

About Techcanvass

Techcanvass offers IT certification courses for professionals. We are an IIBA endorsed education provider (EEP), iSQI ATP (for Certified Agile Business Analyst Training) as well as Agile Testing alliance partner for CP-SAT certification training in Selenium.

We have a Business analyst training course with domain training in-built into it. This training program offers you the opportunity to get certified with ECBA certification as well as have banking domain understanding.

Business Analyst Certification Training for beginners

ECBA Business Analyst Certification Training TN

Business Analyst Certification for beginners – ECBA Certification

Business Analyst Certification for beginners

IIBA ECBA certification is a business analyst certification for beginners. IIBA ECBA is the business analyst certification for beginners. This article provides all the commonly asked questions about this certification program. This entry level certification for business analysts was launched on September 30, 2016 by IIBA.

 

What is ECBA Certification?

ECBA is the Entry Certificate in Business Analysis and is designed for professionals, who wish to enter the field of business analysis. This certification is expected to test your skills and proficiency of business analysis skills at the beginners level.

What are the eligibility criteria for ECBA certification?

The eligibility criteria for ECBA Certification examination are as follows (as per IIBA website):

  • No previous BA work experience required
  • 21 hours of professional development in the last 4 years (IIBA EEP like Techcanvass training can provide you the PDUs)
  • Agreement with the ECBA™ Code of Conduct.

More details are available at the IIBA ECBA Certification page as shown below:

IIBA ECBA Certification

Is ECBA Certification meant for freshers?

No, it’s meant for freshers only. Actually it is designed for any one new to business analysis. This certification is applicable for:

  • Fresh graduates
  • Experienced professional but with no experience as a business analyst

I am an IT professional, is ECBA Certification applicable for me?

ECBA Certification is an entry level certification and is applicable for every professional. If you are an IT professional and are new to business analysis field, this certification is for you as well. However, if you are familiar with the basics of business analysis skill set, you can go for mini courses designed to speed up your entry as business analyst.

Techcanvass offers following courses for IT professionals, these courses will empower you with formal skills in specific areas:

Requirements Modelling Course

Certified Agile Business Analyst Course (CABA)

Data Modelling Course (On-demand)

What is the format of ECBA Certification exam?

ECBA Certification examination is a multiple choice test. The duration of the ECBA exam is 1.5 hours . The exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions.

What is the syllabus for ECBA Certification?

ECBA Certification is based on IIBA BABOK v3 guide. BABOK has six knowledge areas covering the competency of business analysis. It also defines underlying competencies and techniques. BABOK guide is also applicable for CCBA and CBAP Certifications. The ECBA certification coverage is less than CCBA and CBAP certifications. IIBA has defined the following weightages of knowledge areas for ECBA Certification:

  • Business Analysis Planning & Monitoring – 5%
  • Elicitation & Collaboration – 20%
  • Requirements Life Cycle Management – 20%
  • Strategy Analysis – 5%
  • Requirements Analysis and Design Definition – 24%
  • Solution Evaluation – 1%

You can find more information on the certification at the following links:

Certification blueprints

ECBA Certification detailed information

Every IIBA member gets this book for free. You can buy it from amazon as well.

ECBA Certification cost?

ECBA Certification exam fees is USD 295 (USD 60 as application fee and USD 235 as exam fee), if you are not an IIBA member. IIBA members have to pay USD 170 (USD 60 as application fee and USD 110 as exam fee).

IIBA membership fees depends on the region. India comes under region 3 and the membership fees is USD 55. United States of America is in region 1 and the membership fees is USD 125.

You can check the fees for your country by visiting the IIBA membership page:

IIBA Global membership fees

How can I take the test?

You can take this test anywhere and don’t need to go to any centre. We have already written a detailed post on the same subject:

ECBA Examination by IIBA

Let us know in case you have any further questions.

How to prepare for ECBA Certification Exam?

I have written another post on – ECBA Certification exam preparation strategy. Read to know how to prepare for the exam.

ECBA Exam preparation strategy

 

 

About Techcanvass

Techcanvass offers IT certification courses for professionals. We are an IIBA endorsed education provider (EEP), iSQI ATP (for Certified Agile Business Analyst Training) as well as Agile Testing alliance partner for CP-SAT certification training in Selenium.

We have a Business analyst training course with domain training in-built into it. This training program offers you the opportunity to get certified with ECBA certification as well as have banking domain understanding.

Business Analyst Certification Training for beginners

Business Analyst Training - ECBA Certification

 

 

 

 

 

Business Analyst Training with Banking Domain

Business Analyst Training Banking

 

Business Analyst Self-learning Course

Business Analyst Training Self-learning Course

 

 

Business Analyst roles and responsibilities

Business Analyst roles and responsibilities

In this article, I am going to discuss about business analyst role and responsibilities. Entry level business analysts have different responsibilities as compared to senior business analysts. In this post, I am going to talk about entry level business analyst role.

In one of the next posts, I will talk about senior business analyst roles and responsibilities.

Business analyst term is used to refer to two distinct profiles and that is often confusing for many. In general, the IT industry is using the term Business Analyst to refer to:

  • IT business Analyst or Systems Analyst: We are going to discuss about this role in the article
  • Business Analyst / Data analyst / Analytics professionals / data scientists – This role is different than the IT business analyst, even though there are similarities.

It’s pertinent to explain what is business analysis so that we can understand the role of an IT business analyst in the right context.

What is business Analysis and who is a business analyst?

International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) defines business analysis as follows:

Business Analysis is the practice of enabling change in an  organizational context, by defining needs and recommending solutions that deliver value to stakeholders.

This formal definition leads to the following diagrammatic representation of “What is business analysis”.

 

Business Analysis

 

So business analysis is all about solving a business problem/need using the organizational context and transitioning the organization through the change (implementing the solution).

So, who is a business analyst?

A business analyst is a professional who performs one or all of the business analysis functions. He or she may not get involved with all the functions, defined as business analysis functions

A business analyst, in general, is agnostic of the method/techniques used to solve a business need/problem. He/she may use statistical models, machine learning or software development methodologies to achieve the end goal.

This is one of the reasons why there is a wide spread use of the business analyst in multiple contexts. In this article, we are going to focus on IT business analyst only.

Role of an IT business analyst

An IT business analyst works with customer as well as technology team on a day-to-day basis. The diagram below shows high-level view of an IT business analyst role:

Business Analyst Role

 

Here is the summary of the role of an IT business analyst:

  • To interact with customer to understand their requirements
  • To convert the business requirements into detailed technical requirements for technology team
  • To co-ordinate with the technology team to explain the requirements
  • To validate the developed solution before handing over to the customer for User Acceptance Testing (UAT)
  • To co-ordinate with the customer team and the technology team to facilitate UAT

So, what does it translate to? What are the typical responsibilities of a business analyst on a day to day basis? Let’s discuss them in the next section.

Business Analyst’s Responsibilities

A business analyst will be performing one or more of the activities on a day to day basis:

Business Analyst Responsibilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These activities are the primary responsibility areas for an entry level business analyst. He/she may not be doing all of them every day. The activities differ based on the stage of the project. Let’s consider these scenarios:

Changes in existing requirements

In case of changes in the existing system (already in use by the customer), a business analyst has the following responsibiliites:

Understand and document the requirements -> Create the specifications document -> work with technology team to assess the impact of the change (Effort, cost etc) -> Seek customer approval -> Validate the developed solution -> co-ordinate the UAT

New Project

A new project is completely different from the ongoing project. In case of a new project, a business analyst’s responsibilities are as follows:

Understand and document the requirements -> Create prototype model -> Create UML or similar model ->  Develop data model -> Prepare system requirements specifications (SRS) document -> Co-ordinate with technology team to design and develop the solution Validate the developed solution -> co-ordinate the UAT.

To summarize, business analysts play an intermediary role between the customer team and the technology team to ensure that right software is developed for the customer.

About Techcanvass

Techcanvass is an IT certifications training academy offering courses in Data Science, Business Analysis and Automation testing.

We are an IIBA Endorsed education provider (EEP) and iSQI authorized training partner. Our business analyst courses are for all the levels as shown below:

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