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by akanksha.ashar5
Sat Dec 17, 2016 1:39 pm
Forum: PMI-PBA® Exam Lessons – Success Stories
Topic: How Easy it is to Crack PMI-PBA with iZenbridge!
Replies: 2
Views: 1558

How Easy it is to Crack PMI-PBA with iZenbridge!

Finally, I earned PMI - Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)® Credential on 5th Dec, 2016 with "Moderately Proficient" as the grade across all 5 Business Analysis Domains - Need Assessment, Business Analysis Planning, Requirement Elicitation & Analysis, Traceability & Monito...
by akanksha.ashar5
Sun Dec 11, 2016 7:31 am
Forum: PMI-PBA® Exam Lessons – Success Stories
Topic: My PMI - PBA UNsuccessful Story
Replies: 3
Views: 1305

Re: My PMI - PBA UNsuccessful Story

Akshaya,

All the very best to you! I am sure you will crack this time! :)
by akanksha.ashar5
Sun Dec 04, 2016 2:19 pm
Forum: PMI-PBA Open Forum
Topic: business analysis activities across Portfolio, Programs and Projects
Replies: 6
Views: 1741

Re: business analysis activities across Portfolio, Programs and Projects

Yes Saket. It makes sense to me and its absolutely clear. Thanks :)
by akanksha.ashar5
Sun Dec 04, 2016 7:48 am
Forum: PMI-PBA Open Forum
Topic: Product Scope Decomposition
Replies: 4
Views: 1480

Re: Product Scope Decomposition

Good example Saket - this will make me remember it for life every time I eat watermelon :)
by akanksha.ashar5
Sat Dec 03, 2016 5:23 pm
Forum: PMI-PBA Open Forum
Topic: business analysis activities across Portfolio, Programs and Projects
Replies: 6
Views: 1741

Re: business analysis activities across Portfolio, Programs and Projects

ok. got it now.

so there BA activities can be split into pre-project and actual project related activties.
And program is the group of projects and same set of activities will be applicable in it.
by akanksha.ashar5
Sat Dec 03, 2016 1:58 pm
Forum: PMI-PBA Open Forum
Topic: business analysis activities across Portfolio, Programs and Projects
Replies: 6
Views: 1741

Re: business analysis activities across Portfolio, Programs and Projects

Based on above explanation - So, the way i understand this is that the BA activities as described in need assessment are applicable to Portfolio or Program level engagement and rest of the BA Activities described in other domains are applicable to Project level engagement. Correct me if there are an...
by akanksha.ashar5
Sat Dec 03, 2016 5:15 am
Forum: PMI-PBA® Queries and Tips
Topic: Need tips on utilizing allotted exam duration efficiently
Replies: 3
Views: 943

Re: Need tips on utilizing allotted exam duration efficiently

Also, note that i take comparatively less time to attempt questions as i have read some of these questions and the gist of the question is known most of the time. Not emphasizing on memorizing as i try to give a logical justification or hint while selecting a suitable answer so that it registers in ...
by akanksha.ashar5
Sat Dec 03, 2016 5:06 am
Forum: PMI-PBA® Queries and Tips
Topic: Need tips on utilizing allotted exam duration efficiently
Replies: 3
Views: 943

Need tips on utilizing allotted exam duration efficiently

Needs tips on utilizing allotted exam duration efficiently... As i think 4 hours will be too tight to complete the exam considering (4hrsX60mins) = 240 mins and 200 questions to resolve and most of them will be scenario based question and it will be time consuming to read, understand and think and s...
by akanksha.ashar5
Fri Dec 02, 2016 5:46 pm
Forum: PMI-PBA Open Forum
Topic: Product Scope Decomposition
Replies: 4
Views: 1480

Product Scope Decomposition

Product Scope Decomposition - Need Clarification on below queries

If WBS is output of Product Scope decomposition then is Work Package output of WBS Decomposition?

Or rather what is Work Product and its relation with WBS and Product Scope?
by akanksha.ashar5
Fri Dec 02, 2016 3:29 pm
Forum: PMI-PBA Open Forum
Topic: business analysis activities across Portfolio, Programs and Projects
Replies: 6
Views: 1741

business analysis activities across Portfolio, Programs and Projects

How do we differentiate between or how does or in what way business analysis activities vary across Portfolio, Programs and Projects respectively? Just want to have a high-level understanding on this so that I can connect my thoughts better with respect to PMI-PBA Practice Guide and PMBOK references...
by akanksha.ashar5
Fri Dec 02, 2016 9:55 am
Forum: PMI-PBA Open Forum
Topic: Verification Vs Validation
Replies: 3
Views: 1406

Re: Verification Vs Validation

"Chapter 12 has the video for Validate Scope. The goal of this process is to get the acceptance of deliverables. The input of this process is Verified deliverables (Verification of Solution). Verification is done by the Control Quality process (described in chapter 14). " In extension to a...
by akanksha.ashar5
Fri Dec 02, 2016 7:06 am
Forum: PMI-PBA® Queries and Tips
Topic: Value Stream Mapping
Replies: 4
Views: 1409

Re: Value Stream Mapping

above query is clear to me from explanation on

viewtopic.php?f=24&t=5805
https://youtu.be/0g7Hh2a4iD8
by akanksha.ashar5
Fri Dec 02, 2016 7:02 am
Forum: PMI-PBA® Queries and Tips
Topic: Value Stream Mapping
Replies: 4
Views: 1409

Re: Value Stream Mapping

Value stream mapping maps the information flow along with the material flow and provides the picture of ideas to eliminate waste. Can you please elaborate and give more meaning and context to the terms - "information flow" & "material flow" in above statement on Value Stream...
by akanksha.ashar5
Fri Dec 02, 2016 5:29 am
Forum: PMI-PBA Open Forum
Topic: PMI PBA Business Analysis Practice Guide: Need Assessment
Replies: 20
Views: 4142

Re: PMI PBA Business Analysis Practice Guide: Need Assessment

Seema, I must say this is excellently summarized for quick review! :)
by akanksha.ashar5
Thu Dec 01, 2016 7:56 am
Forum: PMI-PBA Open Forum
Topic: User stories question
Replies: 8
Views: 4296

Re: User stories question

Yes i totally agree now on the explanation about "key reason" for preparing user stories and hence answer B is correct.
by akanksha.ashar5
Wed Nov 30, 2016 10:46 am
Forum: PMI-PBA Open Forum
Topic: Webinar on SWOT analysis in strategy development: Poll 1
Replies: 5
Views: 2536

Re: Webinar on SWOT analysis in strategy development: Poll 1

Seema i think the answer here is true that BA develops organizational strategies ofcourse it will be with help of Business Stakeholders whose inputs will be required. Can you please confirm on this.
by akanksha.ashar5
Wed Nov 30, 2016 10:05 am
Forum: PMI-PBA Open Forum
Topic: Project life cycle and requirement development & management
Replies: 2
Views: 2401

Re: Project life cycle and requirement development & management

Yes. Project life cycle has an impact on requirement development & management. Project Life Cycle plays an important role to influence the way requirement development & management activities are carried out.
by akanksha.ashar5
Wed Nov 30, 2016 10:02 am
Forum: PMI-PBA Open Forum
Topic: Business Analysis and Project Management
Replies: 2
Views: 2556

Re: Business Analysis and Project Management

Yes these both are separate areas. However, Business Analysis and Project Management are interlinked and complementary to each other.
by akanksha.ashar5
Wed Nov 30, 2016 9:55 am
Forum: PMI-PBA Open Forum
Topic: Ways to Achieve Organisation Goals and Objectives
Replies: 3
Views: 2225

Re: Ways to Achieve Organisation Goals and Objectives

Yes indeed. Projects are one of the ways to achieve organizational goals and objectives. A project is a temporary endeavor designed to produce a unique product, service or result with a defined beginning and end (usually time-constrained, and often constrained by funding or deliverables) undertaken ...
by akanksha.ashar5
Wed Nov 30, 2016 9:48 am
Forum: PMI-PBA Open Forum
Topic: SWOT and Root Cause Analysis
Replies: 3
Views: 2478

Re: SWOT and Root Cause Analysis

Awareness of Strengths, weakness, Opportunity and threat cannot help us discover the root problem to be solved. SWOT analysis is just the preliminary (high-level) analysis done to surface out problems and opportunities. Post SWOT Analysis, Root-Cause analysis should be done further to identify the r...
by akanksha.ashar5
Wed Nov 30, 2016 9:43 am
Forum: PMI-PBA Open Forum
Topic: User stories question
Replies: 8
Views: 4296

Re: User stories question

Here, I too think D is more suitable answer as it contains one of the INVEST property defined for good user stories and can be appropriate in a given context where it highlights that its helpful for estimation. Definitely, estimation is one of the advantages but as "PMBOK" quotes always th...
by akanksha.ashar5
Wed Nov 30, 2016 8:30 am
Forum: PMI-PBA Open Forum
Topic: Rigor of Requirement Analysis before Project initiation
Replies: 1
Views: 1686

Re: Rigor of Requirement Analysis before Project initiation

Here, the complete requirement analysis term is ambiguous. So, it can have answers as true and false based on varying perceptions. As correctly said by Seema in above statement, adequate analysis is required. Here, i would emphasize on the Business Requirement Analysis which needs to be done in deta...
by akanksha.ashar5
Wed Nov 30, 2016 8:12 am
Forum: PMI-PBA Open Forum
Topic: Elicitation Vs. Collecting Requirements
Replies: 2
Views: 1964

Re: Elicitation Vs. Collecting Requirements

False. Elicitation Vs. Collecting Requirements is not the same. Requirement Elicitation is an activity performed by person in BA role to identify requirements (related to PBA Concepts) and Collect requirement is a task for tracking requirement identification related activities for a person in Projec...
by akanksha.ashar5
Tue Nov 29, 2016 6:57 pm
Forum: PMI-PBA Open Forum
Topic: Priortrize requirements question
Replies: 6
Views: 2102

Re: Priortrize requirements question

I think Answer D seems neutral to me if and only if we agree that positive and negative risks both can be mitigated.

Please confirm my understanding on above statement. Thanks.
by akanksha.ashar5
Tue Nov 29, 2016 6:31 pm
Forum: PMI-PBA Open Forum
Topic: Document question
Replies: 4
Views: 1670

Re: Document question

Requirements attributes are part of the Requirement Traceability Matrix and hence RTM can help identify efficiently and effectively make tradeoffs between requirements (using RTM), identify stakeholders affected by potential changes (listed in RTM), and understand the impact of a proposed change (im...
by akanksha.ashar5
Tue Nov 29, 2016 2:41 pm
Forum: PMI-PBA Open Forum
Topic: Interviews question
Replies: 4
Views: 1830

Re: Interviews question

Here, "D - Nobody" is the right answer as the question states "during interviews" though the word minute details is confusing and somebody can misunderstand it for a meeting/discussion and end up selecting Scribe.
by akanksha.ashar5
Tue Nov 29, 2016 1:43 pm
Forum: PMI-PBA Open Forum
Topic: Webinar on Business Analysis in Project Env :Poll 1
Replies: 1
Views: 1005

Re: Webinar on Business Analysis in Project Env :Poll 1

Yes. It is true that Business Analysis starts since its inception or even before the Project gets chartered.
by akanksha.ashar5
Tue Nov 29, 2016 1:40 pm
Forum: PMI-PBA Open Forum
Topic: Webinar on Business Analysis in Project Env : Poll 3
Replies: 2
Views: 1270

Re: Webinar on Business Analysis in Project Env : Poll 3

I think Project team should re-look at the Business Case of the project - During Scope Validation. Can you please confirm?
by akanksha.ashar5
Tue Nov 29, 2016 1:26 pm
Forum: PMI-PBA Open Forum
Topic: Webinar on Business Analysis in Project Env : Poll 2
Replies: 2
Views: 1142

Re: Webinar on Business Analysis in Project Env : Poll 2

True. Project Charter gets prepared after the approval of Business Case.
by akanksha.ashar5
Tue Nov 29, 2016 1:24 pm
Forum: PMI-PBA Open Forum
Topic: Workshop on Business Analysis in Agile & NonAgile Env:Poll1
Replies: 1
Views: 1000

Re: Workshop on Business Analysis in Agile & NonAgile Env:Poll1

False. As Business Analyst role is NOT limited to traditional methodologies.
by akanksha.ashar5
Tue Nov 29, 2016 12:36 pm
Forum: PMI-PBA® Queries and Tips
Topic: Stakeholder Map
Replies: 2
Views: 8868

Re: Stakeholder Map

Thanks. It is clear to me now.
by akanksha.ashar5
Tue Nov 29, 2016 10:13 am
Forum: PMI-PBA Open Forum
Topic: The key objective of stakeholder engagement
Replies: 8
Views: 2439

Re: The key objective of stakeholder engagement

Here, the correct answer is A. totally agree with Seema's explanation and precisely below quoted statement - "My take is if stakeholder’s belief, priorities, expectations related to their role is not taken care then they will not be able to collaborate with each other – so effective stakeholder...
by akanksha.ashar5
Tue Nov 29, 2016 6:06 am
Forum: PMI-PBA Open Forum
Topic: External Environment Factor
Replies: 4
Views: 1572

Re: External Environment Factor

I too think that New Technology is the external environmental factor because New Technology may influence or impact current capabilities or processes or any functioning or existing/ongoing projects in an enterprise or organization. Financial resources here is the internal strength of the enterprise/...
by akanksha.ashar5
Tue Nov 29, 2016 5:56 am
Forum: PMI-PBA Open Forum
Topic: Who Should Update RTM?
Replies: 4
Views: 1482

Re: Who Should Update RTM?

Yes I agree that Business Analyst should update the RTM and should be accountable for maintaining it consistently as and when requirement undergo changes and any new approved requirements are added to the product scope. Ideally, in bigger projects if there is a single BA or team of BA who is respons...
by akanksha.ashar5
Sun Nov 27, 2016 4:44 pm
Forum: PMI-PBA® Queries and Tips
Topic: Stakeholder Map
Replies: 2
Views: 8868

Stakeholder Map

Can you please explain Stakeholder Map in detail - Stakeholder Map: A technique used to visually analyse stakeholders and their relationship to each other and to the problem or opportunity under analysis. I am not very clear on the "problem or opportunity under analysis." Can you please gi...
by akanksha.ashar5
Sun Sep 04, 2016 3:47 pm
Forum: PMI-PBA® Queries and Tips
Topic: PMI-PBA: Difference between Data Dictionary and Glossary
Replies: 1
Views: 706

PMI-PBA: Difference between Data Dictionary and Glossary

Hi Seema,

Need to understand difference between data dictionary and glossary. Also, the significance of each of these tools in their respective context. I am bit not clear on how are they different. if you could also share examples to differentiate the same would be great. Thanks.
by akanksha.ashar5
Sun Aug 21, 2016 2:23 pm
Forum: PMI-PBA® Queries and Tips
Topic: In PMI-PBA Application - Project Experience Summary
Replies: 5
Views: 1363

Re: In PMI-PBA Application - Project Experience Summary

Seema,

Is it mandatory to use acronyms of 5 Business Analysis Domain areas while listing task description in BA Experience as well as Project Experience?
by akanksha.ashar5
Sat Jul 30, 2016 7:40 pm
Forum: PMI-PBA® Queries and Tips
Topic: In PMI-PBA Application - Project Experience Summary
Replies: 5
Views: 1363

In PMI-PBA Application - Project Experience Summary

Hi Seema, In PMI-PBA Application - under Project Experience Summary, what information should be added here. Should it be skills, project details, or tasks performed or anything else. Can this section have similar tasks performed as added in BA experience summary for the same project in Project exper...

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