I passed last week the PMI-PBA exam
Needs assessment, Above Target
Planning, Above Target
Elicitation and Analysis,
Traceability and Monitoring.
My take away of this journey to help others to pass the exam:
• Consider to start preparing 3 months in advance and learn from different technics, you need to mature the concepts to be able to answer situational questions.
• Review Classroom Videos by chapter along with the PMI-PBA Practice Guide (I prepared notes by chapter based on both in Power Point for later review)
• Clarification Sessions: Key to review even if you don’t participate, review the videos later.
• PMI-PBA Practice Guide: Go back to this framework each time you have a doubt.
• Exam Prep Questions: Work two weeks before very intensive on this use all the Izenbridge material but also look for other questions source in the web is good to practice
• Open Forum : Spend at least the last 3 days before the exam Exploring all threads of exclusive PBA forum
• Specific topics from the exam:
o The obvious one understand very clear the rational of each Domain
o Understand in all domains the Plan Phase required for each one.
o be very clear about: Differences between Verification, Validation, Evaluation and Post Implementation Review, when each one happen, who are involved, reason for each. Using quality assurance tools to analyse solution discrepancies
o You need to manage the concepts and rational of the Traceability Matrix (requirements status, unique, source, etc.) very well in different project environment.
o Prioritization techniques : names and purposes of the BA tools presented in the Business Analysis practice Guide:. You do need recognize them as appropriate or inappropriate when provided a project scenario. Be sure to know MoSCoW, Pest and Kano.
o Any change always start with a change request , baseline requirement to define the scope
o Assume always as BA the potential Business Value for the organization, if any question come and one of the option is Business Value related, pick that option.
o Manage all the Plans content by PMI-PMbok and the differences between them (Management Plan, Comms Plan, Change Management, etc.)
o Manage well stakeholders analysis when it happened (in which domains and the differences). Identify and analyse stakeholders in different scenarios is key.
o Decision-making process & techniques: Specifically look at the various forms of decision making tools (unanimity, plurality, etc.) and check the reading list indexes for decision-making references.
o Understand ALL the techniques for elicitation and analysis and when you use each one depending the project lifecycle and the phase in which you are of the project and constrains , the audience and the stakeholders involved.
o Solution evaluation Expected vs Actuals - variances : When and how evaluate, Sign off process
• The day before the exam relax go for a walk with you partner and do not read nothing the night before have a good sleep. What you didn’t master in 3 months you will not get the night before and you will burn energy that you will require for the long exam.
• Make a 5 minutes break half way on the exam eat a Toblerone or any food with energy, drink water and fresh up yourself.
This is what I remember at this moment. I hope may help other to pass the exam.
Thank you again