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ECBA+ Certification Preparation

Complete your ECBA+™ ceritification and be Job Ready on Day 1.

Duration: Classroom - 3 Days | Virtual - 6 Days + 6 Practical Sessions
Why Take This Course:

Be job reasy on Day 1 with ECBA+ (Entry Certificate in Business Analysis + Practicum). This comprehensive workshop will prepare you for the Entry Certificate in Business Analysis (ECBA) exam and help you make the most of the limited study time you have.  Plus, you will apply the BA concepts through a case study facilitated and evaluated by the instructor leading to ECBA+. The course is designed, created, and is taught by practicing Business Analysts, who have been trained by IIBA, to help others focus on the critical areas to study and to provide insights into the exam.

It is current with the framework of knowledge outlined by the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK® Guide) version 3.0.

Through this course, you will

  • Increase your confidence in applying the BA concepts on the job.
  • Streamline the massive amounts of information required to pass the test.
  • The small-class environment, group exercises, and hundreds of sample exam questions keep you engaged and aid in your retention and learning.
  • Learn from experts. The course is designed and taught by CBAPs with extensive knowledge of the BABOK® Guide, who have been trained by IIBA to deliver this course.
  • Dedication. We have 7 CBAPs on staff, ready to help you pass the exam.
  • Trusted. Study with a firm that has helped hundreds of people pass the CBAP® exam. We know how to combine learning with test preparation inan engaging way!
  • Complete. Earn 35 CDUs, enough to apply for the ECBA and ECBA+exam.
Learn How To:
  • Identify the critical principles, activities, tasks, techniques, and tips described in the BABOK® Guide ver. 3.0.
  • Anticipate the 4 general types of questions that appear on the exam and learn how to answer them.
  • Cite the core knowledge areas, their activities, tasks, deliverables, and their relationships.
  • Measure your ability to successfully complete the exam through sample questions in each knowledge area.
  • Dissect and understand tricky sample questions through guided discussion after every practice exam.
  • Develop a personal test prep strategy, employing various test-taking tactics.
  • Develop your ability to successfully apply the BA tasks and techniques in each knowledge area.
Contents:

PART 1:

ECBA™ Exam Information & Tips

  • Overview of certification process, eligibility requirements, and application tips
  • ECBA™ Exam overview
  • Studying tips
  • ECBA Study Guide overview
  • Course layout

Introduction / Key Concepts

  • Business Analysis & the BA Professional
  • Business Analysis Key Concepts
  • BABOK overview & structure
  • Key knowledge areas
  • Common themes
  • Business Analysis Core Model
  • Key BABOK®  Terminology
  • Classification of Requirements
  • Key Stakeholders
  • Practice Exam Questions & Review

Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring (BAPM)

  • Overview
  • KA Goal & things to note
  • Exam Blueprint
  • Common Themes
  • Core Concept Model
  • Key Tasks
  • Stakeholders
  • Techniques
  • Guidelines & Tools
  • Practice Exam Questions & Review

Elicitation & Collaboration

  • Overview
  • KA Goal & things to note
  • Exam Blueprint
  • Common Themes
  • Core Concept Model
  • Key Tasks
  • Stakeholders
  • Techniques
  • Guidelines & Tools
  • Practice Exam Questions & Review

Requirements Life Cycle Management

  • Overview
  • KA Goal & things to note
  • Exam Blueprint
  • Common Themes
  • Core Concept Model
  • Key Tasks
  • Stakeholders
  • Techniques
  • Guidelines & Tools
  • Practice Exam Questions & Review

Strategy Analysis

  • Overview
  • KA Goal & things to note
  • Exam Blueprint
  • Common Themes
  • Core Concept Model
  • Key Tasks
  • Stakeholders
  • Techniques
  • Guidelines & Tools
  • Practice Exam Questions & Review

Requirements Analysis and Design Definition

  • Overview
  • KA Goal & things to note
  • Exam Blueprint
  • Common Themes
  • Core Concept Model
  • Key Tasks
  • Stakeholders
  • Techniques
  • Guidelines & Tools
  • Practice Exam Questions & Review

Solution Evaluation

  • Overview
  • KA Goal & things to note
  • Exam Blueprint
  • Common Themes
  • Core Concept Model
  • Key Tasks
  • Stakeholders
  • Techniques
  • Guidelines & Tools
  • Practice Exam Questions & Review

Underlying Competencies

  • Overview
  • Analytical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Behavioral Characteristics
  • Business Knowledge
  • Communication Skills
  • Interaction Skills
  • Tools & Technology
  • Practice Exam Questions & Review

Techniques

  • Overview
  • Review of each technique (Usage, Purpose & Key elements)
  • Technique Examples

PART 2

PROJECT WORK FOR ECBA+:

 

Improve Business Analysis Performance

  • Stimulate creative ideas and group interaction
  • Build on collaboration skills
  • Introduce improving business analysis performance as a goal
  • Establish rhythm for subsequent modules

Engage Stakeholders

  • Identify stakeholders and their characteristics
  • Recognize tasks that are ongoing in nature
  • Apply visualization (analytical thinking) as an underlying competency
  • Acknowledge project risks associated with a failure to discover all stakeholders or to misunderstand key stakeholders

Validate Reports

  • Write user stories
    • Express user concerns in a simple format that reflects value
    • Introduce ‘current state’ and ‘future state’ as related tasks
    • Take the first step towards identifying potential requirements

Agile Mindset

  • Encourage going back to source material
    • Communicate research results
    • Characterize agile business analysis

Confirm Stakeholder Needs

  • Interact with those who do the work
    • Test previously unconfirmed statements
    • Discover new stakeholder information
    • Show how assessing existing limitations leads to a deeper analysis of the current state

Explore Supply-Chain Relationships

  • Explain how viewpoints are different from views
    • Associate work with ‘Suppliers’ providing inputs, and ‘Customers’ getting outputs
    • Model process flows to identify activities, handoffs, and decision points
    • Look at business analysis as ‘work’

Business Operations

  • Understand types of decision-making
    • Identify key terms and statements of fact
    • Write well-constructed business rules
    • Explain the difference between business rules and requirements
    • Verify and validate requirements

Manage Business Terms and Data Elements

  • Compile business terms from user stories, business rules, other sources
  • Identify data elements
  • Specify data formats and acceptable values
  • Trace requirements that implement rules

Follow the Flow

  • See how data flow is different from process flow
  • Think broadly about using data
  • Grasp terminology for analyzing data
  • Model high-level views of data entering and leaving a system (context)
  • Break down lower-level views of data within a system (transformation)
  • Accurately maintain requirements

Narrow Scope and Strategy for Change

  • Confirm gaps in current capability
  • Explore risks in possible approaches
  • Consider value of automating certain functions
  • Reinforce underlying competencies

Create User Interface

  • Understand the difference between a process flow and an activity
  • Look at process through the user’s eyes
  • Visualize goals in a system for many users
  • Create a user interface for handling data
  • Document detailed solution requirements

Obtain Approval

Format:

To assimilate the vast amount of information needed to pass the ECBA® exam, there is a mixture of lecture, discussion, exercises, several practice exams and a comprehensive case study in the course.  Be prepared to answer practice tests to simulate the exam, with discussions about why answers were correct or incorrect. Many students find this one of the most helpful parts of the class.  You will also learn methods of recall and retention to help retain critical information needed to pass the ECBA® exam.

You will apply the BA tasks and techniques in a case study provide by us.

Who Should Attend: All who wish to pass the ECBA+ 3.0 certification. Provides 35 CDUs.
Prerequisites:

None.

What You Will Receive:

Our In-Person, Virtual, and Anytime Learning classes all use the same materials:

  • Comprehensive 500+ page ECBA Certification Study Guide loaded with key terms, tips, and techniques to help you prepare for the ECBA® exam.
  • ECBA exam simulation with detailed answer explanations, provides a focused continuing learning experience.
  • Free 90-day subscription to Watermark online ECBA® study exam simulator (with over 1100 randomized questions and detailed answer explanations).
  • In-class exams with realistic practice questions and answer explanations.
  • Class discussions that dissect practice questions to learn how to analyze and answer them.
  • A case study to apply the concepts.
  • Exper Guidance through out the project work.

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