Reflections on my ECBA Journey

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 3:30 AM | Professional Development IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)

My name is Mehdi, I have a Master’s degree in Auditing and Controlling from a Business School in Morocco. Once I finished my studies, I wanted to follow a career that combines two of the things that I love the most which are Business and IT, so I decided to join a consulting firm as an IT Functional consultant.

Working as an IT consultant gave me the opportunity to work closely with clients and decision makers in order to improve their processes through digital transformation.

One of the very first difficulties that I noticed once I started working on IT projects was the difficulty of gathering requirements from the business which lead in many cases to the implementation of solutions that were not responding to the actual need of the business.

However, in my second project where I was acting as an implementation consultant of an SAP Solution, I was surprised that the business was inexistent in most of the technical workshops that we were having and instead I was dealing with a couple of people who had the title of “Business Analyst”. Their role basically was acting as the middleman between us “IT” and the “Business” and I immediately noticed that the quality of the deliverables in the project was significantly better than in my first project. 

As a result of that, two question were particularly looming in my mind; What are these business analysts actually doing? how do they contribute to keeping the project on the right track?

After searching on the internet, I landed on the IIBA® website and found the Bible of business analysis “the BABOK® Guide”, a globally recognized standard for the practice of business analysis. In other words, it is the book that explains the science behind the magic!

I realized at that moment that it was a necessity for me to know all about the BABOK and gain a certification that is recognized worldwide. I chose Bluegrass IIBA study group offering because of the price that was reasonable and because of the quality of instructors who have many years of experience in Business Analysis under their belt.

My Learning journey was not an easy one because I was working long hours due to the complexity of the projects I was working on and joining the study sessions each week at 11:00 PM because of the time zone difference. However, I have to admit that the enthusiasm and the way how Eric Neil – Director of Certification, Aaron Whittenberger – Vice President of Professional Development and Kathy Leigh – Chapter President explained the BABOK concepts, made the 2-and-half hour study session seem like an hour. In fact, once the session ended, I was eager and looking forward to the next week session in order to learn even more from them.

After completing the study group on the 26th of August 2020, I felt well prepared and ready to take my ECBA™ exam, therefore I scheduled my online proctored exam for the 21st of September 2020 and have succeeded on my first attempt.

Last but not least I am now a member of IIBA and the Bluegrass Chapter and will try to continue participating in the Bluegrass Chapter events, because it is thanks to Bluegrass that I had the opportunity to get to know the BA community and also learned everything that I know now about the Business Analysis profession.


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