Bluegrass IIBA Chapter conducted its fifth annual induction ceremony for the Bluegrass Business Analysis Hall of Fame on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. In this ceremony two new members were in ducted into the Hall of Fame. Congratulations to Tomette Kirk and Bill Powers on this honorable award.
Tomette Kirk, CBAP was inducted into the Hall of Fame for Service to an Organization in the Bluegrass. She is a Business Analysis Manager at Humana. She is the architect, organizer and Lead Instructor of Humana’s Business Analysis Competency Center. She has delivered educational opportunities to Humana associates for many years. In fact, in accepting the award Tomette mentioned she had delivered a process analysis workshop that morning.
Bill Powers, CBAP was also inducted into the Hall of Fame for Service to an Organization in the Bluegrass. Bill is a Business Analyst in the Enterprise Business Consulting Group at Republic Bank and Trust in Louisville, KY. He constantly reaches out to the other business units within Republic Bank & Trust to inform those business analysts of educational and training opportunities available to them. He has gotten Managers and Directors within his business unit involved in events of Kentuckiana IIBA Branch. Bill still reaches out to former colleagues at Kindred Healthcare, ADP and Humana to keep them informed of opportunities for them to advance their own careers.
The Bluegrass Business Analysis Hall of Fame recognizes those that have made a significant individual contribution to the business analysis profession within the Bluegrass State of Kentucky. Nominations are accepted from the Bluegrass Business Analysis community, and the induction ceremony is held in conjunction with the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter Annual General Meeting in May.
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IIBA® Certification Screen-side Chat Follow-up
On Friday, May 8, 2020, Bluegrass IIBA Chapter hosted their IIBA® Certification Screen-side Chat webinar, in which four chapter members from Vermont presented their journey to become IIBA certified and tips concerning the certification process. You may watch the webinar recording and see the presentation slides here:
Webinar Recording Presentation Slide deck
We had several questions from the audience that we didn't get to during the webinar. You can find your answers here:
Q: What if your direct supervisor who knows your work and they already moved to different companies?
A1: If you are still in touch with them, reach out and ask if they're comfortable. Same with applying for jobs, if they can and will vouch, it doesn't matter where you or they work now.
A2: When applying for IIBA certification you will need to enter an email address or phone number for each of those contacts so as long as you have that information for them you can use them.
Q: Hi, can I use the program coordinator from a program I just completed at school for reference?
A: Yes. They directed your work on the program, you may use them.
Q: So work experience has to be separated into the knowledge areas?
A1: Yes it does need to be separated into the KAs.
A2: Start with just getting your hours, then break the hours out across the KAs, I found it overwhelming to do both at the same time.
Q: Hi, there are a lot of CBAP prep Udemy courses claiming they give 35 PD's e.g. https://www.udemy.com/course/certified-business-analysis-professional-cbap-exam-prep/ I have not been able to confirm this by looking at the IIBA accredited educators - can anyone please advise me?
A: We can’t speak to each Udemy course, but look at the IIBA requirements for Professional Development (PD) Hours. If the course meets all those requirements, then it will qualify, for CBAP and CCBA the course must:
The requirements for PD Hours for the ECBA certification are more relaxed than the above.
Q: For re-cert what does Bluegrass have that can land me the most CDU's?
A: The Bluegrass IIBA BABOK Study Group offers 35 CDUs if you attend all sessions, including taking the practice tests. Our next session begins June 2, 2020: https://bluegrass.iiba.org/event-3676735
Our Agile Analysis Study Group offers 12.5 CDUs. Our next session begins September 29, 2020: https://bluegrass.iiba.org/event-3830738
All our chapter meetings are good for 1.5 CDUs: https://bluegrass.iiba.org/Events
And you may claim 1.0 CDUs for attending this webinar.
Q: Is it a good idea to first attempt CCBA instead to directly going CBAP?
A: There is no requirement to take the CCBA before the CBAP. Each has a different requirement for BA work experience. The CCBA requires 3,750 hours of BA work experience in the last 7 years, with at least 900 hours in two Knowledge Areas, or at least 500 hours in four Knowledge Areas. The CBAP requires 7,500 hours of BA work experience, with at least 900 hours in four Knowledge Areas. If you qualify for CBAP, you may apply for that certification. The CBAP exam is harder, more case study questions. If you feel that you are not a good test taker, you may wish to take the CCBA exam first.
Q: Were there a lot of numerical questions? Does the exam provide an online calculator?
A: There are not a lot of questions that will require the use of a calculator, maybe 3 to 6 questions for the whole exam. None of us took the exam online as that is fairly new for the core exams, but we don’t believe you will be allowed to use an online calculator. We assume you will be allowed to use a hand-held calculator (not your cell phone). You most likely will have to show your exam proctor all sides of the calculator to show them you don’t have notes taped to the bottom of the calculator.
Q: Will Bluegrass offer a short 5-6 week session for CDU's?
A: Our Agile Analysis Study Group offers 12.5 CDUs. Our next session begins September 29, 2020. This is a virtual study group open to everyone internationally: https://bluegrass.iiba.org/event-3830738
Q: I have applied for the CCBA; but don't plan to write for a few months. Any tips for keeping up my knowledge prior to my intense exam prep phase?
A: You could attend a webinar on a BA topic every so often. You may open the BABOK or Agile Extension to the BABOK and read a technique and think about that technique and how you could apply it to your particular situation at work.
Q: Somebody told me CBAP has mostly scenario-based question is it true?
A1: There are small scenarios of a paragraph 50% and longer ones that go up to 2-3 pages 15%.
A2: Let’s clarify terminology, scenario-based questions put a BA in a scenario and asks how the BA should handle that scenario. The scenario may be short enough to be the question itself, or slightly longer (about ½ page text) and will be a pop-up window within the question. I would say the CBAP exam is at least 75% scenario-based, and CCBA is 80-100% scenario-based. Case Study questions take 1 to 3 pages to describe the scenario and the next two to five questions will be based on that case study. These case studies may have multiple diagrams in them, which is why some of them may take 3 pages. The CBAP is maybe 10-20% case study-based, and there are no case study questions on the CCBA.
Q: I already paid CCBA application fee but not completed my application can I change it now to CBAP?
A: I would email Certification@iiba.org and ask them.
Q: Did you feel like you needed the full 3 1/2 hours to complete the test, or is this more time than is reasonably needed?
A: It is not required that you take the full 3 1/2 hours to complete the exam. The panelists described different experiences from taking 2 hours to finishing with 10 to 20 minutes left to go. Please remember that there are no points for finishing early. Take the entire time if you feel you need it. Make sure you have an answer on every question; if it is not answered it is wrong. If you answer it (when you don’t know the answer) you have a 25% chance of getting it right.
Q: CBAP required hours in 4 knowledge areas but it didn’t say anything about techniques, what about a non-IT person to coup with IT related techniques: state modelling, sequence diagram, data modelling etc.
A: Read the technique in the BABOK and attempt to understand it. You can google those models to see examples of what the diagram looks like. Find an IT person, perhaps in your organization, and ask them how they use the technique and if they have examples of the models they have used.
Q: How soon after I take the ECBA exam can i sit for the CBAP? I am new to the profession and I want to start with ECBA. Must I have work experience or can learning hours stand in for on the job experience?
A: Work experience cannot be used as Professional Development (PD) hours. PD Hours is training in the profession, and must be a formal, classroom or virtual, training course. The ECBA does not require work experience, but requires 21 PD hours, and a lot more activities qualify for PD hours for ECBA than CCBA or CBAP. After obtaining the ECBA or CCBA, you may sit for the CBAP exam as soon as you qualify for it. If you with to get the ECBA, CCBA and CBAP on successive days, or the same day, you can do that as long as you have the work experience and PD Hours to qualify for each. You may re-use work experience and PD Hours to qualify for each certification.
Q: When you mentioned, CCBA is multiple-choice questions, what does CBAP looks like? Is it not multiple-choice questions?
A1: CBAP is multiple choice questions too. But many of the questions are scenario-based and case study-based, where you read the scenario and then answer multiple questions about it.
A2: All IIBA certification exams are multiple-choice questions with four answer options for each question. No fill in the blanks, no match item to its definition, strictly multiple-choice questions. The difference between the exams are focus and competency level. The specialized certifications, such as Agile Analysis, Data Analytics and Cybersecurity Analysis, focus on those contexts. The core certifications focus on business analysis in general. The ECBA tests people that are new to the profession and therefore don’t have in-depth knowledge of the techniques and competencies of doing business analysis. The CBAP tests people on broad and in-depth knowledge of the techniques and competencies of doing business analysis.
Q: What would be considered as qualified past experience that would count to your CBAP certification?
A: If it is a task or technique in the BABOK that is business analysis work and qualifies as work experience to count toward IIBA core certification. You can go back 10 years to get 7,500 hours of BA experience for CBAP, and you can go back 7 years in the past to get 3,750 hours of BA experience for the CCBA.
Q: Is there a possibility that your title is BA, but you were not actually doing BA work? I always doubt myself in this way although I am BA for 8 years now. Because I was not formally trained for this job and I don't know if I am qualified?
IIBA® is currently offering, for a limited time, a 15% discount on all their specialized business analysis certifications. This includes the:
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See: [IIBA Specialized Certifications]
On April 24, 2020, chapter membership has reached 100 for the first time in chapter history. That does not include the seven (7) Annual Passes and two (2) College Annual Passes the chapter has active. Annual Pass is not membership in the chapter, but shows a closer tie to the chapter.
We began the year with 82 members and received our 101st member on April 27th during a Chapter Excellence webinar in which Bill Powers and Bronson Zell presented the reasons that Bluegrass IIBA Chapter won the Delivering Membership Value Award during the November 2019 IIBA Chapter Awards Ceremony. Congratulations to the Bluegrass business analysis community and welcome all new members!
Come hear two of our own talk about how Bluegrass IIBA Chapter operates at a level of excellence year after year!
IIBA is kicking off their Chapter Excellence Webinar Series highlighting some of our world-class chapters and how they maintain operational excellence! First up is Bill Powers, Vice President of Marketing and Communication, and Bronson Zell, Director of Kentuckiana Branch for Bluegrass IIBA Chapter.
Bluegrass Chapter won the Delivering Membership Value Award at the 2019 IIBA Chapter Awards. Bluegrass Chapter has won a chapter award in each of the last four years, as shown by the award pennants in this announcement.
Bill and Bronson will be presenting Bluegrass Chapter's perspective at 12:00 p.m. (noon) EDT on Monday, April 27, 2020. Come hear what they have to say about what Bluegrass IIBA Chapter has been up to and their plans for the future.
Register for the webinar HERE
IIBA announced that they have increased the size of the online digital library to more than 11,000 professional development and business analysis books. They have also added more than 2,000 audio books, and summaries and journals that have not been part of the online library before.
The Online Digital Library is a member benefit from IIBA. IIBA members get free online access to over 11,000 books and more. The size of the digital library was increased from only a few hundred books, so this greatly increases this membership benefit.
If interested, check out membership at IIBA (https://iiba.org) and Bluegrass IIBA Chapter (https://bluegrass.iiba.org).
Limited time offer from IIBA®, Take 15% OFF application fees for our core IIBA certifications:
when you pay by April 30, 2020: https://bit.ly/3aEtCwa
This is a community discussion forum on how the current widespread health pandemic has affected your life. Most of us are getting through the second week of working from home, but it has had even more drastic impact on some of us and others in our community. Please keep those who have lost their jobs or contracted the virus in your prayers and thoughts. Remember to do kind things for others in our community to help them cope. Remember to reach out to extended family to check on them and see what they may need, especially the elderly.
Put your comments below to tell us what impact the pandemic has had on your and your family’s life? How are you coping? What measures has your company taken to keep you safe and healthy? Do you know a store that still has toilet paper on the shelves? What tips do you have to help your community colleagues cope with the new normal of our lives, at least for the time being?
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The coronavirus outbreak certainly has interrupted our lives both here in Kentucky and internationally. These are truly unprecedented and uncertain times, because we have never faced something so widespread and disruptive before. Never in our lifetimes have so many companies sent their workforce home to work from home or taken other actions; and never before has so many countries had state of emergencies to deal with a widespread health crisis.
Even though these are uncertain times, do remember that our company and country leaders and health officials are taking these actions to protect our health and well-being. We must do our part by staying informed with accurate information, don’t pass on miss-information concerning the current situation, and remain calm during this uncertain time. Most of us will not contract the coronavirus, and those that do will survive it. I am confident that a vaccine is on the near horizon.
Bluegrass IIBA Chapter is doing our part to keep our community together, virtually since we can’t physically, as we progress through this time. We held our chapter meeting yesterday completely remote. Notice went out quickly, the event listing was updated with a notice that we were going completely virtual, and the remote attendee link went out to everyone who wanted to attend. About 85% of the people who registered to attend the meeting did attend. It was a great presentation on data analysis by Deena Chadwick, the CommonSensical BA.
We have added an Agile Analysis Virtual Meet-up on Friday, March 27th, at noon EDT to the calendar as an opportunity to talk about a topic that many of us wish to learn more about. We will also be bringing back our Online BA Gaming event next week to give us opportunity to have fun during this time. Please keep watch on the website for that event listing.
Our April meeting will likely be held completely virtual as well, and our plans for a community event at Breakout Games has been postponed to the fall.
We wish you all great health and calmness during this trying time. If Bluegrass IIBA Chapter can be of more service to you, please reach out to me and let me know.
Bluegrass IIBA Chapter welcomes new chapter sponsorship from Business Analysis Knowledge Academy. “We’re excited to see the commitment to the business analysis community and professional education that the products and training of Business Analysis Knowledge Academy shows” says LeShai Phelps, Vice President of Sponsorship for Bluegrass IIBA Chapter; “further shown through this support of the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter’s programs and mission.”
“We have two excellent study guides and all the supporting training material to assist students to prepare for IIBA® certifications in both the traditional and agile business analysis roles” says Adrian Fabon, Vice President of Sales for Business Analysis Knowledge Academy. “We wanted to start here in our home state of Kentucky, but we will expand the use of our products and services through IIBA chapters world-wide” he added.
Business Analysis Knowledge Academy began in 2014 by providing business analysis educational workshops through regional IIBA chapters. Upon attending these workshops, a group of business analysis professionals collaborated with the owners to expand that educational offering. This eventually led to the writing of an Agile Analysis Certification (IIBA®-AAC) Study Guide and an ECBA™ Certification Study Guide and supporting training material to support the certification study groups of those regional IIBA chapters. This is being expanded today with new courses for business analysis professionals.
“The study guides and training materials of Business Analysis Knowledge Academy are the best on the market for their topics and add great value to our study groups and training offerings” says Aaron Whittenberger, Vice President of Professional Development for Bluegrass IIBA Chapter. “We are extremely happy to see their continued support of the business analysis community and their commitment to business analysis training shown through their sponsorship of our programs.”
Bluegrass IIBA Chapter is championing the advancement of the business analysis profession in the Bluegrass state of Kentucky and beyond. Bringing awareness of best in class educational resources for business analysis professionals supports that mission. Bluegrass IIBA Chapter is dedicated to assisting business analysts advance their careers. This brings awareness of the value that business analysts provide organizations in the Bluegrass state and throughout the world.
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