My journey to becoming a CBAP in Nigeria – 1

My journey to becoming a CBAP in Nigeria – 1

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In the earlier parts of March this year, I was able to achieve one of my many goals this year which was to attain the Certified Business Analysis Professional(CBAP) certification offered by the International Institute of Business Analysis(IIBA). In my preparations and research before taking the exam, I noticed a dearth of relevant and up to date study guides that could guide my study and facilitate the achievement of the ultimate goal, Therefore, I chose to write this article to fill that gap and share my experience with those looking to take the exam soon. I will try my best to detail what worked for me and enhanced my preparation.

I remain grateful for God’s directions and the help of the helpful professionals who dropped gems in different places. What I will attempt to do in each part of this write-up article is to converge all those and how I applied them, hopefully, this will help you in your preparations also.

I started this journey on the suggestion of a senior colleague (shout out to Omodolapo Dosunmu), who I held some discussions with about relevant certification exams which might be beneficial to my experience and career as a whole. On further research of the body of knowledge published by IIBA, I realized that as the body of much expounds on all business analysis-related activities, it remained ever so slightly skewed towards the software development environment. This is something you might want to consider looking into in taking this exam

Before I go too far, I would like to highlight who IIBA and the BABOK consider to be a business analyst.

A business analyst is any person who performs business analysis tasks described in the BABOK® Guide, no matter their job title or organizational role.

Business analysts are responsible for discovering, synthesizing, and analyzing information from a variety of sources within an enterprise, including tools, processes, documentation, and stakeholders. The business analyst is responsible for eliciting the actual needs of stakeholders—which frequently involves investigating and clarifying their expressed desires—in order to determine underlying issues and causes.

That said, this rest of this post is primarily for those interested in taking the Certified Business Analysis Professional exam and have completed the application phase, I would probably go to town on what exactly Business Analysis is in another post if there are enough persons seeking clarifications on that.

What would you like me to expound on?

Straight to it then?

What was my reading strategy, what were the helpful materials and what time was required in tackling this exam?

My initial strategy was to read the BABOK v3 about 2 times back to back which along with my background as a management consultant and testing should have been enough in passing the CBAP exam, however, this didn’t eventually work out as I thought it up in my head due to a combination of work commitments, and various life distractions. I had so much start and stop periods of reading within about 4 months but I only went 3 chapters in and kept forgetting the details of what I learned.

Not considering this and my overall readiness, I started testing my knowledge and set the exam for about 1 month and a few days to that time.  One major challenge I had in preparation was the availability of tests which would help me ascertain if I was ready

I scoured the internet for freely available tests and question dumps but later settled with for the paid Watermark CBAP course. After a few tests on the platform, I came to the conclusion that I wasn’t particularly ready for the CBAP exam, at least if it was anything similar to what I experienced in those tests.

This was a risk. I had to develop a mitigation plan. Remember at this point, I was about 1 month and half away from the exam date.

Realizing I couldn’t read the BABOK 3 times over as a lot of people I encountered in my online research continually suggested as the best practice and given the fact that I didn’t want to extend the testing date, I chose to use a combination of my work experience, quick-study, and adaptive testing.

I’d try to explain how. If this was helpful or if you have any questions, kindly let me know in the comment section below

Please head on to the second section of this post here

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