PMI-PBA Pilot Participants Recommend Certification

The Project Management Institute (PMI) recently launched one of their highest certifications – the PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA). Business Analysis is an important aspect of developing a Business Case for a project to determine its feasibility and viability.

The results are in from a participant survey for the PMI Professional in Business Analysis certification pilot program, and 83 percent of respondents indicated that they were likely to recommend the certification to a colleague.

Also, a majority (80 percent) of survey respondents agreed that the exam is a valid measure of the expertise needed to perform in a business analysis role.

The pilot caught the attention of practitioners from around the world—with participants from 38 countries and a variety of professions taking part. 180 of those participants were recently awarded their PMI-PBA certificate.

“Participants in the PMI-PBA pilot reflect the diversity of the profession, in terms of geography as well as industry and role,” says David Bieg, PMI business analysis & requirements program manager. “It was not only business analysts and projects managers who pursued PMI-PBA certification—we saw a variety of disciplines. What became clear is that it’s not the title of the role that matters, it’s the work that counts.”

Pilot participant Venus Patel, PMP, PMI-PBA, a business analyst and project manager in the United States says he decided to participate in the pilot because he felt it would give him an edge over his colleagues and he wanted to be one of the first to receive it.

He says business analysis is essential because it helps to define the scope of projects and programs. “Unless the scope is well and clearly defined, the project team will struggle to define the Work Breakdown Structures and deliverables, and therefore will not be able to determine project time and cost,” says Mr. Patel.

Bennet Lee, PMP, PMI-PBA, a program manager in Singapore, says that he decided to pursue the PMI-PBA because of PMI’s reputation and goals.

“I believe in PMI’s mission to grow in this business analysis space,” says Mr. Lee. “As a business analyst myself in my organization, I believe it will certainly help in my career to be recognized as a PMI-PBA, so I jumped into the pilot program to challenge myself.”

Sachin Mane, CBAP, AINS, PMI-PBA, a business development manager in the United States says he decided to pursue the PMI-PBA because he wanted to broaden his knowledge in requirements analysis and his abilities in this area.

He says that business analysis has a key role in defining a project’s requirements, which helps to achieve its stated objective. “It identifies the roadmap that includes changes to the strategies, structures, policies, processes, and information systems. Business analysis determines the process gaps, inefficiencies and bottlenecks; and enables the documentation of as-is processes and provides the hooks for developing the business case.”

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