I have the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from PMI, the certification that most Project Managers have in the United States if they want to stay competitive. We were interviewing for another Project Manager at work, and we were hoping to find someone with PM experience as well as Business Analyst (BA) experience. It was surprising to me how difficult that was to find in one person. It made me pause and think that it might be smart for me to get another certification and become that one person.
I’ve been doing BA work for the last decade, though I’m the first to admit that the work I’ve been doing hasn’t been very structured, standardized, or sanctioned by the BA powers that be at IIBA.org. I’ve gathered hundreds of requirements and validated hundreds of acceptance criteria, even when I was a Web Developer. I’ve made do with the skill set I had, but it’s time to get some more powerful tools under my belt.
There are a couple different directions I could take, I found. IIBA offers certifications for people who are BAs already, and you need that work experience to get the certification. I doubt I’ll ever be a BA, officially, so that seemed like killing a fly with a sledgehammer. PMI started offering the PMI-PBA certification recently, and it was right up my alley. It’s for PMs who do BA work at times or work with BAs, to be more well rounded. Perfect!
I already had work and higher education experience that qualified me for the exam, but I needed to take some official BA courses. I just wrapped up another BA course and submitted my application to take the PMI-PBA exam. I’m looking forward to learning the entire body of knowledge (BABOK) and gaining the official tools to better do that part of my job. Good stuff.