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A Team Status: PMI's Guide to Business Analysis (Includes The Standard for Business Analysis

By Laura Paton

Believe it or not, it’s been over 8 weeks since we updated this blog! We apologize for the gap in our communication, but the team has been busy on our final phase of development work. The public review process was amazing. We received a ton of comments, and like the SME review process, the feedback was insightful, engaging, and very supportive.

The development team reviewed each comment and compared and contrasted the opposing viewpoints. We researched, analyzed, collaborated, and made final changes to the draft. One thing is for sure—PMI’s business analysis standard and guide is a true end-product achieved through the collective experience of business analysis professionals from around the world.

The PMI Guide to Business Analysis (Includes The Standard for Business Analysis) is undergoing final editing and later this summer will be heading for layout and publication. You will find the development team reaching out to PMI chapters and engaging in a number of venues to promote the soon to be launch of this “game changing” business analysis standard.

In case you missed our prior blogs where we highlighted the value proposition or if you saw them but have forgotten what makes this newest PMI standard so special, here are the top five value propositions that I enjoy sharing:

  • Provides a thorough exploration and description of business analysis that is applicable and usable for individuals and organizations regardless of the project life cycle in use.

Let’s face it—many teams are moving from predictive delivery models and are faced with understanding what business analysis looks like in an adaptive life cycle. Whether your team is using waterfall, agile or any delivery framework in between, this guide explains business analysis using language that supports your work.

  • Makes full use of the extensive PMI research conducted when developing PMI’s professional certification in business analysis (PMI-PBA®) and leveraged when developing PMI’s Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide. The end result is a standard based on common practices and community input, and one that is thoroughly aligned to other PMI business analysis products.
  • Utilizes a similar design as A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), which provides an opportunity to draw relationships and comparisons between project management processes and business analysis processes. A great way to explain how business analysis relates to project management!
  • Leverages the beloved Collaboration Points that were first showcased in PMI’s Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide. Collaboration points are concise snippets of advice focused on bringing awareness to various opportunities that business analysis professionals can leverage to work with other product roles and stakeholders for improved performance and success.
  • A robust glossary of over 500 business analysis terms and definitions that provide foundational context to understand the business analysis language, regardless of the delivery method used within your organization.

Our team is excited that the product launch is fast approaching (Q4). Keep following us for highlights and news. Lastly, thanks to everyone in the community who has contributed and made PMI’s full consensus based standard in business analysis possible.

Posted by Laura Paton on: July 11, 2017 02:44 PM | Permalink

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Timely question Leandro! I am just finishing up my next blog entry to discuss the relationship between the new PMI business analysis standard and the PBA. I won't keep you in suspense, so the short of it is that yes exam questions have already started to be refreshed, and will continue to be at future exam question writing sessions, and incorporated into the question bank once the standard is released. The new standard will be listed as an additional resource to prepare for the exam BUT keep in mind the PBA is not based on a single source. The PBA is an experienced based exam so the resource materials are used to fill in your gaps in knowledge. Best to refer to the PBA handbook or PMI's certification department for specific guidance. Do look for my next blog coming soon, which explains the value the new standard will have on the PBA exam.

Laura, thank you for the clarification. Regards.

Thanks for sharing!

Looking forward to see a wonderful BA standard (BABOK).

Can anyone tell me when is the release of the new Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide planned? I see that it was planned for Q4 and we are almost towards the end of it.

Hi Madhavi...Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide published in 2015. As a PMI member you can download it today and it can be purchased from the PMI bookstore. The newest standard The PMI Guide to Business Analysis (Includes the Standard for Business Analysis) is also now available for PMI members to download. It released 2 weeks ago. Hard copies will begin mailing the last week of December for any pre-orders. Check out the PMI Bookstore for additional information. This latest standard contains both an ANSI-accredited foundational standard and body of knowledge in the same publication - so very valuable!

Thanks Laura. As a PMI member, I could only see the 2015 version and hence the question from me. I was indeed searching for the newest one. I shall check again and get back.

To make it easier, here is the link. You're gonna love it!
https://www.pmi.org/pmbok-guide-standards/foundational/business-analysis

I cannot find the download link, can find only pre-order option.

Ok found it finally but it was not easy :) Thanks!

Thanks for sharing

Thanks for sharing

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