September-October 2019 BABOK Study Sessions

2019 September-October BABOK Study Sessions:

Elicitation and Collaboration


Following on our successful April-May BABOK Study Sessions on Requirements Analysis and Design Definition, I’m pleased to announce the next set of study sessions:

When is the class?

The Study Sessions will run

7-9 PM via WebEx
September 10 - October 1, 2019

The Study Sessions will cover Chapter 4 of the BABOK: Elicitation and Collaboration. We’ll also take a deeper dive into many of  the Techniques covered in this chapter.

What is the class about?

We will use the BABOK v3 and the Watermark BABOK Study Guide v3 as a supplement. Additionally, we will focus on real examples from our experience, as well as practical exercises around hypothetical situations. The class will provide templates of many deliverables. 

How much does the class cost?

Cost for the class:

$50 for IIBA Chapter Members (including other chapters)
$75 for non-members
FREE for IIBA Chapter Members with active CCBA or CBAP certifications
(we want to encourage certificate holders to get comfortable with v3, earn CDUs to maintain your cert, AND maybe facilitate an upcoming class)

All fees support the Pittsburgh IIBA Chapter

How is the class administered?

The class will be facilitated live via WebEx. You will need a reliable internet connection to participate. There will not be a phone number to dial in; we’ll use our computer microphones to talk via WebEx. Recordings will not be available, but slide decks will.
Students will need a copy of

Watermark Learning’s CBAP Certification Study Guide, version 3
  It’s important to get version 3 because there are fundamental changes to the content from older versions.


Why are you offering this class?

IIBA Core Certifications

These sessions will tie the information in the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge to real- world case studies and scenarios from our own instructors. Students have found this makes the information in the BABOK richer and more accessible. Our target audience is:

  • senior BAs who want to earn a certification like the CBAP or CCBA
  • anyone who wants to understand business analysis better, regardless of experience

Building on the lessons learned from our 2018 Fall BABOK Study Sessions, we’ll be breaking our sessions into smaller pieces that focus on real examples rather than theory. Our first goal will be to make you a better BA. Our second goal is to help you understand the BABOK in practical terms.

We intend to cover other chapters of the BABOK over the next several months. This is the second set of Study Sessions that will focus on Elication and Collaboration because

  • This Knowledge Area is foundational for the work we do as Business Analysts. The tasks and techniques we’ll cover are ones that Business Analysts from all domains use, whether they have the title Business Analyst, Systems Analyst, or even Project Manager or any other part of the enterprise.
  • ​This Knowledge Area helps BAs take business needs and all aspects of elicitation and stakeholder collaboration to inform the activity plan, confirmed elicitation results, communicated business analysis information pertinent to the initiative, and will shape -- along with business objectives, future state, recommended actions, and risk analysis -- overall stakeholder engagement.

Week Date Time Contact Hours Class
1 Tue, 9/10/2019 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM 2 Intro to the BABOK
Chapter 4: Elicitation and Collaboration - Intro
2 Tue, 9/17/2019 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM 2 4.1 Prepare for Elicitation
4.2 Conduct Elicitation
3 Tue, 9/24/2019 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM 2 4.3 Confirm Elicitation Results
4.4 Communicate Business Analysis Information
4 Tue, 10/1/2019 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM 2 4.5 Manage Stakeholder Collaboration