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BABOK

 
#1 BABOK
25/04/2009 12:07

Gunslinger

Many consulting positions are around analysis (at least those at the junior ranks).

What are your thoughts on BABOK ( BA Body of Knowledge)? Is it worth getting certified in? I believe it is somewhat like what PMBOK is to the PM profession...perhaps not mandatory, but useful to have. I also think that with the current economic shakeup ( and a lot of BA's were affected), having a standarized BA certificaqtion such as BABOK may show prospective employers that you meet quality standards.

What are your thoughts...is it worth getting?

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#2 RE: BABOK
25/04/2009 15:52

Anon to Gunslinger (#1)

It might be suitable if you are aiming for a career that will let you transition between business analyst roles in IT consulting and those in industry (IT departments), if you have not established your career yet, and you do not want to commit to IT consulting vs. industry. There are a couple of caveats there, so let me explain.

Career stage: work experience in business analysis and project management counts for a lot more than any certification. Once you have established your ability to do the job (with a similar organisation, industry, technology solution, etc.) then certification does not add anything to your resume.

IT consulting vs. industry career: BABOK would not be appropriate if you intend to stay in IT consulting for some years as the firm will have its own preferred "qualification" process, which may be certification-based or on-the-job. Either way, they will want to train you in their methodologies (so external certifications can even count against you) and they will pay for their preferred training (so external certification can be a waste of money).

There are two other assumptions that I've made which may caveats if you've not already made them too.

Location: check that the certification has a strong reputation in your desired location; I presume you're in the U.S. where IIBA markets BABOK. In the UK and mainland Europe, I would doubt any hiring manager will recognise the certification and certainly none will be actively interested in it.

Profession: I know this forum is shared between IT and management consultants; this certification is only going to be relevant to the IT profession. "Business Analyst" is a different role in management consulting, requiring some similar but many different skills and abilities.

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