Critical Terminology for Anyone Involved with Business Analysis

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By Elizabeth Larson, CBAP, PMI-PBA, PMP and Richard Larson, CBAP, PMI-PBA, PMP

How to Talk BA helps practitioners and those learning business analysis to grasp or refresh their understanding of the main BA terminology. It covers terms from references such as the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK® Guide), Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide, and the PMI Standard for Business Analysis.

This reference is perfect for anyone who wants a high-level overview of common business analysis concepts and terms, whether you are new to the industry or have been practicing for years and want to keep current. It is also indispensable for those studying for the ECBA, CCBA, CBAP, and PMI-Professional in Business Analysis (PBA)® exams to grasp the terms used on those exams. It also serves as a reference for those who practice business analysis using the IIBA and/or PMI standards. It will prove valuable for anyone in need of a reference guide to definitions of technical business terms used primarily in business analysis.

It also comes with a free 5-day trial subscription to the ECBA Online Study Exam (provided on the inside cover of the study guide), to help you prepare for your exam. To ensure you pass the ECBA exam the first time, be sure to get this valuable resource.

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Why you need this book:

  • Handy size summary of over 300 critical business analysis terms
  • Great resource for all levels and anyone associated with business analysis
  • Includes references to the BABOK® Guide v3, PMI® BA Practice Guide, and other top BA books
  • Includes examples to clarify and make the terms practical
  • Essential for mastering terms when preparing for the CBAP/CCBA/ECBA or PMI-PBA® exams

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About the Authors

Elizabeth Larson, PMP, CBAP, PMI-PBA, CSM and Richard Larson, PMP, CBAP, PMI-PBA are Co-Principals of Watermark Learning, a globally recognized company providing training and coaching in business analysis, project management, agile, business process management, and influencing skills. For over 25 years, they have used their extensive experience in business analysis, project management, and agile to help thousands of BA and PM practitioners develop new skills. They both were lead authors on the IIBA Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK® Guide), A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), and PMI’s Business Analysis for Practitioners standard. They have co-authored four books on certification, influencing, and requirements topics. They have presented countless workshops, seminars, and training around the world. 

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • BABOK Terminology Reference Summary
  • Bibliography
  • Business Analysis Resources



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