Everything you Need to Pass the PMI-PBA® Exam the First Time!

PMI-PBA Study Guide
Second Edition

Elizabeth Larson, Andrea Brockmeier, and Richard Larson have written the definitive PMI-PBA Certification Study Guide. The PMI-PBA Certification Study Guide provides one reference to help you pass the PBA exam on your first try. Our Study Guide is completely aligned with the 2018 exam blueprint so you can be assured that you are learning the concepts, terms, and practices in the five domains of business analysis in depth and at the level needed. This guide provides the structure and explanation you need to comprehend and absorb that knowledge.

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Why you need this study guide:

It provides:

  • The steps you need to take and a roadmap for putting you on the path to PMI-PBA certification success.Online Study Trial Offer
  • A proven, structured, and approachable resource used successfully by hundreds of PBAs around the world to comprehend and absorb the vast amount of information needed to pass the PMI-PBA® exam.
  • Highlights from the critical source documents you need to be aware of for the exam.
  • Practice questions for every section and a PMI-PBA exam simulation and answer key to sharpen your test-taking skills and prepare you for exam questions.
  • Hundreds of tips, tools, and techniques for structuring, mastering, and retaining information to help you streamline your study time and pass the test.
  • Numerous diagrams, figures, and tables to help you focus on the important points to study.
  • A glossary of terms to help you develop fluency in the terms you can expect to see in the exam. (A useful resource even after you pass the exam!)
  • Easy-to-read format that helps you stay focused and pass the test!


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About the Authors:

Richard Larson, PMI-PBA, CBAP, PMP and Elizabeth Larson, PMI-PBA, CBAP, PMP, CSM 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:

Chapter 1. PMI-PBA Foundations

Chapter 2. Needs Assessment

Chapter 3. Planning

Chapter 4. Analysis

Chapter 5. Traceability and Monitoring

Chapter 6. Evaluation

Chapter 7. Competencies

Chapter 8. Final Tips

Appendix A: PMI-PBA Glossary

Appendix B: PMI-PBA Exam


Errata for the PMI-PBA Certification Study Guide - Through version v2.1.

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