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Agile Analysis Certification

The new competency-based IIBA® Agile Analysis (IIBA®-AAC) Certification addresses both necessity and demand for agile and analyst communities to collaborate and transform project delivery.

 

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Getting Started with Agile Analysis Certification

Do you have an Agile Mindset?

IIBA®-AAC certification strengthens your skills and expertise, focusing on applying an agile perspective within a business analysis framework.

As an Agile Analyst, you will learn how agile intersects and interacts with business analysis. This certification is for:

  • BA professionals who work in agile environments
  • Augmenting your business analysis skill set and expertise
  • Staying up-to-date on best practices and industry trends

In the digital economy, success is defined by sensing and responding rapidly to market demands.

The IIBA® Annual Business Analysis Salary Survey reports 71% of BA professionals practice agile approaches, and those certified in agile analysis earn up to 16% more.

 

Start achieving your goals today, register now.

AAC Exam Information

The Agile Analysis certification exam, formulated from the Agile Extension to the BABOK® Guide, consists of 85 multiple choice, scenario-based questions, and must be completed within 2 hours.

It is a live, online-delivered exam that requires a computer, webcam, microphone, and access to the Internet.

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Exam Blueprint, Sample Questions and Self-Assessment

Review our exam blueprint and take our sample questions to check your readiness to write the IIBA®-AAC exam.

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Agile Analysis Handbooks

To complement our Agile Analysis Certification (IIBA-AAC), the IIBA®-AAC Certification and Recertification Handbook is now available. 

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Read the Recertification Handbook

 

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Now Available: Agile Extension to the BABOK® Guide, Interactive Digital Edition

Developed in collaboration with the Agile Alliance, the Agile Extension to the BABOK® Guide provides guidance in leveraging effective agile business analysis to create better business outcomes that add real business and customer value. Describes both the mindset and practices to help you use continuous feedback and quick learning to prioritize delivery, minimize waste, create better business outcomes and increase value delivered. Available as a pdf in the IIBA BOOK STORE or access online. Already a member? Login to access.

IIBA®-AAC Competencies

This certification recognizes the competencies of BA professionals with two to three years’ experience executing analysis-related work in an agile context. Competencies expected and recognized through this specialization are aligned with Agile Extension to the BABOK® Guide, version 2.

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With the urgency to bring improved products and services to market quickly, effective analysis continues to be a challenge. 

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To understand performance expectations for the IIBA-AAC® designation, click on the Exam Blueprint, Sample Questions, Self Assessment and the links for each Knowledge Area:

Agile Analysis Certification Exam Blueprint

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Knowledge Areas

The IIBA®-AAC exam is weighted across four domains and consists of 85 multiple-choice, scenario-based questions to be completed within 2 hours: Exam

  • Agile Mindset – 30%
  • Strategy Horizon – 10%
  • Initiative Horizon – 25%
  • Delivery Horizon – 35%

Agile Analysis Certification Sample Questions

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1. A team discussion focuses on the experience that stakeholders will have while using the proposed solution. It leads to changes in the design of the solution component that the team is currently working on. This team is demonstrating the agile business analysis principle of:

a) Begin with the end in mind 

b) Understand what to do 

c) Think as a customer 

d) Demonstrate customer empathy 

2. The team receives feedback from potential customers of an interim product increment. At a subsequent team meeting, this feedback results in important new stories being defined. Rather than becoming frustrated, the team adds these to the backlog for near-term delivery. This shows the team values:

a) Customer collaboration

b) Responding to change

c) Following a plan

d) Process and tools

3. Rather than completing the work as described on the initial product backlog, a team is meeting regularly to assess and prioritize the work to be done. They also commit to do this throughout the initiative. This is an example of a team that is:

1) Introducing wasted effort that could be avoided

2)Assessing what is doable within the skills of the team

3) Reviewing backlog items for greater clarity

4) Determining what is valuable to be delivered

4. The team working at the strategy horizon needs to communicate complex, extensive and detailed information to key stakeholders. This is information that will help with decision making and influence the outcomes the team produces. Wanting to provide this information so it can be easily understood, the team decides to:

a) Create models to reduce complexity

b) Provide detailed costs for solution components

c) Fully describe each desired outcome

d) Identify resources required for each component

5. While discussing the initiative, the team is reviewing a solution component that was delivered and realizes it doesn’t contribute to the desired outcome. They discuss strategies to determine how best to avoid this in the future. After some discussion, they realize applying the following agile business analysis principle would have helped avoid this situation:

a) Analyze to establish scope

b) Analyze to determine what is valuable

c) Establish product vision and roadmap

d) Customer collaboration over contract negotiations

6. During a project to improve efficiency at a customer service center, the product owner has established that a 15% improvement from the start on each of a specific set of 5 measures is the target for an initiative. After achieving this goal on 3 of 5 measures and finding the others are unchanged, the product owner decides to keep spending time on the effort to achieve the remaining 2 measures. What is the product owner doing?

a) Allocating resources

b) Thinking as a customer

c) Determining if the need is satisfied

d) Maintaining initiative integrity

7. During a retrospective where the delivery team is about to discuss process and components delivered, the facilitator says the following at the start of the meeting: “Remember that during this session we are discussing things that happened and not placing blame on anyone. Everyone did the best they could with the situation at hand.” Why did the facilitator do this?

a) To set expectations and avoid old frustrations

b) To focus the team on root cause analysis

c) To encourage the team to think like a customer

d) To perform a safety check and promote trust

8. The team has been given a large group of user stories in a domain with which they are only slightly familiar. To begin their planning work, they actively discuss each item, and place them into the following categories: “Large, Medium, and Small” based on work effort. What technique did the team demonstrate?

a) Relative estimation

b) Story valuation

c) Silent sizing

d) Prioritized backlog

9. The newly formed delivery team is struggling with how to best maintain the product backlog. Specifically, they are discussing how to ensure a smooth flow of work for the team so as little time is wasted during an iteration. After some discussion, they decide to adopt the following two criteria:

a) Ensure all stories have cost estimates and plans for achieving the desired value delivery

b) Ensure backlog items are prioritized and there are enough items to support near term solution development

c) Ensure constraints for each story have workarounds and management support for these workarounds

d) Ensure backlog items are detailed and resource needs for each item are identified upfront

Answers

Answers: 1-c, 2-b, 3-d, 4-a, 5-b, 6-c, 7-d, 8-a, 9-b

Agile Analysis Certification Self-Assessment

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Your answers to the following questions should help you determine if you are ready to earn the IIBA®-AAC.
  1. I have developed an agile mindset and able to apply this consistently and as required?

  2. I have applied an agile mindset on my work for at least 2 years?

  3. I can apply my agile mindset to the typical Strategy Horizon work described and my understanding is well-aligned with the concepts, principles and practices described in the Agile Extension, including:
    • Scope of analysis?
    • Level of detail?
    • Reducing complexity to support decision making?
  4. I can apply my agile mindset to the typical Initiative Horizon work described and my understanding is well-aligned with the concepts, principles and practices described in the Agile Extension, including:
    • Size of items?
    • Identify solution options?
    • Recommend solution options?
    • Identify solution components?
    • Prioritize solution components?
    • Determine if need is satisfied?
    • Ongoing assessment of the viability of the solution?
  5. I have completed analysis activities in an agile context aligned with typical Delivery Horizon work described and aligned with those described in the Agile Extension, including:
    • Ensuring user stories are ready for implementation?
    • Maintaining the backlog?
    • Supporting successful delivery?
    • Ensuring learning happens in the agile context?
    • Maintaining focus on the product vision, customer and value?
    • I was able to comfortably answer the sample questions listed in above?