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How to Earn Your CBAP or CCBA in 3 Months: Finish the Application, Prep for the Exam, and Receive Your Business Analyst Certification (Business Analyst Career Guide) by [Brandenburg, Laura]
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  • Publisher: Bridging the Gap (11 April 2014)
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This book tells the story of the author's journey through the CBAP study process, and is a very practical and useful read.

The book is written in a really honest style -- there are times when Laura shares with us the frustration she felt along the way -- and this honesty will resonate with anyone who is studying for CBAP or CCBA. Laura shares pracical tips, tricks and also provides recommendations for study guides and exam simulators which might be useful too.

This practical, concise, hands-on book (written out of personal experience) will be of interest to anyone considering self-studying for CBAP or CCBA. I wish it was available when I was studying for my CBAP/CCBA!
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The author gives her personal journey of why she studied the IIBA's CBAP exam, including why she resisting doing so for years. There are some adverts for specific products, but these are generally well known in the BA industry and clearly stated as opinion with an alternative suggested.

Overall, an interesting, but short book of benefit to students who are confused on why/how to study for these Business Analysis certifications.
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I bought it last week to get an idea of what it takes to gain CBAP. Laura has put down her exp very nicely. Even though I dont have enough exp yet, I do intend sit for this exam. After reading this book now I know what area I need to focus on to get cbap-tisied.
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Well written for easy understanding. Certainly a good place to start to introduce you to the certification. Very insightful for...
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HASH(0x88bbce64) out of 5 stars An Honest Review 13 April 2014
By Ron Werda - Published on Amazon.com
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With Laura Brandenburg’s How to Earn Your CBAP® or CCBA® in 3 Months: My CBAP Journey, we have our first known published diary of a Business Analysis professional preparing for and pursuing certification (Certification of Competency in
Business Analysis (CCBA) and/or Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) ) recognized by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA). Having prepared for and successfully taken the Law School Admission Test myself (the LSAT - an
examination of very similar magnitude and depth), I hasten to suggest that this account would be no less insightful and meaningful if one simply substituted the names of significant professional examinations (whether certification entailed or not), expanding its
relevance to other professions comprised with milestones of recognized achievement. After all, we’re all human.

With her affable nature, humorous quips and light-hearted anecdotes, Laura makes palatable and entertaining an otherwise dry subject matter that commonly evokes reactions ranging from disinterest to dread to dodge (the ‘flight’ in that ‘fight or flight’
psychology).

The reader is alerted early on that the subject matter and significance of certification are being dealt with candidly, agnostically, and with only the best interest of the reader in mind. This pledge is important for the integrity of the composition, genuinely disclaiming any inclination to merely shill for those services that stand to gain from certification exam preparation and registration. The pledge holds up throughout the book, as the reader is met with sincere and oft engaging narrative as well as checkpoints of essential nuances and facts. Throughout, the “journey” is indeed not only personal, but with intervals of engaging feedback sought from whomever willing to offer it (seen via links to Bridging the Gap posts).

Every journey has different paths to the same destination, of which Laura’s is just one, but nonetheless one into which the reader uniquely gains privileged insight. Were it not for her revealing the pages of her diary, one would need to otherwise find and canvass a number of busy Business Analysts willing to share their anecdotes. Laura offers an opportunity to bypass that step in what is still arduous preparation.

Those who have yet to complete any length of this journey, let alone reach the singular destination, can surely find some measure of meaningful inspiration from Laura’s real-world experience, plainly narrated. Each reader also gains from the practical tips and
links that ensue, not the least of which are:

• Study approaches and nuances of thought processes in both self-directed preparation and study groups, strategizing study and examination scheduling, and a cautionary word or two about the dreaded “trick question”;

• Links to practice exams, prep classes, and supplemental preparatory resource material options, including pricing; and

• Insightful comparison of two prominent certification examination simulators.

By taking the introspective route and baring it to the reader, we come to understand and appreciate the almost organic connection between self-sacrifice to prepare and take the examination, to one’s sense of confidence and validation for past work done. Here, we have that extra layer of value that we can all internalize. As Laura put it, “looking back, this confidence has come not so much from the letters or passing the test, but from the process of preparing for the test. By absorbing the BABOK® Guide [(the tomb recording the profession’s Body of Knowledge)], I solidified the value of my own experience and built an internal confidence I didn’t have previously”.

While Laura shares her success and aftermath with modesty, I am convinced that had she not been successful at her first go at it, she would genuinely have shared that twist and how she undoubtedly championed the entire process on the subsequent attempt.

Laura selflessly credits and thanks her mentors and many peers for supporting ‘her journey’ along the way - characteristic of the conspicuous professional-community-mindedness of so many in the profession. When one concludes reading her passage,
one ought to immediate come away with an initial sentiment in reflection – one more to thank - - Really, 'Thank You, Laura!'

- Ron Werda, Business Analysis Professional on own journey to certification
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x88bbcf24) out of 5 stars Spot-on description of getting your CBAP/CCBA 18 April 2014
By Joy Beatty - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Laura did an excellent job with this compilation of stories about her CBAP journey. I remember well when Laura went through the process, reading about her experience because I was doing mine at the same time. I specifically recall thinking that she was spot-on in explaining what it's like to go through this path to certification. And, reading through her ebook now, I can confirm she has described it very well here as well.

This is very well written, enjoyable to read, and certainly a must-read before you decide to start the CBAP/CCBA process or soon after you start!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3b266b4) out of 5 stars Amazing Voyage 21 April 2014
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Was great to read a recap of Laura's voyage on her way to earning her CBAP. I'm at the beginning of this voyage myself so I found the links to the exam simulators and BA Mentor application guide/package very useful. I'm looking forward to reading all the comments on the original postings.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x89ccd96c) out of 5 stars Inspiring Read! 9 May 2014
By Esmé Pretorius - Published on Amazon.com
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Just finished Laura's book about her journey and she has inspired me to just do it too! The CCBA application process has been putting me off the whole thing but after reading this i have new motivation. I love her honest experience about the exam. Gives me hope that I don't need to be perfect but just do my best and prepare as much as possible. I also didn't realise the value of exam simulators. Thank you for the review on the tools that you used Laura. This book has really provided me with much needed direction in the world of iiBA certification.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x88bf7a38) out of 5 stars A must read for those who want to do the CBAP/CCBA certification 13 Jun. 2014
By Disha Trivedi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Laura has once again used her unique ability to guide others in the Business Analysis profession by articulating her experience with the certification process. This book is a compilation of her journey from start to finish, from the days of asking the question “Should I?” to the “BABOK - aha” moment and beyond. As an avid follower of her blog, I distinctly remember the moment when she published her article “I’m Smart, Why Do I Feel so Stupid?”, because her analysis was extremely precise and in-line with what I was experiencing right that moment after having studied and taken some prep exams. I was relieved to learn that I was not the only one who was experiencing the doubt.

This book is for you if you have been thinking about getting certified but would like to know whether you should or shouldn’t (Weeks 1,2,4 and Post Story), or if you are wondering what it feels like to prepare for the exam and take one (Weeks 5, 6, 7 and 9). I would specially like to recommend this book to my fellow Business Analysts who are transitioning into this field and/or just getting started, because this book provides the reader with an invaluable opportunity to learn from Laura’s CBAP journey. It provides seasoned BAs with an opportunity to assess and introspect why it is that they want to be certified. All in all, this would be worth every minute of your time if you are contemplating one of the IIBA certifications.
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