PMI-PBA® Exam Preparation course


Business Analysis is the application of knowledge, competencies, tools, and techniques to frame business issues and identify business needs; identify and suggest possible solutions to meet those needs; elicit, document, and manage stakeholder requirements to achieve project objectives; and facilitate project or programme product, service, or result realization.  


The course is aimed at instilling into the participants the knowledge of the various techniques used to assess business, to elicit and analyse requirements, to manage the main stakeholders identified for business analysis, to propose a business solution, to trace, and to monitor. On completion of the course, participants will be able to plan a business analysis, elicit and analyse requirements by using various models, diagrams, and tables, and propose the most practicable solution to be submitted for realisation to the developers or to those members of the project team tasked with realising the scope.  


The course is aimed at all those who wish to obtain the PMI® Professional in Business Analysis Certificate. Furthermore, it can be useful to all those who, in their professional sphere, need to know about and use the methodology, the techniques and the tools pertaining to Business Analysis, because they are involved in performing business analysis in projects or programmes, regardless of whether they are professionally qualified as business analysts. Specifically, project leaders, team leaders, and business analysts who, within a project or a programme, are tasked with the collection, analysis, and documentation of requirements, and the detailed scope definition aimed at defining possible business solutions.  


No minimum prerequisites are required: the course kicks off with the definitions of business analysis and requirements, and proceeds to define the five main areas of Business Analysis: Needs Assessment, Planning, Analysis, Traceability and Monitoring, and Evaluation; and the various models, tools, and techniques to be used in each. The requirements needed to be admitted to take the exam are: attendance of a 35-hour course on Business Analysis topics, a declaration attesting possession of a higher education certificate (degree or diploma), and a minimum number of hours of experience in Business Analysis of projects.  


The course is structured to provide all the technical knowledge needed to manage Business Analysis in projects or programmes. To facilitate learning in adherence with the logics required to pass the exam the structure of the course follows the schematic put forward in the PMI® Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide. The various areas of business analysis are presented together with the related activities and the tools and techniques best suited to each area. Introduction
  • What is business analysis.
  • Which competencies are needed to carry out BA tasks
  • Basic definitions and concepts
Needs Assessment
  • Identifying the issue or opportunity
  • Assessing the organisation’s current state
  • Carrying out actions to deal with business needs
  • Preparing a Business Case
Business Analysis Planning
  • Analysing stakeholders
  • Realizing the business analysis plan
  • Planning work for the business analysis
Requirement Elicitation and Analysis
  • Planning and preparing elicitation
  • Carrying out elicitation activities
  • Documenting outputs
  • Elicitation issues
  • Analysing requirements
  • Models and diagrams to analyse requirements
  • Documenting the solution’s requirements
  • Validating, verifying, and approving requirements
  • Managing requirement conflicts
 Traceability and Monitoring
  • What is traceability
  • Relationships and dependencies between requirements
  • Requirement approval and baseline
  • Requirement monitoring
  • Managing changes to requirements
Solution Evaluation
  • Approach to the solution evaluation
  • Planning the solution evaluation
  • Determining what to evaluate
  • When and how to validate the solution’s results
  • Evaluating acceptance criteria and correcting flaws
  • Facilitating “GO/NO-GO” decision making
  • Obtaining final approval for the solution
  • Evaluating the solution’s long term performance
  • The solution’s phaseout and replacement
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Teaching methods

The proposed methodology involves:
  • Five days (35 hours) of classroom lectures.
  • Classroom exercises to facilitate the absorption of the taught topics.


EXCELLENCE TEACHING All Rome Business School teachers are highly selected and internationally renowned PMP certified trainers who come from a multitude of operational and professional environments. They are therefore able to provide a wealth of up to date experiences and competencies. DEDICATED DESIGN All training activities are tailored upon the specific requirements of the applying organisation and upon the specific type of activity. To this end, a meeting will be held (in person or via web-conference) to define in further detail the final course design. DOCUMENTATION The participant will be issued with a wealth of documentation, including:
  • slides,
  • lecture notes,
  • case studies,
  • articles,
  • useful links.
CERTIFICATE At the end of the course, the official Rome Business School certificate will be awarded. REGISTRATION IN THE ROME BUSINESS SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION Participation in the course entitles to be enrolled in the Rome Business School Alumni Association, the international Rome Business School network through which students can share ideas, experiences and projects and take advantage of exclusive training-cultural opportunities. POST-COURSE ASSISTANCE The Rome Business School’s teachers and experts remain available for students for any further explanation, clarification and assistance beyond course conclusion.

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