All About Agile Business Analyst (AgilegBA®) Guidance and Certification



Business analysis skills help an organisation to achieve its business goals by the analysis of the organisation's needs and the alignment of business projects to these needs.

Agile Business Analyst (Agile BA) offers useful, practical and in-depth guidance on the role of the Business Analyst working in an agile way (the Agile Business Analyst). As organizations and individuals embrace and transition to Agile ways of working, the roles of key personnel can evolve significantly, requiring fresh guidance, concepts and techniques. Prior to AgileBA, there was little in the way of detailed guidance directly addressing the role, responsibilities and skills of the Agile Business Analyst.

Agile Business Analyst
History of AgileBA

What is Business Analysis?

The Business Analyst's role is to study the overall business and information needs of an organisation, in order to facilitate solutions to business problems. The may involve:

  • Strategic analysis, modelling strategic themes and drivers.
  • Business capability modelling - modelling what the business does, as opposed to how it does it.
  • Process and value stream (value chain) mapping.
  • Skills and competency mapping.
  • Process re-definition/ re-engineering.
  • Data definition and events identification.
  • Liaison between different business and technical disciplines.
  • Requirements engineering

What is Agile Business Analysis?

Working in an agile project, the Agile BA has a threefold focus:

  • Within the Agile Solution Development Team, supporting and facilitating communication and making visible the effects of value of changes proposed.
  • To the project level roles, supporting Business Sponsor, Business Visionary, Technical coordinator and Project Manager.
  • To the organisation, linking the project to strategic direction of the organisation

Given the evolving models of project and BAU delivery, AgileBA studies the overall business and information needs of an organisation, in order to facilitate solutions to business problems in the agile world of today.

Agile Business Analyst Context
Agile Manifesto

The Agile Manifesto

We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it. Through this work we have come to value:

Individuals and interactions Over processes and tools
Working software Over comprehensive documentation
Customer collaboration Over contract negotiation
Responding to change Over following a plan
AgileBA Handbook

The AgileBA Handbook

  • Agile BA handbook offers useful, practical and comprehensive guidance on the role of the Business Analyst working in an agile way (the Agile Business Analyst).
  • Based on the Agile Business Consortium's Agile Programme Management Framework/ DSDM.
  • Offers a structured and scalable corporate guidance to Agile Business Analysts based on proven practices.

Brings together all elements of requirements lifecycle in an DSDM/ AgilePM context:

  • Philosophy
  • Principles
  • Lifecycle
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Planning
  • Governance
  • Monitoring and Control
  • Quality

A complete guidance for successful Agile Business Analyst.

AgilePM Principles

8 PRINCIPLES of Dynamic System Development Methodology (DSDM)

  1. Focus on Business Needs
  2. Collaborate
  3. Build Incrementally From Firm Foundations
  4. Communicate Continuously and Clearly
  5. Deliver On Time
  6. Never Compromise Quality
  7. Develop Iteratively
  8. Demonstrate Control

The AgilePM (DSDM) Process

  1. Pre-project
    • Ensure only the right projects are started
    • Ensure projects are set up correctly based on clearly defined objective
  2. Feasibility
    • Focus is to establish whether proposed project is likely to be feasible
    • To plan and resource Foundations phase
    • Feasibility effort - just enough to decide whether further investigation is justified or project should be stopped if unlikely to be viable
  3. Foundations
    • Organising work to establish firm Foundations
    • PM establishes which of 6 key Foundations products need to be created or evolved from Feasibility outline set
  4. Evolutionary Development
    • Builds on project firm foundations to evolve the solution
    • PM passes day-to-day management of Timeboxes to SDT
  5. Deployment
    • To bring a baseline of Evolving Solution into operational use
    • PM coordinates day-to-day activities to bring Solution Increment into live operational use
  6. Post Project
AgilePM Process
AgilePM Roles

The AgilePM Roles and Responsibilities

DSDM based AgilePM framework is based on following recommended organisational structure:

  1. Project Level consisting of:
    • Business Sponsor (business oriented role)
    • Business Visionary (business oriented role)
    • Technical Coordinator (technical role)
    • Project Manager (management oriented role)
    • Business Analyst (mix of business and technical orientations) - Equally part of Project level as it is part of SDT level
  2. Solution Development Team (SDT) consisting of:
    • Business Ambassador (business oriented role)
    • Solution Developer (technical role)
    • Solution Tester (technical role)
    • Team Leader (management oriented role)
    • Business Analyst (mix of business and technical orientations) - Equally part of Project level as it is part of SDT level
  3. Supporting roles consisting of:
    • Business Advisor (business oriented role)
    • Technical Advisor (technical role)
    • DSDM Coach (process oriented role)
    • Workshop facilitator (process oriented role)

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Why Agile Business Analyst (AgileBA)?

  1. Offers the most comprehensive guidance on the role of the Business Analyst working in an Agile way. It was developed by the Agile Business Consortium, pioneers in the Agile business space for over 20 years.
  2. Presented within the framework of DSDM, a proven framework for agile project management, so you can be sure you’re benefitting from tried & tested best practice.
  3. Offers vital support during projects. Agile Business Analyst Certification will help to position you as a valuable asset for project teams.
  4. Offers vital support during projects. Agile Business Analyst Certification will help to position you as a valuable asset for project teams.
  5. Is a great addition to an AgilePM® qualification – the concepts and context are shared, but the AgileBA qualification enables you to step into the business analyst role in an Agile project environment.
Why Agile Project Management?
AgileBA Training and Certification

AgileBA Trainings and Certifications

Agile Business Analyst (AgileBA) certification trainings are provided by APMG International's Accredited Training Organizations (ATOs) across the globe. Tecknologia is also an APMG Accredited Training Organization (ATO) offering Agile Business Analyst certification trainings across the globe and in various formats.

Certification Level Course Duration Certificate Valid for
AgileBA Foundation 3 Days Lifetime
AgileBA Practitioner 1 Day1 3 Years
AgileBA Foundation & Practitioner 4 Days As above

Click on the link for certification level to explore the exam details.

In comparison: Agile Business Analyst (AgileBA®) Vs BCS Business Analysis Diploma

  • AgileBA is focused on the work of business analysts within agile environments in particular.
  • BCS Business Analysis Diploma is focused on general business analysis guidance, practices, tools and techniques.
  • AgileBA guidance ensures all important business analysis practices, tools and techniques are covered.
  • The BCS Business Analysis International Diploma exam consists of four modules, each with a 90-minute, scenario-based multiple-choice exam. There is also a written exam that requires candidates to analyse a case study and provide recommendations based on their analysis
  • AgileBA has foundation and practitioner level multiple choice exams to be successfully passed by a candidate.
AgileBA vs BCS Diploma

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Agile Business Analyst (AgilegBA®)

Agile Business Analyst (Agile BA) offers useful, practical and comprehensive guidance on the role of the Business Analyst working in an agile way (the Agile Business Analyst).

Prices vary depending on the mode of delivery, location, deliverables and the quality of training delivery. Typically Agile Business Analyst online training costs between £1400 and £2200.

Following are the pass marks details for Agile Business Analyst exams:

  • AgileBA Foundation: 50% (25 correct answers out of total 50 questions).
  • AgileBA Practitioner: 50% (40 correct answers out of total 80 questions).

Agile Business Analyst (AgileBA) qualifications have helped tens of thousands of professionals globally enhance their skills and achieve their professional ambitions. Professionals holding AgileBA accreditation stand a better chance of being invited for an interview and definitely stand a better chance being offered a role afterwards.

AgileBA can be a very valuable addition to the list of professional Agile and BA qualifications and accreditations which can help achieve professional growth within organisations, without a need to switch jobs/ employers.

Agile Business Analyst (AgileBA) has been, in the past, and is very much relevant today. Agile believes in being nimble and flexible and so does AgileBA which provides certified practitioners an added advantage over the crowd.

Agile Business Analyst (AgileBA) is definitely a good choice for beginners who aim at pursuing a career in business analysis, project management and related disciplines. Having AgileBA qualifications early in the career can play the role of a catalyst when it comes to climbing the professional ladder.

While Agile Business Analyst (AgileBA) certification exams are relatively hard, it is not rocket science and anyone with correct level of attention, training and devotion can definitely achieve success in the exams.

Agile Business Analyst (AgileBA) foundation pass rate (across the market) remains around 90% globally, and practitioner stands at 80%, in first attempt. Tecknologia takes pride in maintaining 100% pass rate so far (May 2024).

It is absolutely possible to achieve AgileBA exam(s) success while relying on self study. However, high quality AgilePgM training can accelerate the process, along with exam success probability, for sure.

Agile Business Analyst (AgileBA) certifications are considered to be professional qualifications only. These qualifications are widely recognised and sought after globally, however, they are not the same as a college or university degree. Some quarters believe that AgileBA practitioner qualification is equivalent to UK NQF 5/6 - Tecknologia has no grounds to confirm this.

There is no negative marking in AgileBA exams. No marks are deducted for a wrong answer.

AgileBA Foundation certifications has no expiry while AgileBA Practitioner certificate has a validity of 5 years from issuance date. Candidate must retake both exams within 5 years to maintain their certifications..

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