Achieve Business Analysis Certification


pmwj49-Aug2016-Holderman-BOOKBook Title: Achieve Business Analysis Certification
Author: Klaus Nielsen, PMP, PMI-PBA, PMI-ACP, CPRE-FL
Publisher: J. Ross Publishing
List Price:   US $69.95
Format: Softcover
Publication Date:   2016    
ISBN: 13: 978-1-60427-111-9
Reviewer: John Holderman
Review Date: July 1016



This book provides in great detail; strategies, techniques and tools for requirements management. It links the various areas to the PMBOK so project managers without strong requirements gathering skills can increase their understanding and apply these new skills to achieve greater success.

Overview of Book’s Structure

This book is broken down into 6 parts. Part 1 is a general overview, study tips and pretests. Part 2 breaks down the Domains; Needs Assessment, Planning, Analysis, Traceability and Monitoring and Evaluation. Part 3 applies to the Knowledge, Skills, Methodologies and Standards. Part 4 shows how this book aligns with the IIBA CBAP and the IREB CPRE knowledge areas. Part 5 is a practice exam and Part 6 is the Appendices.

Throughout the book Klaus provides diagrams, tables of information and drawings to help the reader connect all the dots. Many of these additions explain relationships between the various types of project methodologies. Many of these are examples of tools and others give insight to cultural dynamics.


In Part I, there are three pretests that give you a great perspective of where you stand, knowledge wise, before you get in to the book. The book then takes you through a great learning process where each chapter builds upon the last.

In Part II, the author breaks down each of the five domains with an introduction, a business or value connection, an action and a validation phase. He relates the PMI-PBA practices directly to the PMBOK and Agile practices. Each chapter has a posttest with an answer key for you to assess what you’ve learned. Part III provides insight to the application of the knowledge learned in Part II and adds to it.

Part III also provides a great section on Ethics and Standards of Conduct. Part IV discusses the BA from the IIBA and IREB perspectives and how they align to the material learned in the previous chapters.


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About the Reviewer

John Holderman

Texas, USA



John Holderman
has worked in project management since 1997 with his most recent work in program management controls and reporting. John has managed the global implementation of UNIX server farms used in telecommunications and large, complex telephone switching systems. As a member of a new product introduction team he guided deployment team readiness and worked closely with engineering teams to ensure the product and customers were ready.

John has supported many global communications system deployments, has been an integral part of two electro-mechanical to digital telephone system conversions, authored policy documents, installation and commisioning manuals and has created many of his own tools used to manage projects. John’s technical background, along with his international project management experience, gives him a unique ability to very effectively manage highly complex technical projects.

John can be contacted at [email protected]


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