IIBA Agile Analysis Certification
This is a very interesting discussion topic among professionals.
What's the usefulness of certifications?
Many professionals support and many professionals oppose as well.
Before I go ahead with the topic, I would like to narrate a very interesting real-life story that happened to me and my classmates when we were doing a post-graduation in management.
One of our professors asked us to be formally dressed for a session. One of our classmates had a very interesting question for our professor.
“Sir, when Mr. Russy Mody (who was the chairman of Tata Steel) can wear very colorful clothes, what was the need for junior professionals like us to wear formal clothes?” For those who may not know, Tata Steel is one of the world’s largest steel manufacturer who purchased Corus Steel of UK sometime back. Tata group is the largest and most respected industrial conglomerate in India.
Our learned professor paused for a minute and then he replied, “You can also wear colorful clothes but first be like Russy Mody".
This explains that the same rules don't apply to all. If you are established in the corporate world and you have a past which is used to be proud of then you don't need anything more to prove. However how many offers have reached the stature of Russy Mody?
Back to my topic, I see five types of professionals.
The majority of professionals do not care about certifications. Possible reasons could be
In my humble opinion, the following types of professionals truly do not need any certification.
I have been working in a particular field for more than 24 years. I spend every month close to 200 hours working, studying, and researching business analysis. I still find I probably haven't understood even 50% of what I ought to be knowing.
When I took my CBAP® examination, I studied business analysis body of knowledge more than 10 times, I have learnt a lot of new things which I would have never learnt by just working. No one will get the opportunity to explore aspects that are beyond our current roles and responsibilities.
The true value that I received by going in for certifications are
When I see professionals who haven't done a single professional certification in a decade, I would sincerely doubt their commitment to their own self-development and commitment to their profession.
Let me close my topic with another story another real-life true story. We were asked by my organization to go through six sigma training and project. One of my colleagues asked the director as to why we are going through this additional program when our salaries are going to remain the same after the training. My CEO had a very apt reply saying you are inside the discussion room with the CEO and others are not.
My sincere request to all my professional friends would be not to sacrifice your self-development with the comfort of your job and organization.
Given the turbulent times, organizations will stop loving many of the employees whom they pampered for years. If you have invested in yourself, your organization will see better value with you and possibly keep you on board. In a worse situation, you have a better chance to compete in the cut-throat marketplace.
Now the choice is of course yours.
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LN has 25 years of professional experience. He is the Co-Founder of Adaptive US, the World's #1 IIBA Training Provider. He has authored 20+ books on business analysis.