The Business Analyst Exam: Quiz!

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The Business Analyst Exam: Quiz!

Do you understand what it takes to be a business analyst? Could you pass this quiz? A business analyst is an individual who evaluates an organization or place of business and records its processes, or systems, reviewing the business model and its merging with technology. Business analysts help businesses by improving the way they conduct themselves. If you want to test your abilities as a potential business analyst, this is the quiz for you.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The outputs from Manage Business Analysis Performance includes:
    • A. 

      Business analysis process assets and business analysis performance assessment

    • B. 

      Recommendation for improved business analysis performance and a change to the requirements baseline

    • C. 

      Recommendation for improved business architecture and a change to the requirements support control process.

    • D. 

      Performance reporting and root cause analysis

  • 2. 
    To ensure that solutions meet business needs and to facilitate their successful implementation, a BA needs which of the following:
    • A. 

      Requirements, solution, solution performance metrics

    • B. 

      Solution scope, stakeholder concerns, business analysis performance metrics

    • C. 

      Enterprise architecture, assumptions and constraints, and interview results.

    • D. 

      Solution options, business case, stakeholder concerns

  • 3. 
    Two Requirements Elicitation techniques for effectively delivering requirements quickly are:                
    • A. 

      Interviews and Reverse Engineering.

    • B. 

      Requirements workshop and prototyping

    • C. 

      Interface analysis and focus group.

    • D. 

      Interviews and prototyping

  • 4. 
    The business analyst has completed the identification and definition of why a change to a system is required. The business analyst has also identified new capabilities required by the enterprise to achieve the business need. What is the business analyst's next step?
    • A. 

      Determine architectural gaps.

    • B. 

      Determine the organizational impacts.

    • C. 

      Determine the business process gaps.

    • D. 

      Determine the solution approach.

  • 5. 
    Which of the following best describes the characteristics of requirements quality?
    • A. 

      Modifiable, testable, correct, feasible, complete, cohesive.

    • B. 

      Unambiguous, verified, standardized, sponsored, solution based.

    • C. 

      Correct, diagrammed, textually represented, modifiable, testable.

    • D. 

      Testable, verified, validated, defined, modifiable, consistent.

  • 6. 
    An 'entity' represents a distinct concept within the solution domain, such as a physical item or a logical collection of information. The BA should do which of the following when defining entities:
    • A. 

      Review class diagrams with the Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in a requirements workshop as a way to translate information requirements.

    • B. 

      Include a textual description to use with the logical data model as the best way to visualize and describe information requirements.

    • C. 

      Use the Entity/Relationship Diagram to show how entities relate to other entities for the Project Sponsor.

    • D. 

      Identify all objects uncovered during requirements elicitation as an independent 'class'.

  • 7. 
    Which of the following are valid things to document for data attributes:
    • A. 

      Cardinality and relationship.

    • B. 

      Optional vs. mandatory and which entity/class it belongs to.

    • C. 

      Cardinality and constraints/domains.

    • D. 

      Occurrences and which entity/class it belongs to.

  • 8. 
    Which answer best describes the difference between a 'structured' and an 'unstructured' interview?
    • A. 

      The organizational preference for Agile analysis versus structured analysis.

    • B. 

      The ability of the BA to use pre-defined questions versus discussing topics of interest in an open-ended format.

    • C. 

      A structured interview will be used when there is more time for the requirements team to complete a deliverable.

    • D. 

      A structured interview represents a higher level of understanding of the BA regarding the business domain than an unstructured interview

  • 9. 
    Putri is a senior BA at an Indonesian organization, Asian Lions, specializing in moving North American and European families into and out of Indonesia. They have been hugely successful and have decided to expand throughout Southeast Asia. She has defined the business need, looked at the current and future capabilities, and examined several alternatives. She is about to provide a roadmap that will allocate functionality to different releases with a recommendation on outsourcing and an approximate timeline for each release. Which task and element are Putri performing?
    • A. 

      Allocate requirements (task) and release planning (element).

    • B. 

      Define solution scope (task) and implementation approach (element).

    • C. 

      Determine solution approach (task) and implementation approach (element).

    • D. 

      Determine solution approach (task) and release planning (element).

  • 10. 
    While ensuring that solutions meet business needs and facilitating their successful implementation, a BA will produce which of the following:
    • A. 

      Organizational readiness assessment, transition requirements, stakeholder concerns.

    • B. 

      Allocated requirements, transition requirements, validated solution scope

    • C. 

      Assessment of proposed solution, allocated requirements, and identified defects/mitigating actions,

    • D. 

      Assessment of proposed solution, assumptions and constraints, and allocated requirements.

  • 11. 
    Requirements packages can include all of the following formats EXCEPT:
    • A. 

      Formal documentation.

    • B. 

      Informal documentation.

    • C. 

      Presentation.

    • D. 

      Models.

  • 12. 
    Bob is a BA who has been working on a process improvement project. He has completed an assessment in which he has concluded that a great deal of work needs to be done in order for the stakeholder groups he’s been working with to effectively follow the new process and produce defect-free outputs. He has found that the stakeholders have not seen the “to-be” process map, no procedures have been written, no training has been done, and no new policies have been issued. What type of assessment did Bob complete?
    • A. 

      Stakeholder impact analysis.

    • B. 

      Cultural assessment.

    • C. 

      Operational assessment.

    • D. 

      Technical assessment.

  • 13. 
    Julie is a business analyst and has just received her performance appraisal. Her manager praised her for the confidence her stakeholders have in the process she uses for helping them select correct solutions on her projects. What competency is Julie being praised for?
    • A. 

      Effectiveness of Julie's decision-making abilities.

    • B. 

      Effectiveness of Julie's problem-solving abilities.

    • C. 

      Stakeholders include the BA in the decision making process.

    • D. 

      Effectiveness of Julie's creative thinking abilities.

  • 14. 
    Ben is defining the business need for his current assignment and completed the following draft problem statement. How would you assess his problem statement? Mortgages take an average of 20 days to process, delaying closings by an average of 5 days each. 25% of the applicants lose their interest rate lock as a result of the delays, costing $500-1000 for loans on which we extend the lock, and angry customers when we choose not to extend the lock.
    • A. 

      It is complete and contains all the needed elements.

    • B. 

      It is missing who the problem affects.

    • C. 

      It is missing the impact of the problem.

    • D. 

      It is missing what a successful solution would produce.

  • 15. 
    Temporal events in a Use Case:
    • A. 

      Are shown by an actor connected by a line with an arrowhead.

    • B. 

      Can be connected to a use case by dotted line.

    • C. 

      Cannot be shown on a use case diagram.

    • D. 

      Is indicated with a time actor to trigger the use case.

  • 16. 
    Riley is a BA in an organization that routinely purchases commercial software. Part of the process is to gather the requirements and rank them as follows: must-haves get 10 points; discretionary items are given points ranging from one through nine. This list of criteria is sent to three vendors. Vendor proposals are returned and ranked against the criteria list. The vendor with the most points is selected. The techniques that are used for this process are:
    • A. 

      Vendor assessment, decision analysis, and key performance indicators.

    • B. 

      Vendor assessment, key performance indicators, and acceptance/evaluation criteria definition.

    • C. 

      Decision analysis, structured walkthrough, and functional decomposition.

    • D. 

      Decision analysis, acceptance/evaluation criteria, and vendor assessment.

  • 17. 
    If a BA was trying to understand how a major change to a process impacted the organization and they were trying to identify the reinforcing feedback loops and understand how the system adapted to external pressures and changes, the BA would be using which technique:
    • A. 

      Decision Analysis.

    • B. 

      Systems Thinking.

    • C. 

      Problem Solving.

    • D. 

      Learning.

  • 18. 
    Which output(s) is/are produced from conducting feasibility studies?
    • A. 

      Solution approach.

    • B. 

      Recommendation on feasibility of solution.

    • C. 

      Market surveys, analytic hierarchy process, and benchmarking results.

    • D. 

      Benchmarking results and feasibility recommendation.

  • 19. 
    Which of the following techniques is used to create transition requirements?
    • A. 

      SWOT analysis.

    • B. 

      Customer survey.

    • C. 

      Data modeling.

    • D. 

      Fishbone diagrams.

  • 20. 
    Jerry is working on a new product idea for his department. He needs to find out what his co-workers think about the potential new product. What technique should Jerry use to gather his co-workers' information?
    • A. 

      Brainstorming session.

    • B. 

      Impact analysis.

    • C. 

      Focus group.

    • D. 

      Inspection.

  • 21. 
    Ralph is working with his stakeholders and receives the following requirement: 'The Impact system must be used to calculate the rejected claims.' Ralph questioned the stakeholders about that requirement and whether it truly met their needs. They replied 'No, it does not, but Senior Management has made the decision so we have to live with it.' What best describes this statement?
    • A. 

      An assumption.

    • B. 

      A constraint.

    • C. 

      A risk.

    • D. 

      An issue.

  • 22. 
    Christina is working with a business owner who wants to take the organization in a new direction. He tells her that his instincts have been right in the past, and he is certain that this new initiative is the right thing for the company. Christina recommends that she perform a feasibility study. He reluctantly agrees. Christina proceeds. What technique does she use and which task is it associated with?
    • A. 

      Feasibility analysis (technique) and define business case (task).

    • B. 

      Alternatives Generation (technique) and determine solution approach (task).

    • C. 

      Current Capability Analysis (technique) and assess capability gaps (task).

    • D. 

      Feasibility analysis (technique) and determine solution approach (task).

  • 23. 
    Jeff was feeling good about the requirements he had elicited and analyzed for his project to develop a new reporting system. He was conducting a major walk-through with his SMEs that included the project sponsor. The sponsor exclaimed I never agreed to all this! about a complicated report that involved several entities and attributes, and extensive interfaces to process the report criteria. What activity had Jeff neglected to do, and which technique would have helped him avoid the problem?
    • A. 

      Jeff apparently did not understand who was supposed to approve his requirements. A structured walkthrough would have helped.

    • B. 

      Jeff apparently did not understand the roles he needed to have in place in order to conduct a requirements review. Conduct Stakeholder Analysis would have helped.

    • C. 

      Jeff waited too long to seek the sponsor's approval. A RACI matrix would have helped.

    • D. 

      Jeff failed to adequately analyze and categorize his stakeholders, particularly who was authorized to approve requirements. Acceptance and Evaluation Criteria Definition would have helped.

  • 24. 
    Conflict and issue management is an element for which task?
    • A. 

      Conduct requirements elicitation activity.

    • B. 

      Communicate requirements.

    • C. 

      Validate requirements.

    • D. 

      Manage solution scope and requirements.

  • 25. 
    Joseph is working on a small project and it seems that the requirements and subsequent solution could be obvious. However, Joseph really wants to challenge his stakeholders to ensure that the current business thinking and processes are in line with the requirements and subsequent solution. What is Joseph trying to do?
    • A. 

      Decision analysis.

    • B. 

      Problem analysis.

    • C. 

      Solution scope analysis.

    • D. 

      Root cause analysis.

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