In case you missed it, I wanted to point out that the International Requirements Engineering Board (IREB) recently launched an online magazine aimed at Requirements Engineering professionals called (appropriately enough) “Requirements Engineering Magazine”. As stated on the magazine home page:
The Requirements Engineering Magazine is an independent online magazine, published quarterly by IREB.
The Requirements Engineering Magazine shall serve as a platform for the active exchange of professionals on Requirements Engineering (RE). It is cost free in order to motivate as many professionals as possible to read the articles and thus give them the opportunity to expand their range of knowledge. Articles around the RE-topic are contributed by international professionals from the fields of BA and RE. Everybody is welcome to submit articles, may she/he be IREB member or not!
That part in bold above was highlighted by me, because it’s a very notable difference from the IIBA’s “Best Practices for Business Analysis” magazine. The IIBA wants to force you to be a member in order to read their online magazine. The IREB is putting it out there for everyone who might benefit to read for free. It’s the sort of difference that tells you a lot about the respective organizations IMO.
The first two issues have some good articles (or what look like good articles, as I am still reading through them) on such topics as the Product Owner in SCRUM, the “Innovation Arena” agile prioritization technique, a couple of articles on requirements re-use, and quite a bit more. Please consider contributing if you are inclined. There is even a link (at the top of the magazine page) to receive an email notification whenever a new issue is published. So far, it seems like the magazine is off to a great start and I highly recommend you give it a look.
I’ve added it to the Links page, but you can find the online magazine here: Requirements Engineering Magazine
After about three and half months of (mostly) weekend study, I sat for and passed the Certified Professional for Requirements Engineering – Foundation Level (CPRE-FL) exam today. And for anyone interested or who might benefit from it, I thought I would share some thoughts on the certification itself, the exam, and my study process.
For anyone not familiar with the CPRE certifications from the Certification wiki page on this site, or the CPRE wiki page, you should be aware that the CPRE certification is offered by the International Requirements Engineering Board (IREB) as an entry-level certification for those who either wish to, or are, engaged in requirements engineering practices. As a Foundation-level exam, the focus is on core concepts in eliciting, documenting, validating, and managing requirements.
There will likely be fewer new wiki entries in the next couple of months or so because I decided to study for the CPRE-FL certification. I started about 3 weeks ago and it looks like it will take me a month or two more before I think I am ready to try the exam. I decided to study for the CPRE for the same reason I went for the CBAP, to learn. But I also wanted to go through the process so that I could see if I wanted to recommend it to any of the BA’s that I mentor (now or in the future) or possibly to the BA practice center that my employer is setting up and for which I am a “coach”.
It’s slow going the way I do it. I am four chapters into the syllabus and study guide, with 160 self-study questions created so far. 5 more chapters to go just for the review and question creation. Then I put all those study questions to use by running myself through trial exams.
If anyone has any suggestions on ways to prepare for the exam I would appreciate your suggestions. I’m going to write up my experiences once I am done, probably as a combination of blog posts and updates to the wiki entry for CPRE, and would like to be able to talk about different ideas that people may have.