CBAP/CCBA preparation questions – BA planning and monitoring

The Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring knowledge area is made up of tasks which are used to organize and coordinate the efforts of both the business analysts and the stakeholders in the organization.

Here are a few sample CBAP/CCBA questions and answers on that knowledge area:

Instruction: Read the questions carefully and choose the BEST options.

  1. When planning how the requirements management process will address requests for change, the business analyst should consider the cost and time estimates of the requested change, its associated benefits and risks, and the:
    A. Wording of the change request
    B. Assumptions and constraints
    C. Recommended course of action
    D. Prioritization of the change
  2. Kendra has received a bonus for an outstanding mastery of system thinking. Which one of the following was not part of the metrics used to assess this underlying competency?
    A. Solutions that she recommended met the defined objectives and solve the underlying problem
    B. She understood how systems adapt to external pressures and changes
    C. She understood how a change affects the system as a whole
    D. She easily identified the reinforcing and compensating feedback loops
  3. This technique forecasts the cost and effort involved in pursuing a course of action. Which of the following is the technique?
    A. Benchmarking
    B. Metrics and key performance indicators
    C. Estimation
    D. Focus group
  4. A good indicator would have all of the following characteristics, except:
    A. Must be unambiguous
    B. Must provide sufficient basis to assess performance
    C. Must be appropriate to the factor
    D. Must specify a range or a specific point
  5. What is the definition of business analysis?
    A. A list of tasks a Business Analysis must do.
    B. The set of tasks and techniques used to work as a liaison among stakeholders in order to understand the structure, policies and operations of an organization, and to recommend end solutions that enable the organization to achieve its goals.
    C. The set of techniques used to work as a liaison among stakeholders in order to understand the structure, policies and operations of an organization.
    D. The entire task a Project Manager carries out.
  6. If an organization has already defined a standard for how business analysis is performed, how should the business analyst proceed with planning the business analysis approach?
    A. The business analyst does nothing. The project manager will put together the milestones around the current standard tasks and will assign them to the business analyst.
    B. The business analyst must consult with her/his manager and brainstorm on the most important task to perform for the particular project.
    C. The business analyst must inform the team on the current standard, and let the team decide on what business analysis task will be appropriate for the project.
    D. The business analyst reviews any existing organizational standards,including standards, guidelines, and processes relating to the current initiative.
  7. When planning the business analysis activities, we can expect the plan to be revisited and for the planning to occur multiple times. Which of the following factors do not contribute to the need to update the plan?
    A. Using the plan-driven approach
    B. Changing business conditions or circumstances
    C. Lessons learned though the performance of business analysis activities
    D. Issues encountered by the business analyst or other team members
  8. When performing business analysis tasks, Elena produces a business analysis communication plan. What expected information can be found in this document?
    A. What attributes will be captured for each requirement
    B. Assessment of level of efforts required to complete business analysis work
    C. How the traceability will be structured
    D. How the content will be formatted
  9. An organizational culture is:
    A. The level of formality needed based on project size
    B. The values and behavior that create the uniqueness of an organization
    C. The process of assessing the pros and cons of pursuing a course of action in light of its possible consequences
    D. A quantifiable level of an indicator that an organization uses to measure what they want to accomplish at a specific point in time
  10. Which statement about performance reports is not true?
    A. To be effectively used, performance reports should not be written in a format to allow for easy archival and tracking
    B. Performance reports are sent to a variety of stakeholders
    C. Performance reports are based on the needs of the project
    D. Performance reports can be made formally and orally as presentations, to meet the needs of the stakeholders
  11. The following are Inputs into the tasks of the Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring knowledge area except?
    A. Analysis performance metrics
    B. Business Needs
    C. Enterprise Architecture
    D. Business Case
  12. What must the Business Analyst know in order to plan the Business Analysis approach?
    A. Organizational Process Needs
    B. Business Need
    C. Business Case
    D. Enterprise Analysis
  13. You are the business analyst for your organization and are coaching Kathy on how business analysis works. Kathy is confused about what a business analysis methodology is during the business analysis planning and monitoring phase of the business analysis duties. What is a methodology?
    A. A methodology is a formalized and repeatable business analysis approach.
    B. A methodology is a short term endeavor to create a unique product or service.
    C. A methodology is an approach that the business analyst believes will work but has not been proven to work yet in the business analysis domain.
    D. A methodology is a formalized plan that describes how the business analyst will complete the elicitation of requirements.
  14. The following are factors that Impact project complexity except
    A. Number of Sponsors
    B. Number of stakeholders
    C. Uniqueness of requirements
    D. Amount and type of risk
  15. The following are recommended techniques to assist in planning the business analysis approach except:
    A. Decision Analysis
    B. Process Modeling
    C. Structured Walkthroughs
    D. Focus group
  16. Which of the following is an output of Business Analysis Planning & Monitoring?
    A. BA performance metrics plan.
    B. Organization process assets
    C. Requirements communication plan
    D. Requirements management plan
  17. Which statement about performance reports is not true
    A. To be effectively used, reports should be in written format to provide for archival and tracking
    B. Reports are based on the needs of the project
    C. Reports can be made formally and orally as presentations, to meet the needs of the stakeholders.
    D. Reports are sent to a variety of stakeholders
  18. Manage business analysis performance describes:
    A. How business analysis work will be tracked and assessed
    B. Managing performance of non-functional requirements.
    C. Managing changes to the requirements baseline.
    D. How requirements will be communicated and changed.
  19. Which of the following statements best explains how an approach can impact the business analysis effort:
    A. Business process improvement methodologies, proprietary methodologies, customs, and organizational assets are best followed when approaching business analyst work.
    B. The use of the plan-driven and change-driven approaches can be mixed, but only a subset of these approaches is viable for the organization in which the project is being performed.
    C. Lean Sigma, Six Sigma, Agile, Rational, and Waterfall are all approaches to business analysis work.
    D. Elements from all methodologies should be used to ensure the most in-depth analysis of the requirements.
  20. Jessica performed the stakeholder analysis task, the output was rejected by her supervisor because one of the following concepts was not used:
    A. Determining how to communicate requirements to stakeholders
    B. Analyzing Flexibility of the project plan
    C. Analysis of stakeholder authority levels over Business Analysis work
    D. Aligning the Business Analysis Plan to the Business Analysis Approach
  21. Alexa reviewed the Business analysis approach and stated that the approach does not support appropriate testing of the resulting solution. Alexa is part of which stakeholder group
    A. Operational Support
    B. End user
    C. Tester
    D. Sponsor
  22. One of the following factors does not affect the complexity of business analysis work
    A. Number of stakeholders
    B. Number of affected systems
    C. Uniqueness of requirements
    D. Elicitation techniques
  23. Which of the following statements is true
    A. Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring tasks cuts across the entire project lifecycle
    B. The factors that increase the complexity of a business analysis work does not affect the complexity of the project
    C. Change driven business analysis approach involves less risk
    D. Business analysis approach is an input for stakeholder analysis
  24. Times, Task Completion, Contracts, and Formal/Informal Authority are elements of ………..
    A. Defining the project scope
    B. Planning the business analysis approach
    C. Conducting stakeholders analysis
    D. Planning the Business Analysis Communication Plan
  25. One of the following sets of inputs into the Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring knowledge area tasks is not an output from any of the Business Analysis knowledge areas;
    A. Business Need, Performance metrics
    B. Enterprise Architecture, Performance Metrics
    C. Enterprise Architecture, Expert Judgment
    D. Expert Judgment, Business Need
  26. Which document determines how the business analyst shares requirements information with their stakeholders?
    A. Requirements Management Plan
    B. Project Management Plan
    C. Business Analysis Communication Plan
    D. Requirements Monitoring Plan
  27. What is the purpose of planning the Requirements Management Process?
    A. To determine requirements prioritization and communication process
    B. To describe the approach that will be used to approve requirements for implementation and manage changes to the solution scope
    C. To describe the approach that will be used to determine the business need
    D. To ensure that there is no scope creep
  28. Three BAs were assigned to a project on a global financial system. The first BA takes the lead on requirements efforts for North America, the second BA takes on the requirements efforts for South America since she is fluent in Spanish, and the third BA leads the requirements efforts in Europe because he is interested in European culture and the financial aspects of the system from a European perspective. How was the work divided?
    A. Complexity & previous work experience with stakeholders.
    B. Geography, culture, and areas of interest.
    C. Business analyst availability and physical limitations.
    D. Physical limitations and areas of interest.
  29. Which of the following stakeholder must approve the business analysis approach to ensure that it aligns with other project activities
    A. Project Sponsor
    B. Business Analyst
    C. Project Manager
    D. Implementation Subject Matter Expert
  30. After completing the Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring activities one of the following output is an input into all other knowledge areas
    A. Business Analysis plan
    B. Business Analysis Approach
    C. Business Analysis Communication Plan
    D. Project Requirement Plan


  1. C
  2. A
  3. C
  4. D
  5. B
  6. D
  7. A
  8. D
  9. B
  10. A
  11. D
  12. A
  13. A
  14. A
  15. D
  16. D
  17. A
  18. A
  19. B
  20. C
  21. C
  22. D
  23. A
  24. D
  25. C
  26. C
  27. B
  28. B
  29. C
  30. A