Just a note to clarify: EEP stands for Endorsed Education Provider and refers to companies that deliver courses that the IIBA has endorsed. While the new rules I discussed specifically affect EEPs directly, all BAs taking any endorsed courses are affected indirectly, as costs for repeated purchases of the BABOK are passed on to them. The issue that these changes raises regarding the mission of the IIBA - i.e., whether it be to serve itself or to serve the profession - and where it appears to be headed lately, is one that should concern all BAs, as this organization is not just any old org - but one that claims to speak for BAs and one that relies heavily on the goodwill of BA practitioners, of those that hire BAs and of the many volunteers that contribute to the IIBA and to the BABOK. Goodwill is hard to come by, but easy to lose.
A post-script: My IIBA correspondent has replied and let me know that, in fact, there are many (himself included) within the organization who agree strongly with these concerns - and other symptoms of the same problem - and are unhappy with the direction in which the organization is being led. So - let the conversation begin .....
Hi Howard, thanks for initiating this conversation. I have also responded to this thread on IIBA linkedIn group and yes, we need to start a conversation now and have a resolution on this asap.
Our EEP agreement with IIBA renews next month, and this new rule would take effect with that; so, I am as concerned as you are on this topic.
I think IIBA should definitely clarify why this decision was taken and justify it with financial implications. If the intent is to increase the BABOK outreach, they should make it available for free (the PDF version). I have also proposed that they could perhaps start with the EEPs. If EEPs can give out free PDF copies to every course attendee, it can serve the purpose too.
However, I would still give the benefit of the doubt to IIBA until we hear a definite explanation to this. They have done a great job to bring to the community together so far, which cannot be discounted.
I am eager to see how IIBA responds to this.
Thanks for your comments. I've been hearing a lot from EEPs (Endorsed Education Providers), so I thought I'd pass on; it's the LinkedIn EEP group. A lively discussion is going on there about this issue:
Howard - your concerns about the IIBA are shared by a number of members I've spoken to. I'm not a member myself so I though I'd offer these comments as an outsider "looking in".
There seems to be a distinct lack of transparency for a member-centric organisation with yearly revenues approaching $3.5m.
For example management and consulting fees are listed as just over $1.1m. Just what exactly does this cover and how much are employees of IIBA paid?
End of year cash is over $800k. What do members get for their money? The BABOK looks to be a fine body of work but with dozens of books already available, just how many can a person read? If I do go ahead and buy it now, do I get a free upgrade to version 3 or will I have to buy that one as well?
Looks to me like the IIBA may be a bit swept up in their own success and are forgetting about the people they are meant to serve. I'll resist membership for now.
I am a BA on the outside of the IIBA right now for just this reason. I have seen to many organizations whose goals initially were to organize the professionals in a given career path and then ended up costing more than they were worth. The AMA is a case in point, only 17% of Doctors actually belong to the AMA.
I am a Business Analyst because I know how to do Business Analysis. I don't need the organization for that or even to certify me. I need the IIBA to help me become the best BA I can be.
I cannot agree more with Lynn Pryor: I don't need the organization to certify me. I need the IIBA to help me become the best BA I can be. I would not mind volunteering, donating, or paying a small amount of membership fee. However, if the organization's goals have changed and the organization has become profit-driven, I would not have anything to do with it.