OMG OCEB Exams Nearly Complete
- December 2, 2008
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Here at BP3 we were fortunate enough to participate in the creation of the OMG Certified Expert in BPM (OCEB) examinations. This is a big step for the BPM business because it starts to standardize what it means to be an expert in BPM. Anyone will benefit from reading some of the reference material cited on the OMG site (it isn’t a complete list, but it is a great primer), and even the test itself will teach you a fair amount about BPM (trust me, you’ll run across a question you don’t know the answer to. If you’re like me, you hit the books afterward to find out more about that corner of BPM).
One of the criticisms I’ve heard leveled at BPM in the past is that it isn’t easy to communicate what it is – a technology, a discipline, a toolset? This certification starts to put all the parts of BPM into a context that makes sense. These are the technical parts that you need to understand. These are the business parts. These are the parts that apply equally to both.
Putting these tests together isn’t easy. All the question-writers are volunteers, and we write a lot more questions than what shows up on the test (except for you lucky beta-testers, who get to answer ALL the questions). All the questions go through psychometrics and tech reviews and reference reviews, as well as wordsmithing edits. The process of writing the tests was an interesting process in and of itself. Thanks to Jon Siegel for working with everyone throughout the whole process and keeping our band of BPM experts in the fold for over a year to get this done.
If you are thinking about taking the OCEB exams and aren’t sure where to start, feel free to ask your questions here, we’ll do our best to point you in the right direction. Its all computer-based and very easy to schedule and take the tests through the nearest PearsonVue test center. For another post on the exam, check out Sebastien Stein’s (of Aris) post here. Also take the time to explore OMG’s OCEB home page, linked above. It has several useful resources, not to mention listing the 25 companies that contributed expertise to the project! I believe the fundamental exam, and the business and technical intermediate exams, have been published. The advanced exams are now in the beta period, so we’re very close to the finish line!
Good luck with the exams!
UPDATE: there is an update here on the schedule of exams.