IIBA Guiding Principles

IIBA® guiding principles represent a broad philosophy that guides the organization throughout its life in all circumstances, irrespective of changes in its goals, strategies, type of work, or the top management filter for decisions at all levels of the organization.

Key Constituent Guiding Principle What it means Why it is important
Members Members first The IIBA business philosophy is to be Member intimate
  • delivering what our members want
  • collaborating with our members to understand exactly what they need
  • ensuring the products and services the members want are implemented properly
As a professional association, IIBA exists for our members and actively supports the development and recognition of the business analysis professional.
Volunteers Give what you can so you can get what you need IIBA understands that volunteers can only give what they are capable of giving whether it be skill sets, interest or time. We will try to accommodate all volunteers who have an interest in supporting the goals of the organization. The success of IIBA depends on the generous support of members through their volunteer activities. Without them, IIBA would not survive. We need to ensure that we give to volunteers the kind of learning and experience that will encourage them to continue to volunteer and support the organization.


Community Think globally. 
Act locally.
IIBA recognizes differences and diversity across the world and designs and delivers its products and services to support those differences. We want to structure our programs to make them accessible to individuals all over the world regardless of economic circumstances.
Chapters Storefront to the local community Chapters provide a channel to the local community by supporting personal relationships with IIBA members and delivering local representation of the IIBA brand. While the world is becoming more "virtualized", we still need to reach out to our members and local communities. Chapters provide that personalized touch to local practitioners and keep the international organization apprised of local realities.


Organizations who require Business Analysis Helping business do business better IIBA improves the practice of business analysis by advising employers on what is required to create a productive environment for effective business analysis, by demonstrating the value of business analysis, and by developing long term relationships with those organizations. Businesses support IIBA by accepting and adopting the standards of business analysis as identified within  BABOK® Guide.
They are employers to Business Analysts - our key constituent.
They promote the practice of business analysis.
They provide information to us on the status of BA practices.
IIBA Methodology agnostic The IIBA body of knowledge is not aligned to any one methodology. We do not want to limit the application of business analysis.
We want to ensure adaptability to changes in the business world and adoption of new methodologies.
  Adaptability over stability in our operations IIBA must be nimble and able to respond to opportunities when given the chance. We will consider all options to adapt to change. IIBA is still a small organization albeit one with lofty aspirations.
Our processes must not constrict us from being efficient and effective in meeting the organizations goals.
  Transparency in our operations The rationale for important decisions will be shared with our key constituents. We want to keep our stakeholders engaged in the direction of the organization.
  Progress over perfection The precision of our process should not restrict us from accomplishing our goals. We will focus on the intent of the activity and the benefits it can bring As above - IIBA is still a small organization. We cannot afford to over engineer our solutions.
  Collaboration It is through engagement with all our key constituents that the business analysis discipline will continue to evolve. BABOK® Guide is the first in a number of steps defining the world of business analysis and it will evolve based on input from business analysts and businesses around the world.
Partners Win-Win IIBA engages in mutually beneficial relationships with our stakeholders.  

Note: If you would like to download a copy of IIBA Guiding Principles, please  click here.

Our Values

International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) values extend to our Staff, Senior Leadership Team, Board of Directors and most importantly our members!  See below for a quick view of our Values and for detailed information please  click here.

Core Values

We value:
  • Recognition  
  • Collaboration
  • Thought-Leadership
  • Honesty & Integrity
  • Innovation
  • Empowerment