1.8  Other Sources of Business Analysis Information

The BABOK® Guide is a synthesis of information on the business analysis role drawn from a wide variety of approaches to business improvement and change. A complete listing of works referenced in the development of the BABOK® Guide can be found in Appendix B: Bibliography. Business analysts looking to expand on their understanding of business analysis may wish to consult works in these other fields, obtain training from specialists in these areas, or pursue other opportunities for education and professional development.

In particular, we have drawn on information from the following application areas for business analysis and related professional bodies of knowledge:

  • Agile Development
  • Business Intelligence
  • Business Process Management
  • Business Rules
  • Decision Analysis and Game Theory
  • Enterprise Architecture (including the Zachman Framework for Enterprise Architecture™ and TOGAF™)
  • Governance and Compliance Frameworks, including Sarbanes-Oxley, Basel II, and others
  • IT Service Management (including ITIL®)
  • Lean and Six Sigma
  • Organizational Change Management
  • Project Management
  • Quality Management
  • Service Oriented Architecture
  • Software Engineering (particularly Requirements Engineering)
  • Software Process Improvement (including CMMI®)
  • Software Quality Assurance
  • Strategic Planning
  • Usability and User Experience Design

The BABOK® Guide focuses on defining the business analysis role across a broad range of business analysis approaches and so only touches briefly on much of the information developed by practitioners working in these fields. Business analysts will find that a study of any of those areas will be rewarded with a greater understanding of the business analysis profession, ability to collaborate with other professionals, and an understanding of a number of different ways that business analysts can benefit the organizations that employ them.