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Preface

IIBA® was founded in Toronto, Canada in October of 2003 to support the business analysis community by:

  • Creating and developing awareness and recognition of the value and contribution of the Business Analyst.
  • Defining the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK®).
  • Providing a forum for knowledge sharing and contribution to the business analysis profession.
  • Publicly recognizing and certifying qualified practitioners through an internationally acknowledged certification program.

The Body of Knowledge Committee was formed in October of 2004 to define and draft a global standard for the practice of business analysis. In January of 2005, IIBA® released version  1.0 of A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) for feedback and comment. That version included an outline of the proposed content and some key definitions. Version 1.4 was released  in October  of 2005, with  draft  content in some knowledge areas. Version 1.6, which included detailed information regarding most of the knowledge areas, was published in draft form in June of 2006 and updated to incorporate errata in October of 2008.

This publication supersedes A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge®, Version 1.6. Following the publication of version 1.6, IIBA® sought out a number of recognized experts in business analysis and related fields and solicited their feedback on the content of that edition. Their comments were used to plan the scope of this revision. IIBA® volunteers then worked to define a structure for version 2.0 and developed  the revised text, which was made available to the business analysis community for review in 2008. During that  exposure period, IIBA® also solicited feedback from industry experts and business analysis practitioners through a formal review process. IIBA® received thousands of comments during this process, and this document has been revised to incorporate as many of those comments as possible.

The BABOK® Guide contains a description of generally accepted practices in the field of business analysis. The content included in this release has been verified through reviews by practitioners, surveys of the business analysis community, and consultations with recognized experts in the field. The data available to IIBA® demonstrate that the tasks and techniques described in this publication are in use by a majority of business analysis practitioners. As a result, we can have confidence that the tasks and techniques described in the BABOK® Guide should be applicable in most contexts where business analysis is performed, most of the time.

The BABOK® Guide should not be construed to mandate that the practices described in this publication should be followed under all circumstances. Any set of practices must be tailored to the specific conditions under which business analysis is being performed. In addition, practices which are not generally accepted by the business analysis community at the time of publication may be equally effective, or more effective, than the practices described in the BABOK® Guide. As such practices become generally accepted, and as data is collected to verify their effectiveness, they will be incorporated into future editions of this publication. IIBA® encourages all practitioners  of business analysis to be open to new approaches and new ideas, and wishes to encourage innovation in the practice of business analysis.

The goal of this revision was to:

  • Complete the description of all knowledge areas.
  • Simplify the structure to make it easier to understand and apply.
  • Improve the consistency and quality of text and illustrations.
  • Integrate the knowledge areas and eliminate areas of overlap.
  • Improve consistency with other generally accepted standards relating to the practice of business analysis.
  • Extend the coverage of the BABOK® Guide to describe business analysis in contexts beyond traditional approaches to custom software application development, including but not limited to agile methodologies, Business Process Management, and commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) application assessment and implementation.
  • Clarify the relationship between business analysis and other disciplines, particularly project management, testing, and usability and information architecture.
  • Focus on the practice of business analysis in the context of the individual initiative, with material  on strategic or enterprise-wide  business analysis  separated  for inclusion in a future application extension.

The major changes in this release include:

  • Changes throughout to address the goals described above.
  • All content has been revised and edited, and much of it has been rewritten.
  • Many of the tasks found in version 1.6 have been consolidated, resulting in a reduction from 77 tasks to 32.
  • Tasks in the Requirements Planning and Management Knowledge Area have been reallocated to Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring and Requirements Management and Communication.
  • Three other knowledge areas have been renamed to better reflect their purpose.
  • Techniques apply across multiple Knowledge Areas.
  • Inputs and Outputs have been defined for all tasks.

IIBA® would like to extend its thanks and the thanks of the business analysis community to all those who volunteered their time and effort to the development of this revision, as well as those who provided informal feedback to us in other ways.