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Business Analysis Body of Knowledge

Learn how you can achieve better business outcomes at the strategic, tactical and operational level.

Global Best Practices for Business Analysis

Five Perspectives

Perspectives are used within business analysis work to provide focus to tasks and techniques specific to the context of the initiative and may involve one or more perspectives.

The 5 perspectives covered in the BABOK represent the majority of the work BAs do:  

  • Agile 
  • Business Intelligence  
  • Information Technology 
  • Business Architecture  
  • Business Process Management  

New Techniques

BABOK shares new techniques you can add to your business analysis tool belt: 

  • Backlog Management 
  • Business Model Canvas 
  • Collaborative Games 
  • Decision Modelling 
  • Financial Analysis 
  • Prioritization 
  • Process Analysis 
  • Reviews 
  • Roles and Permissions Matrix 
  • 50 common BA techniques and methods

BABOK Explores Six Knowledge Areas:

  • Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring: Describes the tasks used to organize and coordinate business analysis efforts. 
  • Elicitation and Collaboration: Describes the tasks used to prepare for and conduct elicitation activities and confirm the results. 
  • Requirements Life Cycle Management: Describes the tasks used to manage and maintain requirements and design information from inception to retirement. 
  • Strategy Analysis: Describes the tasks used to identify the business need, address that need, and align the change strategy within the enterprise. 
  • Requirements Analysis and Design Definition: Describes the tasks used to organize requirements, specify and model requirements and designs, validate and verify information, identify solution options, and estimate the potential value that could be realized. 
  • Solution Evaluation: Describes the tasks used to assess the performance of and value delivered by a solution and to recommend improvements on increasing values. 

BACCM Framework

Business Analysis Core Concept Model (BACCM) framework for business analysis:®

  • Change
  • Need
  • Solution
  • Value
  • Stakeholder
  • Context

How Can You Become A Better BA? 

Discover how you can leverage business analysis best practices to deliver ongoing value for your organization. BABOK® Guide expands the scope of business analysis, providing essential direction and support for practitioners. 

Business analysis is a very interconnected, linear process. There are a lot of feedback loops, but at the core is enterprise analysis: which talks about business casing, understanding the business problem, and solution assessments. You want to recommend a solution that’s going to solve the business problem. As a BA you also have to ellicit requirements, to communicate, and to understand and pull information out. You have to manage that information, but most of all you have to plan.  

The skills and knowledge you bring to the table, those underlying competencies that make you great at your job can all be found in the BABOK® Guide.

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Agile Extension

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