What is BABOK?

    BABoK is the acronym for Business Analysis Body of Knowledge. BABoK contains a description of generally accepted practices in the field of business analysis. It gives guidance on the skills and knowledge that business analysts must possess. It is published by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA), Canada.

    The contents of the BABoK guide have been verified thoroughly by practitioners. BABoK has undergone multiple revisions over its history. The current version of BABoK is V3. BABoK does not mandate that the practices described in it should be followed under all circumstances. Business Analysis practices MUST be tailored to specific conditions. All IIBA core business analysis certifications, CBAP, CCBA, and ECBA are based on BABoK.

    The core content of the BABOK Guide comprises 6 knowledge areas (KA) and 30 business analysis tasks. Knowledge areas comprise logically (but not sequentially) related tasks. The tasks under each KA helps in accomplishing the purpose of the associated knowledge area.

    BABoK 6 Knowledge Areas & 30 Tasks

    BA Planning & Monitoring Plan BA approach
      Plan stakeholder engagement
      Plan BA governance
      Plan BA information management
      Identify BA performance improvements
    Elicitation & Collaboration Prepare for elicitation
      Conduct elicitation
      Confirm elicitation results
      Communicate BA information
      Manage stakeholder collaboration
    Requirements Life Cycle Management Trace requirements
      Maintain requirements
      Prioritize requirements
      Assess requirements changes
      Approve requirements
    Strategy Analysis Analyze current state
      Define future state
      Assess risks
      Define change strategy
    Requirements Analysis & Design Definition Specify and model requirements
      Verify requirements
      Validate requirements
      Define requirements architecture
      Define design options
      Analyze potential value and recommend solution
    Solution Evaluation Measure solution performance
      Analyze performance  measures
      Assess solution limitations
      Assess enterprise limitations
      Recommend actions to increase solution value


    50 Techniques of BABoK

    Acceptance and evaluation criteria Document analysis Process modeling
    Backlog management Estimation Prototyping
    Balanced scorecard Financial analysis Reviews
    Benchmarking and market analysis Focus groups Risk analysis and management
    Brainstorming Functional decomposition Roles and permissions matrix
    Business capability analysis Glossary Root cause analysis
    Business cases Interface analysis Scope modeling
    Business model canvas Interviews Sequence diagrams
    Business rules analysis Item tracking Stakeholder list, map, or personas
    Collaborative games Lessons learned State modeling
    Concept modeling Metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs) Survey or questionnaire
    Data dictionary Mind mapping SWOT analysis
    Data flow diagrams Non-functional requirements analysis Use cases and scenarios
    Data mining Observation User stories
    Data modeling Organizational modeling Vendor assessment
    Decision analysis Prioritization Workshops
    Decision modeling Process analysis  


    A sound understanding of the BABOK can prove beneficial to you as a BA, as you may find the methodologies, techniques, or activities useful in performing your day-to-day job. This knowledge could ultimately help you to look at things from a different perspective and improve the way things are functioning at your workplace. Although the BABoK may appear overwhelming and voluminous with 500+ pages, a strategic approach to grasping the essence of BABoK will not only help you ace the IIBA certification examinations but will also make you a better and efficient BA over time.

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