Techniques Mind Map

BABoK V3 Techniques Mind-map


Is it really possible to have a BABoK V3 Techniques Mind-map?

I know many of my good BA friends would vehemently disagree with this output. 

Relationships between tasks and techniques are many to many. 

One task in BABoK can use many techniques.

Same way, one technique can be used in many tasks.

So how can we place a technique to a single knowledge area?


#1 Why should we group the techniques?

At the same time, there are 50 techniques in BABoK, which is a very high number.

Any practical way to organize the same can be quite beneficial for business analysts.

It is also quite beneficial to note that when we organize techniques into groups, we can discover common characteristics for many similar techniques.

It is indeed fairly practical to divide elicitation techniques to the group based and individual-based elicitation techniques.

Common characteristics of all group based elicitation techniques:

  • Would have a facilitator as a group activity is more effective with a facilitator,
  • Are difficult to schedule,
  • Good in obtaining consensus, and 
  • Inter-personal issues and conflicts are quite common.

Strengths and weaknesses of all group based elicitation techniques and individual-based elicitation techniques.

Similarly, all techniques in Static and Dynamic sub-groups for Requirements analysis design definition (RADD) will have common properties.

#2 What does the BABoK V3 Techniques Mind-map tries to achieve?


This BABoK V3 Techniques Mind-map tries to explain the relationship between techniques and knowledge areas.

I would request all my BA friends to be open to explore this mind-map. What we attempted to do was align techniques to knowledge areas where it contributes most.

#3 A caution


Before we end, a gentle warning – Remember tasks and techniques are many to many.

You can access the mind-map and other useful business analysis content on our BA learning portal, SuXeed.

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