What is BABoK

What On Earth 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 of 6 knowledge areas (KA) and 30 business analysis tasks. Knowledge areas comprise of logically (but not sequentially) related tasks. The tasks under each KA helps in accomplishing the purpose of the associated knowledge area.

6 Knowledge Areas & 30 Tasks described in BABoK

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


The 50 Techniques in 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

BABoK V3 techniques mindmap

BABoK V3 techniques mindmap

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.

IIBA Certification

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.

Adaptive’s BABoK Based Study Guide has been vouched by 500+ certified Business Analysts as the best in the market. Some key features are:

  • Most compact BABoK Study guide (95% content in 20% volume)
  • Contains 30 study tables
  • Contains 2 key mind-maps
  • All content as per BABoK V3
  • Compatible on all devices
  • Author part of IIBA exam setting committee
  • Available as part of CBAP, CCBA, and ECBA training programs