So how can we place a technique in a single knowledge area?
#1 Why should we group the BABoK techniques?
Since there are 50 techniques in BABoK v3, 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 are that:
It would have a facilitator, as a group activity is more effective with a facilitator
It's difficult to schedule
It's good to obtain consensus, and
Interpersonal issues and conflicts are quite common in these techniques
There would also be commonalities in the 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 try to achieve?
This BABoK V3 Techniques Mind-map tries to explain the relationship between techniques and BABoK knowledge areas. I would request all my BA friends to be open to explore this mind-map. What we attempted to do was to align techniques to knowledge areas where it contributes the most. This does not imply that the techniques do not contribute to other knowledge areas. Now, a word of caution.
#3 A caution
Before we end, here's a word of caution - Remember tasks and techniques are many to many.
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