BABOK – Business Analysis Body of Knowledge
What is BABOK, what does the BABOK Guide describe and what are its objectives?
A Guide to Business Analysis
BABOK is the abbreviation for Business Analysis Body of Knowledge, a guide to business analysis. The BABOK Guide – or BABOK for short – is published by the International Institute of Business Analysis – IIBA for short. In addition to business analysis, it defines knowledge areas, tasks, techniques and underlying competencies of business analysis.
BABOK tries to provide business analysts worldwide with proven methods and techniques and useful know-how. The guide describes the most important skills of business analysts and explains which goals and values can be achieved with the help of business analysis. In addition, the BABOK Guide is also the basis for the Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) and Certified Competency in Business Analysis (CCBA) personal certification.
The BABOK Guide as a source of assistance
BABOK Version 3 has been available since April 2015. Approximately 150 authors from 20 countries have contributed to the creation of the BABOK. For IIBA members, the current version 3 of the guide is available free of charge in various languages. The guide offers the following contents in an overview:
- Chapter 1 explains the structure of the guide and explains what business analysis is and what business analysts do.
- Chapter 2 explains the key concepts of Business Analysis Core Concepts.
- Chapter 3 describes planning and monitoring, including stakeholder involvement.
- Chapter 4 explains the survey and cooperation with stakeholders.
- Chapter 5 describes the management of the requirements lifecycle, i.e. how requirements are maintained, prioritized and evaluated.
- Chapter 6 explains the strategic analysis including risk evaluation.
- Chapter 7 deals with requirements analysis and design definition.
- Chapter 8 explains solution evaluation.
- Chapter 9 describes the basic competencies such as analytical thinking, business understanding or communication skills.
- Chapter 10 mentions techniques such as backlog management, brainstorming, business case, lessons learned, mind mapping. prototyping.
- Chapter 11 explains perspectives such as the agile perspective or the business intelligence perspective, and the appendix describes a glossary, techniques with task assignments, contributors, and the differences to version 2.
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