What is BABOK?

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BABOK – 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.

Business Analysis Certification

The BABOK Guide is also the basis for various certificates offered by the IIBA:

  • The Entry Certificate in Business Analysis (ECBA) covers basic knowledge about the approach to business analysis.
  • The Certificate of Capability in Business Analysis (CCBA) is aimed at users with 2 to 3 years of practical experience who have to / want to take responsibility for larger or more complex projects.
  • The Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) addresses users with extensive experience who are also considered to be the leading members of the BA community.
  • The Certificate Business Data Analytics (IIBA-CBDA) focuses on users who want to perform analysis-related work effectively.
  • And the competence-based Agile Analysis Certificate (IIBA-AAC) addresses both the need and the demand for agile and analytical communities. The goal is to improve collaboration in transformation projects.



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