A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge

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A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK) is the written guide to the collection of business analysis knowledge reflecting current best practice, providing a framework that describes the areas of knowledge, with associated activities and tasks and techniques required.[1]

According to Capability Maturity Model Integration, organisations interested in process improvement need to adopt industry standards from the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (and other associated references) to lift their project delivery from the ad hoc to the managed level.[2]

History[edit]

The BABOK was first published by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) as a draft document version 1.4, in October 2005,[3] for consultation with the wider business analysis and project management community, to document and standardise generally accepted business analysis practices. The first formal release was at version 1.6 in June 2006.[4] Version 2.0 was released 31 March 2009.[5] Version 3.0 was released in 2015.

As with other bodies of knowledge, the BABOK is defined and updated by the professionals who use it every day,[6] and is under active review and consultation all the time. Development of version 3 of the BABOK Guide began in May, 2011 in Toronto, Canada.[7]

Professional Certification[edit]

Once the body of knowledge was established, IIBA created the Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) designation to recognise senior business analysts who could demonstrate in-depth long-term experience in these knowledge areas (5–10 years in a dedicated business analyst role).

IIBA also offers the Certification of Competency on Business Analysis (CCBA) designation that recognises Business Analysts with 3750 hours business analysis experience, including 900 hours experience in two knowledge areas or 500 hours experience in four knowledge areas, and 21 professional development hours.[8]

For both certifications the applicant must have a minimum high school education (or equivalent), two references from a career manager, client or Certified Business Analyst Professional and sign the IIBA Code of Conduct.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Business Analysis Body of Knowledge, from the International Institute of Business Analysis
  2. ^ Journey to Business Analysis Maturity, article by Perris and Kupersmith at BA Collective
  3. ^ Reducing the Trend of Failed Business Transformation Projects, report at Management Concepts
  4. ^ New version of the BA Body of Knowledge 1.6 available, blog entry at B2T Training
  5. ^ The Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge, IIBA Website
  6. ^ Invitation to join the Usability Body of Knowledge, from the Usability Body of Knowledge
  7. ^ Look out Business Analysts – the IIBA BABOK version 3 development is underway!, blog entry at Seilevel Software Requirements Blog
  8. ^ "Certification of Competence in Business Analysis". Certification. The IIBA. Retrieved 8 December 2011.
  9. ^ "Certification of Competency in Business Analysis". Certification. The IIBA. Retrieved 8 December 2011.

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