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BABOK® Guide books

1 Title/current version of BABOK® books
The Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK® Guide)

2 The basics of BABOK® books
The Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK® Guide)
developed by the International Institute of Business Analysis
(IIBA) is a framework that describes what business analysis is,
what tasks are performed as part of business analysis, and what
techniques and competences are relevant to performing the tasks.

3 Summary of BABOK® books
Version 2 of the BABOK® Guide defines business analysis as
“the set of tasks and techniques used to work as a liaison among
stakeholders in order to understand the structure, policies and
operations of an organization, and recommend solutions that
enable the organization to achieve its goals”. Quite simply,
business analysis helps organizations defi ne their problems and
opportunities, assess and validate potential solutions, and verify
that implemented solutions actually deliver the benefi ts they were
designed to.

Business analysis helps organizations:
• Establish strategic objectives and key performance indicators
• Evaluate and determine which projects should be pursued
• Decide whether to acquire or develop capabilities to address
market opportunities or solve problems
• Ensure that all affected stakeholders have a shared vision
of what is to be accomplished and the approach that will be
taken to arrive at a solution

Requirements is one of the key concepts in business analysis.
Requirements describe the conditions or capabilities needed by
the organization to solve problems or capitalize on opportunities.
The BABOK® Guide focuses on how to identify, categorize,
communicate, assess and manage requirements.

The BABOK® Guide describes six knowledge areas (as shown in
the Figure):
Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring: governs how all
other business analysis tasks are performed
Elicitation: how to identify and understand requirements
Requirements Management and Communication: describes
how to structure, organize and communicate requirements to
stakeholders
Enterprise Analysis: explains how to defi ne business needs
and assess whether a particular problem is worthy of further
effort in order to solve it
Requirements Analysis: discusses how to assess requirements
in order to understand what is needed to solve a problem or
capitalize on an opportunity
Solution Assessment and Validation: describes how to assess
current and potential solutions and address any shortcomings,
and to facilitate the transition to a new solution

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In addition, the BABOK® Guide details a series of tasks;
these are specific types of work that are performed in order to
accomplish a particular goal. Each task within the BABOK®
Guide has a specific purpose, description, set of inputs and
outputs, elements, relevant techniques that can be applied, and
set of stakeholders involved.

4 BABOK® books Target audience 
Business analysts undertaking both IT- and business-related
analysis, staff members working on projects where business
analysis is performed, and managers or executives who need
to understand how business analysis can help improve their
organizations.

5 Scope and constraints of BABOK® books
While business analysis is often seen as solely an information
technology function, the BABOK® Guide’s content can be
applied in any part of the organization to facilitate the delivery
of solutions to problems. Whether an organization is deciding
to build a new mine, acquire a competitor, or develop a new
software application, the same business analysis tasks and
techniques apply. Expert knowledge of the domain (or industry)
under the scope of analysis provides the context to arrive at
appropriate conclusions and decisions. Some business analysts
can work across multiple domains, while others may focus on
working within a single domain.

Constraints:
• While the BABOK® Guide describes a collection of
knowledge areas, tasks and their inter-relationships, it does
not prescribe how, when and in what order to apply this
information
• It may, therefore, be necessary to adopt a methodology
that provides a systematic approach to performing business
analysis tasks in order to achieve predictable and consistent
outcomes. This will enable the BABOK® Guide to be tailored
in order to meet specific organizational requirements

6 Relevant website of the BABOK® books
www.iiba.org/

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