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Project Management Monthly: October 2012: Tips and Tricks
Better Analysis, Better Business

Business Analysts require a diverse skillset that includes both technical and non-technical skills. Gain a more thorough understanding of how to best combine technological savvy with other soft skills like communication and creativity by using the Business Analyst Body of Knowledge®, or BABOK®.

Developed in 2005, BABOK® has undergone constant improvement by business professionals, and now includes six core knowledge areas. These include:

  • Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring
    Negotiate change within the organization, and effectively plan, employ and monitor an analysis strategy.

  • Elicitation
    How Business Analysts work with stakeholders to help them understand their requirements within the scope of a project.

  • Requirements Management and Communication
    Ensure agreement between team members through effective communication and mediation.

  • Enterprise Analysis
    Identify and fill in gaps between an organization’s needs and capabilities.

  • Requirements Analysis
    Work with an entire team to define a solution that meets the requirements established by BABOK®.

  • Solution Assessment and Validation
    Propose your solution in a way that helps guarantee success.

  • Underlying Competencies
    Combine soft skills like leadership and problem solving with technical knowledge.
Learn more about Analyzing and Validating Business Requirements in an in–depth course this October at the UWM School of Continuing Education!


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