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Projects Monthly: February 2014: Tips and Tricks
  BABOK® v3 and the Changing World of Business Analysis
Version 3 of A Guide to Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® which is expected mid 2014, will both reflect and bring about change in the world of Business Analysis. The International Institute of Business Analysis and hundreds of volunteers have been working on Version 3 of the Body of Knowledge® for over a year.

In 2014, you will have a chance to comment on the new document before it is finalized. See below for an update on the development process, a couple changes to watch for in the new guide and something to think about if you are interested in taking the CBAP® or CCBA® tests.

BABOK® v3 Process
At the beginning of 2013, a Core Team from IIBA® wrote the first draft of the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® — Version 3. Then, during the summer months, more than 70 volunteers, practitioners and experts reviewed and commented on the draft. In September, the Core Team integrated this feedback into the second writing phase of the project, then forwarded a draft to the Standards and Publications Team for their review and input.

At the end of January 2014, the Core Team came together for an intensive three-day working session on the guide to prepare it for the public review phase.

By spring 2014, Version 3 will be ready for review by the broader BA community. Anyone who wishes to participate will be able to access Version 3 over a 60-day period through a wiki, and make comments via a feedback tool. If you are interested, watch the IIBA® website for instructions on how to participate.

Once the review period is complete, the Core Team will review all the comments and edit the final document for publication. Also at this time, IIBA® will accept proposals for translation of the guide into other languages.

What to Expect
The goals of Version 3 include capturing the latest trends in the profession, updating the structure of the BABOK® Guide to increase its usability and helping BAs improve their processes. The new guide will address business analysis at all different levels of the enterprise and across a broad scope of perspectives. It will help you understand how business analysis applies to agile techniques, business process management and other types of organizational change.

The biggest area of change in Version 3 is the Business Analyst Core Concept Model (BACCM), which identifies six core concepts related to business analysis:
  • Changes
  • Needs
  • Stakeholders
  • Solutions
  • Contexts
  • Value
Change is new a core concept. Version 3 includes ways for the BA to prepare organizations for change, promote change to meet business needs and to prevent unwanted change. This is an important addition since change management theory and practice have grown significantly since Version 2 was published in 2009.
Another big change in Version 3 is the realignment of the knowledge areas. In BABOK® v2, the knowledge areas were:
  • Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring
  • Elicitation
  • Requirements Management and Communication
  • Enterprise Analysis
  • Requirements Analysis
  • Solution Assessment and Validation
  • Underlying Competencies
In BABOK® v3, the knowledge areas are:
  • Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring
  • Requirements and Design Analysis
  • Situation Analysis
  • Elicitation and Collaboration
  • Solution Assessment and Validation
  • Requirements and Design Management
  • Underlying Competencies
These changes address some of the changes in BA as it moves beyond IT projects and departments and uses new techniques as well.

IIBA® Tests
If you have not achieved your Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®) or Certification of Competency in Business Analysis™ (CCBA®), you will have the chance to take the Version 2 exam until Version 3 is finalized later this year. There are many classes and online resources available for Version 2, so consider taking it as soon as you can.

Resources and Additional Information
A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) Version 3 Update, Laura Paton and Sandi Campbell

Reflections on the 2013 BBC Conference,
Rick Strempler

BABOK® Version 3: What Business Analysts Can Expect, Rick Strempler

-Anne O’Meara, February 2014
 

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