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What are the seven business analysis knowledge areas as defined by the BABOK v2.0?

Posted by Chris Adams

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Categories: Business Analysis, Systems Analysis


The BABOK Knowledge Areas define categories of related information and tasks that a business analyst must understand and apply.

Knowledge areas do not necessarily represent, or need to align with, phases of a project.  There is no specific order in which tasks from various knowledge areas must be performed by the business analyst, as long as the necessary inputs for each task have been completed and are available.  The seven knowledge areas are:

  1. Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring
  2. Elicitation
  3. Enterprise Analysis
  4. Requirements Analysis
  5. Solution Assessment and Validation
  6. Requirements Management and Communication
  7. Underlying Competencies



veeresh posted on Friday, September 6, 2013 6:32 AM
Thank you, This one is close. While going through the BABOK V2 "Knowledge ares are not intended to represent phases in a project. It is certainly possible and permissible to proceed from performing enterprise analysis activites, to requirements analysis activities, to solution assessment and validation activities, and treat each as a distinct phase in project."

At one point its listed tha each stage cannot be treated as a project phase.
I am a little confuse. Please help me on this.

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veeresh posted on Friday, September 6, 2013 6:34 AM
Look forward to hear from anybody
Chris Adams posted on Friday, September 6, 2013 7:40 AM
The BABOK sometimes uses poor language to describe it's intent. That's going to happen when you write such a large body of reference.

What they are saying is that knowledge areas don't need to be completed in a strict linear fashion like many SDLC methodolodies. The knowledge areas do not represent a waterfall SDLC. You may start apply the skills and complete the tasks of one knowledge area and then start another before the first is completed. Their tasks overlap and intertwine a bit. Also, the tasks of some knowledge areas are intended to be a bit iterative. So you complete them, you do something else, and then you circle back and complete them again until you have arrived at a strong solution.

The purpose of knowledge areas is simply to group and organize tasks in a logical way.
Chris Adams
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