From 2005 to 2015, the BABOK has come a long way and has been the result of the efforts put in by many volunteers and industry practitioners.
I guess it would not be incorrect to state that the main essence for V3 is around the same foundations laid in V2. The most significant changes are for Enterprise Analysis, the adding of the 5 perspectives and the overall techniques that been increased to 50. In addition the focus for some of the techniques have been changed.
A general feel is that it is not as much IT specific (the BSA role) but has also tried to place a stronger emphasis on “true Business Analysis.”
Interesting choice of the word “Design” and as quoted by Watermark that Business Analyst’s can be involved in the design of processes and hence should not be an alien concept for a BA.
Though a one to one matching is difficult but for the purposes of this initial blog this has been done this way and I will continue to blog and pick more specific examples to showcase in times to come.
|BABOK V2||BABOK V3|
|Business Analysis Planning & Monitoring||Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring|
|Elicitation||Elicitation and Collaboration|
|Requirements Management & Communication||Requirements Life Cycle Management|
|Enterprise Analysis||Strategy Analysis|
|Requirements Analysis||Requirements Analysis and Design Definition|
|Solutions Assessment & Validation||Solution Evaluation|
BABOK V2: 34
BABOK V3: 50
Techniques added in V3:
|10.2 Backlog Management
10.3 Balanced Scorecard
10.6 Business Capability Analysis
10.7 Business Cases
10.8 Business Model Canvas
10.10 Collaborative Games
10.11 Concept Modeling
10.14 Data Mining
10.17 Decision Modelling
|10.20 Financial Analysis
10.26 Item Tracking
10.29 Mind Mapping
10.34 Process Analysis
10.39 Roles and Permissions Matrix
10.43 Stakeholder List, Map, or Personas
Removed from V 2.0 or Renamed:
|BABOK V2||BABOK V3|
|9.2 Benchmarking||10.4 Benchmarking and Market Analysis|
|9.5 Data Dictionary and Glossary||10.12 Data Dictionary
|9.15 Lessons Learned Process||10.27 Lessons Learned|
|9.24 Risk Analysis||10.38 Risk Analysis and Management|
|9.26 Scenarios and Use Cases||10.47 Use Cases and Scenarios|
|9.29 State Diagrams||10.44 State Modelling|
Fresh perspectives have been added and I think they address the needs and how a BA can utilize them in an engagement.
These have been added in the hope that almost all initiatives are more than likely to have any one component of the perspectives addressed. To directly quote from the BABOK V3: “For example, an initiative may have a technology component (Information Technology Perspective), the technology component may mean business process changes (Business Process Management Perspective), the initiative may decide to do part, or all of the work with an agile approach (Agile Perspective). Another initiative may merge two organizations and need to look at the business capabilities and how the transformation impacts those capabilities (Business Architecture Perspective), and the business leaders need updated information for decision making and analysis (Business Intelligence Perspective).” (Ref Pg 367)
The other side
- Pages: BABOK V3 (514) has 251 more pages than BABOK V2 (263).
- Color combination: V3 uses 4 – 5 colors as against the black and white for V2. Text has more breathing space and readability has improved a lot.
- The V3 PDF copy is clickable and you can get directly to a particular page. A good improvement over the PDF version of BABOK V2.0.
Stay tuned for more in times to come and do let me know your feedback.