Tag Archives: BABOK V3 vs BABOK V2

BABOK V3 is here!

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.

 Knowledge Areas

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

Techniques

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
10.33 Prioritization
10.34 Process Analysis
10.37 Reviews
10.39 Roles and Permissions Matrix
10.43 Stakeholder List, Map, or Personas
10.50 Workshops

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
10.23 Glossary
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

Perspectives

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.