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1 Vancouver Chapter Study Group BABOK Chapter 1 Introduction Jorge Vega 1

2 Study Group Sessions About me Format BABOK 2.0 Frequency Type of sessions Prep work required Professional Development Units Expanding group sessions Certification requirements 2

3 How prepared are you? POP QUIZ! 3

4 Chapter 1: Introduction 1.1 What is BABOK? 1.2 What is Business Analysis? 1.3 Key Concepts 1.4 Knowledge Areas 1.5 Tasks 1.6 Techniques 1.7 Underlying Competencies 1.8 Other Sources of BA Information 4

5 1.1 A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK Guide) Globally recognized standard for the practice of business analysis. Describes business analysis areas of knowledge, their associated activities and tasks, and the skills necessary to be effective in their execution. 5

6 1.2 Business Analysis The set of tasks and techniques used to work as a liaison among stakeholders in order to understand the structure, policies, and operations of an organization, and to recommend solutions that enable the organization to achieve its goals. Understanding how organizations function. Defining organizational goals and how to achieve these goals. Understanding current state of an organization to define business needs. Defining/validating solutions to meet business goals and objectives. A Business Analyst is any person who performs BA tasks as described in BABOK, regardless of title. 6

7 1.3 Key Concepts Domain area undergoing analysis Not necessarily bound by organization or department boundaries Solution set of changes to the current state made so an organization can meet a business need, solve a problem, or take advantage of an opportunity Optimal solution within given constraints (not perfect solution) Solution often involves IT, but not always 7

8 1.3 Key Concepts Requirement 1. A condition or capability needed by a stakeholder to solve a problem or achieve an objective. 2. A condition or capability that must be met or possessed by a solution or solution component to satisfy a contract, standard, specification, or other formally imposed documents. 3. A documented representation of a condition or capability as in (1) or (2). 8

9 1.3 Key Concepts Requirements Business Requirements (Enterprise Analysis) Stakeholder Requirements (Req. Analysis) Solution Requirements (Req. Analysis) Functional Requirements Non-functional Requirements Transition Requirements (Solution Assessment & Validation) Mnemonic BSFNT ( bus font or Buy Some New Treats 9

10 1.4 Knowledge Areas Mnemonic = PEACEUS (different spelling for pieces ) BA Planning and Monitoring Elicitation Requirements Analysis Requirements Management and Communication Enterprise Analysis Underlying Competencies Solution Assessment and Validation 10

11 1.5 Tasks Purpose Description A task is an essential piece of work that must be performed as part of business analysis. Each task should be performed at least once during the vast majority of business analysis initiatives, but there is no upper limit to the number of times any task may be performed. A task has the following characteristics: A task accomplishes a result in an output that creates value to the sponsoring organization that is, if a task is performed it should produce some demonstrable positive outcome which is useful, specific, visible and measurable. A task is complete in principle, successor tasks that make use of outputs should be able to be performed by a different person or group. A task is a necessary part of the purpose of the Knowledge Area with which it is associated. 11

12 1.5 Tasks Input Requirements Elements 12

13 1.5 Tasks Stakeholders Output 13

14 1.6 Techniques Purpose Description Elements Usage Consideration 14

15 1.7 Underlying Competencies Analytical Thinking and Problem Solving Behavioural Characteristics Business Knowledge Communication Skills Interaction Skills Software Applications 15

16 1.8 Other Sources of Business Analysis Info List of sources BABOK draws from E.g., Agile Development, BPM, Enterprise Architecture, ITIL, Project Management 16

17 Study Guides recommended by Jorge 17

18 Quiz & Discussion 18

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