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BABOK®2 Guide study guide mind map by Mind Map: BABOK®2 Guide study guide mind map
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BABOK®2 Guide study guide mind map

IIBA®, the IIBA® logo, BABOK® and Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® are registered trademarks owned by International Institute of Business Analysis. Trademarks are properties of the holders, who are not affiliated with mind map author.

Business Analysis is the practice of enabling change in an organizational context, by defining needs and recommending solutions that deliver value to stakeholders. The set of tasks and techniques that are used to perform business analysis are defined in A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK®Guide).

BABOK v1.6 was published in 2006

BABOK v2 was published in 2009


Business Analyst


Domain Subject Matter Expert (SME)

End User

Implementation Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Operational Support

Project Manager





Techniques (34)

Acceptance and Evaluation Criteria Definition (9.1)

Benchmark (9.2)

Brainstorming (9.3)

Business Rules Analysis (9.4)

Data Dictionary and Glossary (9.5)

Data Flow Diagrams (9.6)

Data Modeling (9.7)

Decision Analysis (9.8)

Document Analysis (9.9)

Estimation (9.10)

Focus Groups (9.11)

Functional Decomposition (9.12)

Interface Analysis (9.13)

Interviews (9.14)

Lessons Learned Process (9.15)

Metrics and Key Performance Indicators (9.16)

Non-functional Requirements Analysis (9.17)

Observation (9.18)

Organization Modeling (9.19)

Problem Tracking (9.20)

Process Modeling (9.21)

Prototyping (9.22)

Requirements Workshops (9.23)

Risk Analysis (9.24)

Root Cause Analysis (9.25)

SWOT Analysis (9.32)

Scenarios and Use Cases (9.26)

Scope Modeling (9.27)

Sequence Diagrams (9.28)

State Diagrams (9.29)

Structured Walkthrough (9.30)

Survey / Questionnaire (9.31)

User Stories (9.33)

User Stories (9.33)

Vendor Assessment (9.34)

Knowledge Areas (6)

Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring (Chapter 2)

Elicitation (Chapter 3)

Requirements Management and Communication (Chapter 4)

Enterprise Analysis (Chapter 5)

Requirements Analysis (Chapter 6)

Solution Assessment and Validation (Chapter 7)

Tasks (32)

Task characteristics

Tasks are grouped into Knowledge Areas (6)

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Underlying Competencies of Business Analyst (6)

Analytical Thinking and Problem Solving

Behavioral Characteristics

Business Knowledge

Communication Skills

Interaction Skills

Software Applications

BABOK® Extensions

Agile Extension to the BABOK® Guide

Interactive BABOK®2 Glossary

Interactive BABOK®2 Glossary

BABOK®2 consists of: 6 Knowledge Areas, 32 Tasks, 34 Techniques, 6 Underlying Competencies of Business Analyst.

Download BABOK®2 Knowledge Areas vs Techniques (PDF)

The 7 Mistakes of Business Analyst (by Dr Emma Langman)

1. Not realising that a BA is an Internal Consultant

2. Focusing too much or too little on people

3. Not having the right strategic and commercial skills

4. Not using the right project management and process skills at the right time

5. Not focusing on your core responsibilities

6. Not knowing where you are going

7. Not using your ‘secret essence’

The 7 Mistakes Report

Requirements Lifecycle according to BABOK®2

1. Stated (Unconfirmed)

2. (Stated) Confirmed

3. Communicated

4. Traced

5. Approved

6. Maintained & Re-usable

7. Prioritized

8. Analyzed

9. Verified

10. Validated

11. Allocated


Requirements Classification Schema

Business requirements

Stakeholder requirements

Solution requirements

Transition requirements

CBAP® Exams

3rd party

This freeware mind map (aligned with the version 2 of BABOK®) was carefully hand crafted with passion and love for learning and constant improvement as well for promotion the BABOK® and business analysis profession and as a learning tool for candidates wanting to gain CBAP® qualification. (please share, like and give feedback - your feedback and comments are my main motivation for further elaboration. THX!)

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