This is a bit of a potpourri post. Found some good stuff out there today, check it out.
The first IIBA Exam just finished in Orlando Florida. Barbara was one of the 16 business analysts who took it. Read about her experience!
Her post has inspired me to crack open my copy of the BABoK again, so here’s some great stuff that other people have written recently:
Understanding The Goal by Marcus Ting A Kee
Marcus presents what reads like a fantastic real-world example, even though he starts with “Suppose a client…” Real or imagined, it is a great example, well written. A single idea, presented crisply. Great quick read.
A couple presentations by Kevin Brennan hinting at changes for the next version of the BABoK. In the BA Fundamentals presentation, Kevin presents the definition of a business analyst in a really interesting way. He starts on p9 with the complete definition:
A business analyst works as a liaison among stakeholders in order to elicit, analyze, communicate and validate requirements for changes to business processes, policies and information systems. The business analyst understands business problems and opportunities in the context of the requirements and recommends solutions that enable the organization to achieve its goals.
This definition feels pretty heavyweight (although rigorous), and it reads like an eyechart but check out what Kevin did on slides 12 through 19. Great way to present the fact that BAs do a bunch of things, and the quote above is already a shortened description of everything we do. Criticism retracted. I would like to figure out a more concise way to describe the BA role, but nothing comes to mind at the moment.
The IIBA (International Institute of Business Analysis) has just released version 1.6 of A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge, or the BA BOK. This new release adds over 100 pages of content and is the first “essentially complete” version.
The IIBA was founded in 2003 with an exciting charter:
The IIBA is the independent non-profit professional association serving the growing field of Business Analysis. Whatever your role — requirements management, systems analysis, business analysis, requirements analysis, project management, or consulting, if you are involved in analysis for systems, business or process improvement, IIBA can help you do your job better.
The BA BOK
The business analysis (BA) body of knowledge (bok) is a massive 329 page pdf ebook available at the IIBA home page (pdf direct), that strives to include “everything” needed for the very broad role of business analysts.
The Business Analysis Body of Knowledge is the sum of knowledge within the profession of Business Analysis and reflects what is considered currently accepted practice. As with other professions, the body of knowledge is defined and enhanced by the business
analysis professionals who apply it. The BOK describes Business Analysis areas of knowledge, their associated activities and tasks and the skills necessary to be effective in their execution.
BA BOK 1.6 http://www.theiiba.org
The IIBA costs $95 per year in annual membership dues. There is an online forum for the IIBA.
Since we just pointed you to 329 pages to read over the weekend, we won’t write any more in this article. Have a great weekend!
Jerry Aubin and Joe Shideler of Seilevel will be giving their presentation, Beyond the System Shall – A Journey from Good to Great Requirements. Although this meeting is sponsored by the Austin chapter of IEEE, it is open to the public.
[Update: The meeting is from 6:30-9:00pm on Wednesday 15 February 2006]
If you were paying attention last month, this is the presentation that was delayed when we had our “ice storm” in December. The presentation has been rescheduled, so update your calendar.
From the summary:
“Today, only a small percent of IT projects succeed while the rest significantly under perform or fail outright. Seilevel will begin the presentation by delving into the statistics behind this statement and then move on to discuss how poor software requirements are a primary reason. The presenters will explore the root causes behind the problem and then provide suggestions as to how companies can improve the situation. […]”
I’ve had the pleasure of working with a few Seilevel folks in the past, and they are top-shelf. I’m looking forward to the presentation – you should make it if you can.
Update: Just realized that the link I included doesn’t have directions – check out the IEEE Austin calendar for directions to the event.