Understanding business analysis terminology contributes greatly to the success of a business analyst, both career-wise and in terms of acquiring a business analysis certification. This page is dedicated to helping newer BAs who need exposure to common business analysis concepts and terms, as well as seasoned BA professionals who want to stay up to date on relevant terminology.
For BA practitioners who are pursuing an IIBA certification, be sure to check out the BABOK V3 Glossary to get an extensive list of over 500 key BABOK terms that could appear on the certification exam but may not be uniquely defined in the BABOK Guide itself. Knowing the terminology is half the battle for passing the exam!!!
Below are some of the business analysis techniques from the BABOK Guide that take metadata into consideration during use:
According to BABOK, business analysts may need to submit a formal request for information (RFI) when conducting the flowing techniques:
Benchmarking - used to gather information about a potential benchmarking partner’s capabilities
Vendor Assessment- to gather information to ensure that a vendor is reliable and the product and services meet the organization's requirements.
Competencies, tools and techniques to help manage and define conceptual information according to BABOK.
Conceptual Thinking: Applied to find ways to understand how that information fits into a larger picture and what details are important, and to connect seemingly abstract information.
Tools and Techniques
Applying communication in business analysis per the BABOK Guide: