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!!!
Skill classification (hard or soft) of BABOK underlying core competencies:
Either (varies based on reference)
Business analysis deliverables in predictive (waterfall) environments are usually formal, use standardized templates and stored in a repository. Deliverables in adaptive (agile) environments will be less formal and may be captured in requirement management tools. Examples of BA deliverables and work products:
Characteristics of Predictive and Adaptive Approaches:
Level of Formality
Timing and Schedule
Sections in BABOK and Agile Extension (AE) that address WHAT vs. WHY:
Listing of BABOK approaches and plans per knowledge area:
Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring
Elicitation and Collaboration
Requirements Life Cycle Management
Requirements Analysis and Design Definition
Listing of how accuracy is used in BABOK per knowledge area: