Wednesday, 7 February 2018

IIBA Global Business Analysis Core Standard

IIBA - Global Business Analysis Core Standard
IIBA - Global Business Analysis Core Standard

Recently published - the International Institute of Business Analysis - IIBA - Global Business Analysis Core Standard is intended to represent the core and most fundamental practices of business analysis

Subtitled - "Now we can all speak the same language." - it defines:
  • Business Analysis Key Concepts.
  • Core Standard Knowledge Areas.
In my opinion - essential reading for both aspiring and practising Business Analysts.
Particularly if you are working towards any of the IIBA professional certificates.
It is an abridged version of the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge which defines the full syllabus for these qualifications.

It might be less relevant to BAs studying for British Computer Society qualifications, which use a slightly different syllabus and terminology. But worth reading nonetheless.

It is free to download from the IIBA website and free to use for personal, professional, or educational purposes.

It will be particularly useful for those looking to get started in Business Analysis simply because it tells you what business analysts do. Also to some extent - how and why.

For practising analysts its maybe more of a "checklist" to identify areas that you need to study and understand more fully.

To give you a flavour - here is a short extract - from Section 1.1 - What is Business Analysis?

Business analysis is the practice of enabling change in an enterprise by defining needs and recommending solutions that deliver value to stakeholders. Business analysis enables an enterprise to articulate needs and the rationale for change, and to design and describe solutions that can deliver value.

Business analysis is performed on a variety of initiatives within an enterprise. Initiatives may be strategic, tactical, or operational. Business analysis may be performed within the boundaries of a project or throughout enterprise evolution and continuous improvement. It can be used to understand the current state, to define the future state, and to determine the activities required to move from the current to the future state.

So a simple and slightly old fashioned suggestion - take some time off Facebook and instead download, read and digest this document!

Maybe take some notes as you go along - areas that you want to learn more about, any points that you don't understand and need to research further.

You can download a copy from the IIBA website - here:
IIBA - Global Business Analysis Core Standard

As ever - any comments here are welcome - and once you've read through the Core Standard
I'll be happy to help if anything needs explaining or adding to.

Steve McIntosh - Business Analyst

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Steve McIntosh. 
Business Analyst
St Ives, Cornwall, UK.

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