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The Business Analysis wiki supports the following objectives.

  1. Increase the awareness of business analysis and its value to projects - technical and non-technical
  2. Provide access to business analysis resources for interested people
  3. Promote growth in the expertise of business analysts
  4. Encourage good practices and effective processes in conducting business analysis

If you have ideas or contributions for this wiki, please contact Joe Goss.

What is Business Analysis?

The International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA), the standards organization for the practice of business analysis describes business analysis as "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)". See http://www.iiba.org/IIBA/Professional_Development/What_is_Business_Analysis/IIBA_Website/Professional_Development/What_is_Business_Analysis/What_is_Business_Analysis.aspx

What is a Business Analyst?

The IIBA describes this role as...

"...not only (the) business analyst, but also business systems analyst, systems analyst, requirements engineer, process analyst, product manager, product owner, enterprise analyst, business architect, management consultant, business intelligence analyst, data scientist, and more. Many other jobs, such as management, project management, product management, software development, quality assurance and interaction design rely heavily on business analysis skills for success."

A business analyst works with stakeholders to understand the needs, structure, policies, and operations of an organization, and to recommend solutions that enable the organization to achieve its goals.

What is the Effect of the Business Analyst's Work?

"The Business Analyst is an agent of change. Business Analysis is a disciplined approach for introducing and managing change to organizations, whether they are for-profit businesses, governments, or non-profits."

"Business analysis is used to identify and articulate the need for change in how organizations work, and to facilitate that change. As business analysts, we identify and define the solutions that will maximize the value delivered by an organization to its stakeholders. Business analysts work across all levels of an organization and may be involved in everything from defining strategy, to creating the enterprise architecture, to taking a leadership role by defining the goals and requirements for programs and projects or supporting continuous improvement in its technology and processes."

"The value of business analysis is in realization of benefits, avoidance of cost, identification of new opportunities, understanding of required capabilities and modeling the organization."

Disclaimer
This wiki is currently under construction. As a result, we may reorganize the structure and content. While we make an effort to eliminate typographical and grammatical errors, these mistakes happen. Send a note to Joe Goss and he'll get the error corrected.

This wiki and its content are provided as a free resource for the viewer. Any links to external documents, books, or articles do not imply any endorsement, either of that content, or of the provider of that content.

While we attempt to maintain the links to external information sources, websites evolve and a link to an external page may break. Please send information about a broken link (with the correct link for extra credit) to Joe Goss.

Thank you! (smile)

Additional Resources

Professional Organizations

International Institute of Business Analysis

Education Resources

Complementary Resources and Initiatives

External Websites

Agile Modeling - Effective practices for modeling and documentation

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