Update – Version 3.0 of the BABOK® was released in April 2015. The certification will continue to utilize version 2.0 of the BABOK until at least late 2016. For a comparison of certifications available to business analysts visit our certification page.
“BABOK® Guide v3 is the essential standard to help practitioners and their stakeholders deliver business value and create better business outcomes. BABOK® Guide is the most credible and authoritative source of knowledge and practices for business analysis.
The new version expands the scope of business analysis, providing essential direction and support for practitioners in areas such as agile, business intelligence, information technology, business architecture and business process management.”
The International Institute for Business Analysis (IIBA) has released a new version of the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge – referred to as version 1.6. It is the result of many hours of our core team and sub-committees’ time.
This book (about 300 pages) contains significant content in most of the knowledge areas and incorporates some of the feedback received from the BABOK review committee. This version of the BABOK is available for download. NOTE: It is available from the home page http://www.iiba.org/ highlighted in yellow. (The BABOK page of the web site still contains the old version.)
I encourage BAs to download this version, print it, and begin to refer to it when you are doing your work. I am encouraging this selfishly because I would like BAs to continue to give us feedback about the content of the BABOK. I also recommend this as opposed to trying to sit down and read through the document. It has not yet been edited for consistent tone and level of detail so it is a bit rough to read.
We know that we have a lot of revisions and refinements in our future but as a starting point, this BABOK is pretty good (if I must say so myself!)! Take a look for yourself http://www.iiba.org/