BABOK - A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge

A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK® Guide) is the standard for the practice of business analysis and is for professionals who perform business analysis tasks. Recognized globally as the standard of business analysis, it guides business professionals within the six core knowledge areas, describing the skills, deliverables, and techniques that business analysis professionals require to achieve better business outcomes.


  • The BABOK – Business Analysis Body of Knowledge is the trusted reference guide for Business Analysts developed by the International Institute for Business Analysts – IIBA
  • In Q1 2021 - the IIBA UK mapped SFIA 7 skills to BABOK knowledge areas (KAs)
  • The SFIA skills were selected on the basis that they were the skills needed to apply the knowledge described in the BABOK (KAs)
  • For simplicity - SFIA levels were not included in the mapping 
  • Additional work by IIBA volunteers is scheduled in 2022 to update the mapping and create additional guidance documents  such as standard IIBA UK Business Analyst job role descriptions
  • If you are interested - please get in touch - [email protected]

Acknowledgement - Selected extracts from A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) Version 3.0, IIBA. 

SFIA 8 updates

SFIA 8 provided a number of enhancements to support business analysis -related skills

A pdf of the following slides is available here.






The Framework of the BABOK

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Approach used to develop the mapping

Each of the knowledge areas in the BABOK were analysed to determine the related SFIA skills. To help adoption - these were further refined into 2 groups.

  • SFIA skills most likely to be used

  • Other SFIA skills that may be used

Business analysis planning & monitoring


  • Plan business analysis approach: includes selecting/ creating methodology & planning individual activities, tasks, & deliverables
  • Plan stakeholder engagement - includes understanding the stakeholders, theirs and our mutual needs and the best way to collaborate
  • Plan business analysis governance - includes plans for decision making & working within established governance frameworks such as for risk
  • Plan business analysis information management - setting out how the information captured by the BA will be stored, used and integrated with other information
  • Identify business analysis performance improvements - to identify how commitments will be met and how continuous learning opportunities will be realised

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Elicitation and Collaboration 


  • Prepare for elicitation - includes conducting any research & building a shared set of expectations with stakeholders
  • Conduct elicitation - includes the work to understand stakeholder needs and to identify potential solutions
  • Confirm elicitation results - includes cross referencing with other artefacts and ensuring stakeholders have a shared understanding of the outcomes of elicitation
  • Communicate business analysis information - presenting information back to stakeholders in a digestible manner and a timely way
  • Manage stakeholder collaboration - to engage stakeholders appropriately such that desired analysis outcomes can be reached

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Requirements Lifecycle Management


  • Trace requirements - includes analysis & modelling of relationships between requirements & artefacts, to improve clarity and understanding
  • Maintain requirements - ensures requirements & designs are accurate, curremt & reusable
  • Prioritise requirements - ensures work can be scoped and adjustments made as and when priorities or criteria for inclusion change
  • Assess requirements changes - implementation of controls to ensure there is a stable baseline to the requirements
  • Approve requirements - ensures relevant stakeholders give their support and buy in to the products of the requirements activities

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Strategy Analysis


  • Analyse current state - sets the baseline and context for change
  • Define future state - sets the objectives of the change and clarifies which parts of the enterprise will need to change
  • Assess risks - ensures challenges ahead are identified and plans made to deal with these appropriately
  • Define change strategy - implementation of controls to ensure there is a stable baseline to the requirements

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Requirements Analysis & Design Definition


  • Specify and model requirements - using information elicited to build requirements from which to move forwards with the change
  • Verify requirements - ensuring the requirements are specified to the required level of detail and completeness
  • Validate requirements - ensuring these are accepted as representative of the stakeholders needs
  • Define requirements architecture - ensures the various views, models and or catalogues/ backlogs created form a coherent whole/ a complete story
  • Define solution options - sets out potential ways forwards
  • Analyse potential value & recommend solution - provides relevant information to support decision making and pointers to the way forwards

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Solution Evaluation


  • Measure solution performance - design and carry out the measure against enterprise goals and objectives
  • Analyse performance measures - examines findings to determine whether the solution is meeting the business needs
  • Assess solution limitations - looks for underlying causes as to why the solution is not meeting business needs
  • Assess enterprise limitations - looks for underlying causes as to what is preventing the enterprise from realising the full potential of the solution
  • Recommend actions to increase solution value - exactly as it sounds

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All slides can be downloaded here.

Listing of all the SFIA skills mapped from the BABOK

Click on each skill name for full descriptions including skill level descriptions.

SFIA skill name Levels
Analytics INAN     3 4 5 6 7
Availability management AVMT       4 5 6  
Business analysis BUAN     3 4 5 6  
Business modelling BSMO   2 3 4 5 6  
Business process improvement BPRE         5 6 7
Conformance review CORE     3 4 5 6  
Data modelling and design DTAN   2 3 4 5    
Database design DBDS     3 4 5    
Enterprise and business architecture STPL         5 6 7
Knowledge management KNOW   2 3 4 5 6 7
Measurement MEAS     3 4 5 6  
Methods and tools METL     3 4 5 6  
Organisational capability development OCDV         5 6 7
Project management PRMG       4 5 6 7
Quality assurance QUAS     3 4 5 6  
Quality management QUMG     3 4 5 6 7
Relationship management RLMT       4 5 6 7
Release and deployment RELM     3 4 5 6  
Requirements definition and management REQM   2 3 4 5 6  
Service level management SLMO   2 3 4 5 6 7
Software design SWDN   2 3 4 5 6  
Strategic planning ITSP         5 6 7
Systems design DESN       4 5 6  
User experience analysis UNAN     3 4 5    
User experience design HCEV     3 4 5 6  
User research URCH     3 4 5 6  
Change implementation planning and management CIPM         5 6  
Consultancy CNSL         5 6 7
Demand management DEMM         5 6  
Information governance IRMG       4 5 6 7
Information security SCTY     3 4 5 6 7
Organisation design and implementation ORDI         5 6 7
Portfolio management POMG         5 6 7
Resourcing RESC       4 5 6  
Sourcing SORC   2 3 4 5 6 7