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What is business analysis?

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. International Institute of Business Analysis.

 

International Institute of Business Analysis. A Guide to Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) (Section 1.2, Kindle Locations 175-176). International Institute of Business Analysis. Kindle Edition.

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Business analysis may be performed on initiatives at the _____, _____, and _____ level in the organization.

Business analysis may be performed on initiatives at the strategic, tactical, and operational level in the organization.

International Institute of Business Analysis. A Guide to Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) (Section 1.2, Kindle Locations 178-179). International Institute of Business Analysis. Kindle Edition.

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Through what [5] perspectives can a business analyst view his/her work activities?

Through what [5] perspectives can a business analyst view his/her work activities?

  1. agile
  2. business intelligence
  3. information technology
  4. business architecture
  5. business process management

 

International Institute of Business Analysis. A Guide to Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) (Section 1.2, Kindle Locations 183-184). International Institute of Business Analysis. Kindle Edition.

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Who is a business analyst?

Who is a business analyst?

A business analyst is any person who performs business analysis tasks described in the BABOK® Guide, no matter their job title or organizational role.

 

International Institute of Business Analysis. A Guide to Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) (Section 1.3, Kindle Locations 189-191). International Institute of Business Analysis. Kindle Edition.

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What [5] activities does a business analyst perform?

The activities that business analysts perform include:

  1. understanding enterprise problems and goals
  2. analyzing needs and solutions
  3. devising strategies
  4. driving change
  5. facilitating stakeholder collaboration

 

International Institute of Business Analysis. A Guide to Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) (Section 1.3, Kindle Locations 195-203). International Institute of Business Analysis. Kindle Edition.

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_____ are a collection of logically (but not sequentially) related tasks. These tasks describe specific activities that accomplish the purpose of their associated knowledge area.

Knowledge areas are a collection of logically (but not sequentially) related tasks. These tasks describe specific activities that accomplish the purpose of their associated knowledge area.

 

International Institute of Business Analysis. A Guide to Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) (Section 1.4, Kindle Locations 225-226). International Institute of Business Analysis. Kindle Edition.

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_____ define the key terms needed to understand all other content, concepts, and ideas within the BABOK® Guide.

Key concepts define the key terms needed to understand all other content, concepts, and ideas within the BABOK® Guide. Business Analysis

International Institute of Business Analysis. A Guide to Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) (Section 1.4, Kindle Locations 230-233). International Institute of Business Analysis. Kindle Edition.

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_____ provide a description of the behaviors, characteristics, knowledge, and personal qualities that support the effective practice of business analysis.

Underlying competencies provide a description of the behaviors, characteristics, knowledge, and personal qualities that support the effective practice of business analysis.

 

International Institute of Business Analysis. A Guide to Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) (Section 1.4, Kindle Locations 234-236). International Institute of Business Analysis. Kindle Edition.

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____ provide a means to perform business analysis tasks.

Techniques provide a means to perform business analysis tasks.

International Institute of Business Analysis. A Guide to Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) (Section 1.4, Kindle Locations 237-238). International Institute of Business Analysis. Kindle Edition.

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_____ describe various views of business analysis and help business analysts working from various points of view to better perform business analysis tasks, given the context of the initiative. International Institute of Business Analysis. A Guide to Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) (Kindle Locations 241-243). International Institute of Business Analysis. Kindle Edition.

Perspectives describe various views of business analysis and help business analysts working from various points of view to better perform business analysis tasks, given the context of the initiative.

 

International Institute of Business Analysis. A Guide to Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) (Section 1.4, Kindle Locations 241-243). International Institute of Business Analysis. Kindle Edition.

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What are the [7] business analysis knowledge areas?

The [7] business analysis knowledge areas are: 

  1. Planning and Monitoring
  2. Strategy
  3. Elicitation and Collaboration
  4. Analysis and Design Definition
  5. Solution Evaluation
  6. Requirements LIfe Cycle Management

 

International Institute of Business Analysis. A Guide to Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) (Section 1.4.2, Kindle Locations 260-262). International Institute of Business Analysis. Kindle Edition.

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_____ describes the tasks that business analysts perform to organize and coordinate the efforts of business analysts and stakeholders.

Planning and Monitoring knowledge area describes the tasks that business analysts perform to organize and coordinate the efforts of business analysts and stakeholders.

 

International Institute of Business Analysis. A Guide to Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) (Section 1.4.2, Kindle Locations 260-262). International Institute of Business Analysis. Kindle Edition.

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_____ describes the tasks that business analysts perform to prepare for and conduct elicitation activities and confirm the results obtained. International Institute of Business Analysis. A Guide to Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) (Section 1.4.2, Kindle Locations 265-267). International Institute of Business Analysis. Kindle Edition.

Elicitation and Collaboration knowledge area describes the tasks that business analysts perform to prepare for and conduct elicitation activities and confirm the results obtained.

 

International Institute of Business Analysis. A Guide to Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) (Kindle Locations 265-267). International Institute of Business Analysis. Kindle Edition.

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_____ describes the tasks that business analysts perform in order to manage and maintain requirements and design information from inception to retirement.

Requirements Life Cycle Management knowledge area describes the tasks that business analysts perform in order to manage and maintain requirements and design information from inception to retirement.

 

International Institute of Business Analysis. A Guide to Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) (Section 1.4.2, Kindle Locations 269-271). International Institute of Business Analysis. Kindle Edition. 

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_____ describes the business analysis work that must be performed to collaborate with stakeholders in order to identify a need of strategic or tactical importance (the business need), enable the enterprise to address that need, and align the resulting strategy for the change with higher- and lower-level strategies.

 

International Institute of Business Analysis. A Guide to Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) (Kindle Locations 273-276). International Institute of Business Analysis. Kindle Edition. 

Strategy Analysis knowledge area describes the business analysis work that must be performed to collaborate with stakeholders in order to identify a need of strategic or tactical importance (the business need), enable the enterprise to address that need, and align the resulting strategy for the change with higher- and lower-level strategies.

 

International Institute of Business Analysis. A Guide to Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) (Section 1.4.2, Kindle Locations 273-276). International Institute of Business Analysis. Kindle Edition. 

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____ describes the tasks that business analysts perform to structure and organize requirements discovered during elicitation activities, specify and model requirements and designs, validate and verify information, identify solution options that meet business needs, and estimate the potential value that could be realized for each solution option.

 

Analysis and Design Definition knowledge area describes the tasks that business analysts perform to structure and organize requirements discovered during elicitation activities, specify and model requirements and designs, validate and verify information, identify solution options that meet business needs, and estimate the potential value that could be realized for each solution option.

 

International Institute of Business Analysis. A Guide to Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) (Kindle Locations 277-280). International Institute of Business Analysis. Kindle Edition. 

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____ describes the tasks that business analysts perform to assess the performance of and value delivered by a solution in use by the enterprise, and to recommend removal of barriers or constraints that prevent the full realization of the value.

Solution Evaluation knowledge area describes the tasks that business analysts perform to assess the performance of and value delivered by a solution in use by the enterprise, and to recommend removal of barriers or constraints that prevent the full realization of the value.

 

International Institute of Business Analysis. A Guide to Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) (Kindle Locations 282-285). International Institute of Business Analysis. Kindle Edition. 

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_____ a discrete piece of work that may be performed as part of business analysis.

 

A task is a discrete piece of work that may be performed formally or informally as part of business analysis.

Notes:

  • Tasks may be performed formally or informally.
     
  • Tasks are grouped into knowledge areas. Business analysts perform tasks from all knowledge areas sequentially, iteratively, or simultaneously.

 

International Institute of Business Analysis. A Guide to Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) (Section 1.4.3, Kindle Locations 289-290). International Institute of Business Analysis. Kindle Edition. 

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A business analysis initiative may start with any task, although likely candidates are _____ or _____.

 

A business analysis initiative may start with any task, although likely candidates are Analyze Current State or Measure Solution Performance.

 

International Institute of Business Analysis. A Guide to Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) (Section 1.4.3, Kindle Locations 298-300). International Institute of Business Analysis. Kindle Edition. 

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True or False - Each input must be complete for the associated task to begin.

False. There is no assumption that the presence of an input means that the associated deliverable is complete or in its final state. The input only needs to be sufficiently complete to allow successive work to begin.

 

International Institute of Business Analysis. A Guide to Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) (Kindle Locations Section 1.4.3, 324-326). International Institute of Business Analysis. Kindle Edition. 

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_____ describes the key concepts that are needed to understand how to perform the task.

 

Elements key concepts that are needed to understand how to perform a task.

Notes:

  • Elements are not mandatory as part of performing a task, and their usage might depend upon the business analysis approach.

 

International Institute of Business Analysis. A Guide to Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) (Section, 1.4.3, Kindle Locations 330-331). International Institute of Business Analysis. Kindle Edition. 

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True or False - A task may be completed without an output being in its final state.

True. As with inputs, an instance of a task may be completed without an output being in its final state. Tasks that use a specific output do not necessarily have to wait for its completion for work within the task to begin.

 

International Institute of Business Analysis. A Guide to Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) (Section 1.4.3, Kindle Locations 348-349). International Institute of Business Analysis. Kindle Edition. 

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_____describe how to determine whether a person is demonstrating skills in this underlying competency.

Effectiveness Measures describe how to determine whether a person is demonstrating skills in this underlying competency.

 

International Institute of Business Analysis. A Guide to Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) (Section 1.4.4, Kindle Locations 365-366). International Institute of Business Analysis. Kindle Edition. 

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_____ provide additional information on ways that a task may be performed.

 

Techniques provide additional information on ways that a task may be performed.

 

International Institute of Business Analysis. A Guide to Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) (Section 1.4.5, Kindle Location 368). International Institute of Business Analysis. Kindle Edition. 

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