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Tools & Techniques for BABOK® Guide v3

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Tools & Techniques for BABOK® Guide v3
BABOK® Guide v3 Knowledge Area Elements
Knowledge Area Topic Definition
Enterprise Architect Sample Models
Enterprise Architect Business Analysis Diagrams
Detailed Model Element Properties
Comprehensive User Guide

Sparx Systems, together with the International Institute of Business Analysis™ (IIBA®),
has announced the public Beta release of a toolkit for IIBA's Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide v3),
supported by Sparx Systems' Pro Cloud Server and an MDG Technology within Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect

The Ultimate Toolkit for Business Analysts

Manage projects with confidence!

Improved efficiency, practical real-world modeling examples.

Enterprise Architect can help model and extend BABOK Guide v3 guidelines and principles, to help all stakeholders achieve superior results.

Understand practical examples of how to implement BABOK Guide v3 techniques, using links to online help and model patterns.

Toolkit for Business Analysts:

This toolset will prepare Business Analysts to meet any challenge with instant access to a substantial and respected body of knowledge from the IIBA, in a convenient and familiar web-based format.

The Ultimate BA's Toolkit: Enterprise Architect with MDG Technology for BABOK, Tools & Techniques for the BABOK Guide v3 plus the BABOK Guide v3 from IIBA
Tools & Techniques for BABOK Guide v3

Tools & Techniques for BABOK Guide v3:

The Tools & Techniques for BABOK Guide v3 start page represents Knowledge Areas as columns, while each cell represents a specific Task within the Knowledge Area.

Knowledge Areas 1 and 2 of the BABOK Guide v3 describe the structure and key concepts of the Guide itself and are not included in the Tools and Techniques solution.

Knowledge Areas:

Knowledge Area 3:
Business Analysis Planning & Monitoring

This knowledge area represents tasks that business analysts will use to plan out their project, setting out the fundamental parameters for successful outcomes.

Knowledge Area Tasks:

  • Planning Business Analysis Approach
  • Plan Stakeholder Engagement
  • Plan Business Analysis Governance
  • Identify Business Analysis Performance Improvements

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Knowledge Area 4:
Elicitation & Collaboration

The functions indicated in this knowledge area focus on the collection and verification of business intelligence, as well as optimal methods for effective stakeholder communication.

Knowledge Area Tasks:

  • Prepare for Elicitation
  • Conduct Elicitation
  • Confirm Elicitation Results
  • Communicate Business Analysis Information
  • Manage Stakeholder Collaboration

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Knowledge Area 5:
Requirements Life Cycle Management

The collection of tasks associated with this knowledge area look at best practices for requirements management and maintenance throughout the complete project, including regulating change and obtaining stakeholder consensus.

Knowledge Area Tasks:

  • Trace Requirements
  • Maintain Requirements
  • Prioritise Requirements
  • Assess Requirements Changes
  • Approve Requirements

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Knowledge Area 6:
Strategy Analysis

Tasks associated within this knowledge area look at the application of business capabilities in order to attain planned outcomes, be they enterprise-wide, or with a more granular focus.

Knowledge Area Tasks:

  • Analyze Current State
  • Define Future State
  • Assess Risks
  • Define Change Strategy

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Knowledge Area 7:
Requirements Analysis & Design Definition

This knowledge area represents tasks to format requirements, such as validation, verification and prioritization, establishing solution options and estimates of potential benefit to the enterprise.

Knowledge Area Tasks:

  • Specify and Model Requirements
  • Verify Requirements
  • Validate Requirements
  • Define Requirements Architecture
  • Define Design Options
  • Analyse Potential Value and Recommend Solution

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Knowledge Area 8:
Solution Evaluation

Tasks associated with this knowledge area concern the measurement of business value resulting from the project, also identifying any perceived obstructions that may potentially reduce optimal benefits to the organization.

Knowledge Area Tasks:

  • Measure Solution Performance
  • Analyze Performance Measures
  • Assess Solution Limitations
  • Assess Enterprise Limitations
  • Recommend Actions to Increase Solution Value

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Enterprise Architect Sample Models

Maintain Project Momentum:

Included with the Tools & Techniques for BABOK Guide v3 solution, Enterprise Architect Sample Models contain a selection of pre-populated models, allowing Business Analysts to start modeling quickly, easily accessible from your Internet-connected smartphone, tablet or laptop.

Easy Preformatted Models:

Access sample models that show you how BABOK Guide v3 concepts can be referenced using Enterprise Architect.

Sample Model Domains:

  • Strategy and Planning
  • Elicitation and Collaboration
  • Business and Process Modeling

Keep Focus On Your Project:

Specific to Business Analysis Knowledge Area topics within the BABOK Guide v3, corresponding Enterprise Architect sample models facilitate unparalleled productivity for Business Analysts.

Sample Model Domains:

  • Requirements Modeling
  • Business and Systems Analysis
  • Solution Modeling

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Knowledge Area Drill Down

Example Topic:
Stakeholder Requirements

Business Analysts can easily investigate their Knowledge Area topic of interest, then drill down into sample models.

Using Tools & Techniques for BABOK Guide v3:

  • The Business Analyst selects the Trace Requirements topic (5.1)
  • Tools & Techniques diagram illustrates elements of the Trace Requirements topic
  • The Business Analyst selects the Stakeholders element
  • The Stakeholders model element offers a description, location and properties

Sample Model:
Stakeholder Requirements

Corresponding sample models can be quickly identified and used as a basis for starting projects.

Using Enterprise Architect Sample Models:

  • The Business Analyst selects to Stakeholder Requirements sample model
  • Sample Requirement Models and explanation notes offer context, using familiar terminology for BA's
  • Each sample Requirement Model is furnished with a description, properties, location, relationship, tagged values, issues and discussion components
Pro Cloud Server

Collaborate on models like never before...

The Sparx Systems Pro Cloud Server opens your entire enterprise to your modeling efforts, enabling stakeholders to have secure access for discussion and review.

The Tools & Techniques for BABOK Guide v3 solution is a model hosted on Pro Cloud Server, enabling not just Business Analysts, but all project members, to collaborate directly with the project... anywhere... anytime.

Individual organizations can host Pro Cloud Server on their corporate cloud, or hosted on an external cloud services provider, accessible via LAN, WAN or Internet.

MDG* Technology for BABOK Guide v3

Create model patterns, implement BABOK Guide v3 frameworks in projects.

Using Enterprise Architect's powerful model wizard, model patterns for all BABOK Guide v3 options can be created:

  • The Framework
  • Technique Pattern
  • Standard Documents

Choose parts of the model pattern relevant to the project, such as Standards, References and the Value Chain, from model patterns.

Customize a variety of business process and organization charts to accurately represent your business model.

* Model Driven Generation (MDG) Technology for BABOK Guide v3 is freely available for all editions of Enterprise Architect.

Intuitive template driven modeling accommodates terms familiar to BA's.

Policies, practices and techniques that Business Analysts are familiar with in the BABOK Guide v3 are represented as model templates to help get you started.

The model templates help provide structure while maintaining deep connections to BABOK Guide v3 knowledge and techniques, resulting in better business outcomes and project success.

Refer to the BABOK Guide v3 on a tablet or mobile device to read documentation, see examples and learn how to implement techniques within Enterprise Architect; also take advantage of built-in communication, traceability and collaboration features.

IIBA® / Sparx Systems Strategic Alliance

providing greater value to the global business community

The Enterprise Architect Reference Model for BABOK Guide v3 is the product of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organizations in 2015, which aims to "create greater connections and engagements across the business analysis community".

Webinars, Resources & Features

Webinar product demonstrations:

Co-hosted by IIBA and Sparx Systems

Strategic Alliance partners IIBA and Sparx Systems are currently developing a series of Webinars, showcasing the Tools & Techniques for BABOK Guide v3, Enterprise Architect Sample Models and MDG Technology for BABOK Guide v3.

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