BA Tool Kit: Discover 50 Business Analysis Techniques

50 essential methods listed by The BABOK Guide for carrying out Business Analysis tasks

Erivan de Sena Ramos

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“BA Tool Kit: Discover 50 Business Analysis Techniques” by Erivan Ramos. Orginal photo by DCP on Unsplash

Greetings, my fellow Business Analysts! I bet you already know about the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge Guide v3 (BABoK), right? Well, this guidebook is a complete game-changer for us. It’s packed with all the best practices that we need to ensure success in our work. And can you believe it? The BABOK (Chapter 10, p.217–366) recommends not one, not two, but 50 essential techniques that we can use to achieve our Business Analysis goals! It’s like having a supercharged tool kit designed specifically for us. With this in hand, we have everything we need to analyze business requirements and offer the best solutions. So let’s roll up our sleeves and dive into these fantastic techniques. It’s time to take our business analysis game to the next level!

  1. Acceptance and Evaluation Criteria: Establishing the standards and criteria by which a solution or deliverable will be assessed for acceptance.
  2. Backlog Management: Managing and prioritising a list of features, requirements, or items to be addressed in a project or product backlog.
  3. Balanced Scorecard: A performance measurement framework focusing on multiple dimensions, including financial, customer, internal processes, and learning/growth perspectives.
  4. Benchmarking and Market Analysis: Comparing an organisation’s processes, products, or services to those of competitors or industry leaders to identify areas for improvement.
  5. Brainstorming: Generating ideas and solutions through open and collaborative thinking sessions.
  6. Business Capability Analysis: Assessing an organisation’s abilities and resources to achieve its strategic objectives.
  7. Business Cases: Document the rationale and financial justification for a proposed project or investment.
  8. Business Model Canvas: A visual framework representing a business’s value proposition, target customers, channels, revenue streams, and critical activities.
  9. Business Rules Analysis: Identifying and documenting the rules and constraints governing business operations.

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Erivan de Sena Ramos

Business Analysis & Requirements Engineering enthusiast. Information Systems & Software Engineering specialist. MBA in PM & HR. CBAP, PMP, CSM, ITIL & COBIT