The Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK) defines business analysis as:
Business analysis is the set of tasks and techniques used to work as a liaison among stakeholders in order to understand the structure, policies, and operations of an organization, and to recommend solutions that enable the organization to achieve its goals.
We’ve been exploring this more as we’ve been working on the Agile Extension to the BABOK, and recently Kevin Brennan (our Product Owner) suggested modifying this to make the discipline of business analysis sound less like a translator of business and technical jargon.
So, here is an alternative shorter suggesion:
Business analysis defines the capabilities that enable an organization to deliver value to its stakeholders.
What are your thoughts?
Clearly this definition would still be expanded to talk about the tasks and techniques, but as a rallying call there is some real strength in the simplicity and minimalism of this definition — and it also neatly includes business architecture within the scope too, which is a good thing.
Let’s get a discussion going…