Underlying Competencies for Business Analysis

By Carl Herron,
Business Analysis Expert and Instructor

The International Institute for Business Analysis (IIBA®) has categorized the tasks and techniques of Business Analysis into six Knowledge Areas.  These Knowledge Areas are presented in the BABOK® 2.0 (Business Analysis Body of Knowledge®) which is published by the IIBA®.  See the relationships between the six Knowledge Areas in the diagram below (1).

Business Analysis – Knowledge Areas

(1)    Source:  BABOK® 2.0 (Business Analysis Body of Knowledge®)

Supporting each of the six Knowledge Areas is a set of general skills referred to as Underlying Competencies.  Underlying Competencies represent transferable skills that are developed and used over time in organizational and other areas of life.

Below is a list of ten Underlying Competencies and associated concepts that will add value to Business Analysis projects.  

Business Analysis – Underlying Competencies

Business Analysts should develop these and other competencies to increase the likelihood that their project assignments will be successful.  In future blog posts, I will discuss other aspects of BA Knowledge Areas.

What Underlying Competencies would you add to the list to improve the chances of success in Business Analysis?

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