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Decision Modeling and the Business Analyst Body of Knowledge


Some time back I participated in a large group of practitioners working on a new version of A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® . After months of consolidating feedback and updating this (vry thorough) document, the IIBA has announced a public review of version 3. As their own newsletter says:

You can review the entire document or focus only on your areas of expertise and provide your feedback to the international, volunteer Core Team. Be sure to forward this email to your colleagues and friends in the Business Analyst profession and encourage them to participate. The more people from more countries, industries and companies of all sizes who contribute, the stronger this version of the BABOK® Guide will be!
[IIBA has] implemented a new Feedback Collector that makes it easy to submit suggestions, propose edits and provide feedback. To learn how to use this tool, take just a few minutes to watch the video provided.
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I am delighted with several changes in this version of the BABOK Guide:

  • Decision Modeling has been added as a technique, focused primarily on the use of the Decision Model and Notation standard
  • The Business Process Modeling perspective has a solid focus on decisions as peers to business processes and on decisions as a way to embed business rules in business process
  • The Business Intelligence perspective has a nice focus on requirements for more advanced kinds of analytics and makes great use of the decision modeling technique in this context as well as having a more general focus on the importance of modeling decisions so BI can help.

I am excited about this new version and I encourage you to check out the FAQs here and then go ahead and be part of the public review of version 3. Show decision modeling some love!

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