BABOK V2 vs. V3 – Comparing the Knowledge Areas

From 2005 to 2016, BABOK has sailed years to emerge out as better-off information set for the Business Analysis practicing aspirants. One of the most used versions of BABOK has been V2 (Version 2), which is set to go through a transformation stage with the newer version, BABOK V3. Before getting stated with guide, it is essential to know the basic modifications the newer version of BABOK i.e. BABOK V3 has got from its predecessor.


Here’s a comparison between the BABOK V2 and BABOK V3 on the basis of knowledge areas and tasks.

Knowledge Areas and Tasks

Focusing on the Knowledge areas, here is the comparison between the two versions in tabular form. Have a look at it.

BABOK V2(Areas)  BABOK V3(Modified/ Removed Areas) Status
BA Planning and Monitoring Business Analysis Planning & Monitoring Unchanged
Elicitation Elicitation and Collaboration Modified
Requirements Management and Communication Requirements Life Cycle Management Modified
Enterprise Analysis Strategy Analysis Modified
Requirements Analysis Requirements Analysis and Design Definition Modified
Solution Assessment & Validation Solution Evaluation Modified

A closer examination:

Looking into the Knowledge area aspects of both the Versions, it can be concluded that the changes are not so dramatic. Though only one KA remains unchanged, the others are merely an alteration rather than significant changes.

Taking an example,

  • The “Elicitation” KA in BABOK v2 is now altered to “Elicitation and Collaboration”
  • The “Requirements Management and Communication” KA in BABOK V2 is modified to “Requirements Life Cycle Management” in BABOK V3
  • The “Enterprise Analysis” can be seen as “Strategy Analysis” in V3

Summarizing the Tasks:

In BABOK v3 comes with a deprecated total of 30 which means the older version had in total of 30 tasks. Talking about the task changes, roughly 21 tasks got modified in the BABOK V3. However, 11 tasks are still the same as V2 versions had. These 11 tasks are neither deleted nor added in the V3.

The Bottom Line

In short, BABOK version 3 is more organized and more efficient than its older version. The refined Knowledge areas and tasks are appropriate enough for the business analysis practicing.

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