First off, if you didn’t get a chance to attend the webcast, I understand it will be available via the IIBA website in about 4 business days.
Secondly, Kevin and Julian did a nice job with the presentation today and answered a lot of questions. I am glad I attended. Maybe it’s my inner geek coming to the surface, but I was really pretty excited by some of the ideas IIBA is working on and about the new and improved body of knowledge.
I have to admit that I had let my membership lapse over the past few months and had to renew just a few minutes ago just so I can get my hands on a copy of the updated BABOK.
Anyway, below are just a few notes I jotted down while listening that I thought my readers might find interesting.
For v2.0, the IIBA made a conscious effort to ensure that the BOK reflects the techniques used by most business analysts, and it applies to a wider range of methods, including agile and BPM.
I recall some felt that previous BABOK offerings were more traditional, waterfall-type methodology-centric. 2.0 has been mapped against CMMI, agile and DoD methods so far to name a few and is relevant to practitioners using all these methodologies.
What’s next for IIBA?
Here’s the stuff that really interested me. There are no plans or dates for the next version of the BABOK as yet. Instead, the IIBA is working on things such as:
- Developing specialty-based extensions to the BABOK, such as for the strategic planning-level BA.
- Launching a community portal for IIBA members. According to Julian, the community will represent IIBA’s efforts to integrate new media and the professional development experience. Expect the community to include collaborative projects on the topic of business analysis, blogs, wikis, group discussions, whitepapers, links to existing resources with ratings by the community and lots of other goodies.
- Providing the BABOK in wiki format on the community portal. The intent here is to allow community to annotate, add detail, and discuss/refine BOK content. It will enable IIBA to gather feedback from the community to help identify gaps, and it doesn’t have some of the same constraints that a printed document has. In Kevin’s words, it could really become “an encyclopedic resource.”
- Finding common ground with other professional organizations. PMI was mentioned specifically. It will be interesting to see what synergies can be reached between the two organizations. At the same time, the effort to map the BABOK to other methodologies will continue.
So, what about the CBAP?
- The CBAP exam will remain based on 1.6 until July 31, 2009. August 1 or later will be against v2.0.
- The updated exam for 2.0 hasn’t been written yet.
- Solution assessment & validation will be more important (weighted more) in the 2.0 exams.
- Another webcast will be scheduled later to discuss the CBAP exam specifically.
Well, there you have my highlights in about 500 words. Obviously much more was covered, such as translation of the BOK into other languages, key differences between 1.6 and 2.0 regarding the knowledge areas, and other items.
Do check out the webinar when it comes out for all the details.
So, did any of you attend the webinar? What were your thoughts and impressions on the whole deal?