Differences between BABOK version 2 and BABOK version 3

Many Business Analyst’s who got their CBAP or CCBA certification with the BABOK version 2 would like to know what has changed in BABOK version 3.

BABOK version 3 was released in April 2015, and it included many changes, some of these changes included the addition of 16 new techniques, and five new perspectives on Business Analysis.

Here is a detailed comparison of the differences between the knowledge areas and the tasks in BABOK v2 and BABOK v3.

BABOK Version 2BABOK Version 3
2.0 BA Planning and Monitoring – v2.0 tasks3.0 BA Planning and Monitoring – v3.0 tasks
2.1 Plan Business Analysis Approach3.1 Plan Business Analysis Approach
2.2 Conduct Stakeholder Analysis3.2 Plan Stakeholder Engagement
2.3 Plan Business Analysis Activities3.3 Plan Business Analysis Governance
2.4 Plan Business Analysis Communication3.4 Plan Business Analysis Information Management
2.5 Plan Requirements Management Process3.5 Communicate Requirements
2.6 Manage Business Analysis Performance
3.0 Elicitation – v2.0 tasks 4.0 Elicitation and Collaboration – v3.0 tasks
3.1 Prepare for Elicitation4.1 Prepare for Elicitation
3.2 Conduct Elicitation Activity4.2 Conduct Elicitation
3.3 Document Elicitation Results4.3 Confirm Elicitation Results
3.4 Confirm Elicitation Results4.4 Communicate Business Analysis Information
3.5 Communicate Requirements4.5 Manage Stakeholder Collaboration
4.0 Requirements Management and Communication – v2.0 tasks5.0 Requirements Life Cycle Management – v.3.0 tasks
4.1 Manage Solution Scope and Requirements5.1 Trace Requirements
4.2 Manage Requirements5.2 Maintain Requirements
4.3 Maintain Requirements for Re-Use5.3 Prioritize Requirements
4.4 Prepare Requirements Package5.4 Assess Requirements Changes
4.5 Communicate Requirements5.5 Approve Requirements
5.0 Enterprise Analysis – v2.0 tasks6.0 Strategy Analysis – v3.0 tasks
5.1 Define Business Need6.1 Analyze Current State
5.2 Assess Capability Gaps6.2 Define Future State
5.3 Determine Solution Approach6.3 Assess Risks
5.4 Define Solution Scope6.4 Define Change Strategy
5.5 Define Business Case6.5 Verify Requirements
6.6 Validate Requirements
6.0 Requirements Analysis – v2.0 tasks7.0 Requirements Analysis and Design Definition – v3.0 tasks
6.1 Prioritize Requirements7.1 Specify and Model Requirements
6.2 Organize Requirements7.2 Verify Requirements
6.3 Specify and Model Requirements7.3 Validate Requirements
6.4 Define Assumptions and Constraints7.4 Define Requirements Architecture
6.5 Verify Requirements7.5 Define Design Options
6.6 Validate Requirements7.6 Analyze Potential Value and Recommend Solution
7.0 Solution Assessment & Validation – v2.0 tasks8.0 Solution Evaluation – v3.0 tasks
7.1 Assess Proposed Solution8.1 Measure Solution Performance
7.2 Allocate Requirements8.2 Analyze Performance Measures
7.3 Assess Organizational Readiness8.3 Assess Solution Limitations
7.4 Define Transition Requirements8.4 Assess Enterprise Limitations
7.5 Validate Solution8.5 Recommend Actions to Increase Solution Value
7.6 Evaluate Solution Performance