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A G U I D E T O T H E B U S I N E S S A N A LY S I S
B O DY O F K N O W L ED GE

BABOK

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A GUIDE TO THE BUSINESS ANALYSIS
BODY OF KNOWLEDGE

International Institute of Business Analysis, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


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Table of Contents

1.1
1.2
1.3
1.4

Purpose of the BABOK Guide 1


What is Business Analysis? 2
Who is a Business Analyst? 2
Structure of the BABOK Guide 3

Chapter 2: Business Analysis Key Concepts


2.1
2.2
2.3
2.4
2.5

The Business Analysis Core Concept Model 12


Key Terms 14
Requirements Classification Schema 16
Stakeholders 16
Requirements and Designs 19

Chapter 3: Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring


3.1
3.2
3.3
3.4
3.5

Plan Business Analysis Approach 24


Plan Stakeholder Engagement 31
Plan Business Analysis Governance 37
Plan Business Analysis Information Management 42
Identify Business Analysis Performance Improvements 47

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Chapter 1: Introduction

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Chapter 4: Elicitation and Collaboration


4.1
4.2
4.3
4.4
4.5

Prepare for Elicitation 56


Conduct Elicitation 61
Confirm Elicitation Results 65
Communicate Business Analysis Information 67
Manage Stakeholder Collaboration 71

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Chapter 5: Requirements Life Cycle Management


5.1
5.2
5.3
5.4
5.5

Trace Requirements 79
Maintain Requirements 83
Prioritize Requirements 86
Assess Requirements Changes 91
Approve Requirements 95

Chapter 6: Strategy Analysis


6.1
6.2
6.3
6.4

Analyze Current State 103


Define Future State 110
Assess Risks 120
Define Change Strategy 124

Chapter 7: Requirements Analysis and Design Definition


7.1
7.2
7.3
7.4
7.5
7.6

Specify and Model Requirements 136


Verify Requirements 141
Validate Requirements 144
Define Requirements Architecture 148
Define Design Options 152
Analyze Potential Value and Recommend Solution 157

Chapter 8: Solution Evaluation


8.1
8.2
8.3
8.4
8.5

Measure Solution Performance 166


Analyze Performance Measures 170
Assess Solution Limitations 173
Assess Enterprise Limitations 177
Recommend Actions to Increase Solution Value 182

Chapter 9: Underlying Competencies


9.1

Analytical Thinking and Problem Solving 188


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9.2
9.3
9.4
9.5
9.6

Behavioural Characteristics 194


Business Knowledge 199
Communication Skills 203
Interaction Skills 207
Tools and Technology 211

Chapter 10: Techniques


Acceptance and Evaluation Criteria 217
Backlog Management 220
Balanced Scorecard 223
Benchmarking and Market Analysis 226
Brainstorming 227
Business Capability Analysis 230
Business Cases 234
Business Model Canvas 236
Business Rules Analysis 240
Collaborative Games 243
Concept Modelling 245
Data Dictionary 247
Data Flow Diagrams 250
Data Mining 253
Data Modelling 256
Decision Analysis 261
Decision Modelling 265
Document Analysis 269
Estimation 271
Financial Analysis 274
Focus Groups 279
Functional Decomposition 283
Glossary 286
Interface Analysis 287
Interviews 290
Item Tracking 294
Lessons Learned 296
Metrics and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) 297
Mind Mapping 299
Non-Functional Requirements Analysis 302
Observation 305
Organizational Modelling 308
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10.1
10.2
10.3
10.4
10.5
10.6
10.7
10.8
10.9
10.10
10.11
10.12
10.13
10.14
10.15
10.16
10.17
10.18
10.19
10.20
10.21
10.22
10.23
10.24
10.25
10.26
10.27
10.28
10.29
10.30
10.31
10.32

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10.33
10.34
10.35
10.36
10.37
10.38
10.39
10.40
10.41
10.42
10.43
10.44
10.45
10.46
10.47
10.48
10.49
10.50

Prioritization 311
Process Analysis 314
Process Modelling 318
Prototyping 323
Reviews 326
Risk Analysis and Management 329
Roles and Permissions Matrix 333
Root Cause Analysis 335
Scope Modelling 338
Sequence Diagrams 341
Stakeholder List, Map, or Personas 344
State Modelling 348
Survey or Questionnaire 350
SWOT Analysis 353
Use Cases and Scenarios 356
User Stories 359
Vendor Assessment 361
Workshops 363

Chapter 11: Perspectives


11.1
11.2
11.3
11.4
11.5

The Agile Perspective 368


The Business Intelligence Perspective 381
The Information Technology Perspective 394
The Business Architecture Perspective 408
The Business Process Management Perspective 424

Appendix A: Glossary 441


Appendix B: Techniques to Task Mapping 457
Appendix C: Contributors 473
Appendix D: Summary of Changes from BABOK Guide v 2.0 483

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Preface
IIBA was founded in Toronto, Canada in October of 2003 to support the business analysis community
by:
creating and developing awareness and recognition of the value and contribution of the business
analyst,
defining the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK),
providing a forum for knowledge sharing and contribution to the business analysis profession, and

The Body of Knowledge Committee was formed in October of 2004 to define and draft a global
standard for the practice of business analysis. In January of 2005, IIBA released version 1.0 of A Guide
to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK Guide) for feedback and comment. That version
included an outline of the proposed content and some key definitions. Version 1.4 was released in
October of 2005, with draft content in some knowledge areas. Version 1.6, which included detailed
information regarding most of the knowledge areas, was published in draft form in June of 2006 and
updated to incorporate errata in October of 2008.
The Body of Knowledge Committee developed version 2.0 of A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of
Knowledge (BABOK Guide) with the guidance of expert writing teams, and feedback garnered from
expert, practitioner, and public reviews. Version 2.0 introduced such concepts as the Requirements
Classification Schema and the Input/Output models. Version 2.0 was published in 2009 and became the
globally recognized standard for the practice of business analysis.
Following the publication of version 2.0, IIBA sought out a number of recognized experts in business
analysis and related fields and solicited their feedback on the content of that edition. The Body of
Knowledge Committee used these comments to plan the vision and scope of this revision. The Body of
Knowledge Committee worked with teams of expert writers to revise and update the content. The
revised draft of A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK Guide) was reviewed
by teams of both expert and practitioner reviewers. The Body of Knowledge Committee used the
feedback provided to further enhance and refine the text and then made the content available to the
business analysis community for review in 2014. The thousands of items of feedback from this public
review were used to further revise the text to form A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of
Knowledge (BABOK Guide) version 3.0.
The goal of this revision was to:
incorporate new concepts and practices in use since the last revision,
address the broadening and evolving scope of the profession,
incorporate lessons learned from practitioners who have worked with the current version,
improve the readability and usability of the guide,
improve the consistency and quality of text and illustrations, and
improve consistency with other generally accepted standards relating to the practice of business
analysis.

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publicly recognizing and certifying qualified practitioners through an internationally


acknowledged certification program.

The major changes in this release include:


the inclusion of the Business Analysis Core Concept Model (BACCM),
the expanded scope of the role of business analysis in creating better business outcomes,
the inclusion of Perspectives which describe specialized ways in which business analysis
professionals provide unique value to the enterprise,
new and expanded Underlying Competencies to better reflect the diverse skill sets of the business
analyst, and
new techniques that have emerged in the practice of business analysis.

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This publication supersedes A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK Guide)
version 2.0.
The BABOK Guide contains a description of generally accepted practices in the field of business
analysis. The content included in this release has been verified through reviews by practitioners, surveys
of the business analysis community, and consultations with recognized experts in the field. The data
available to IIBA demonstrates that the tasks and techniques described in this publication are in use by a
majority of business analysis practitioners. As a result, we can have confidence that the tasks and
techniques described in the BABOK Guide should be applicable in most contexts where business
analysis is performed, most of the time.
The BABOK Guide should not be construed to mandate that the practices described in this publication
should be followed under all circumstances. Any set of practices must be tailored to the specific
conditions under which business analysis is being performed. In addition, practices which are not
generally accepted by the business analysis community at the time of publication may be equally
effective, or more effective, than the practices described in the BABOK Guide. As such practices
become generally accepted, and as data is collected to verify their effectiveness, they will be
incorporated into future editions of this publication. IIBA encourages all practitioners of business
analysis to be open to new approaches and new ideas, and wishes to encourage innovation in the
practice of business analysis.
IIBA would like to extend its thanks and the thanks of the business analysis community to all those who
volunteered their time and effort to the development of this revision, as well as those who provided
informal feedback to us in other ways.

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Introduction

1.1

Purpose of the BABOK Guide


The primary purpose of the BABOK Guide is to define the profession of business
analysis and provide a set of commonly accepted practices. It helps practitioners
discuss and define the skills necessary to effectively perform business analysis
work. The BABOK Guide also helps people who work with and employ business
analysts to understand the skills and knowledge they should expect from a skilled
practitioner.
Business analysis is a broad profession in which business analysts might perform
work for many different types of initiatives across an enterprise. Practitioners may
employ different competencies, knowledge, skills, terminology, and attitudes that
they use when performing business analysis tasks. The BABOK Guide is a
common framework for all perspectives, describing business analysis tasks that
are performed to properly analyze a change or evaluate the necessity for a
change. Tasks may vary in form, order, or importance for individual business
analysts or for various initiatives.
The six knowledge areas of the BABOK Guide (Business Analysis Planning and
Monitoring, Elicitation and Collaboration, Requirements Life Cycle Management,
Strategy Analysis, Requirements Analysis and Design Definition (RADD), and
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A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK Guide) is the


globally recognized standard for the practice of business analysis. The BABOK
Guide describes business analysis knowledge areas, tasks, underlying
competencies, techniques and perspectives on how to approach business
analysis.

What is Business Analysis?

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Solution Evaluation) describe the practice of business analysis as it is applied


within the boundaries of a project or throughout enterprise evolution and
continuous improvement. The following image shows how three of the
knowledge areas support the delivery of business value before, during, and after
the life cycle of a project.
Figure 1.1.1: Business Analysis Beyond Projects

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Project
Pre-Project

Project

Post-Project

Rationale

Delivery

Benefits

Strategy Analysis
RADD
Solution Evaluation

1.2

What is Business Analysis?


Business analysis is the practice of enabling change in an enterprise by defining
needs and recommending solutions that deliver value to stakeholders. Business
analysis enables an enterprise to articulate needs and the rationale for change,
and to design and describe solutions that can deliver value.
Business analysis is performed on a variety of initiatives within an enterprise.
Initiatives may be strategic, tactical, or operational. Business analysis may be
performed within the boundaries of a project or throughout enterprise evolution
and continuous improvement. It can be used to understand the current state, to
define the future state, and to determine the activities required to move from the
current to the future state.
Business analysis can be performed from a diverse array of perspectives. The
BABOK Guide describes several of these perspectives: agile, business
intelligence, information technology, business architecture, and business process
management. A perspective can be thought of as a lens through which the
business analysis practitioner views their work activities based on the current
context. One or many perspectives may apply to an initiative, and the perspectives
outlined in the BABOK Guide do not represent all the contexts for business
analysis or the complete set of business analysis disciplines.

1.3

Who is a Business Analyst?


A business analyst is any person who performs business analysis tasks described in
the BABOK Guide, no matter their job title or organizational role. Business
analysts are responsible for discovering, synthesizing, and analyzing information
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from a variety of sources within an enterprise, including tools, processes,


documentation, and stakeholders. The business analyst is responsible for eliciting
the actual needs of stakeholderswhich frequently involves investigating and
clarifying their expressed desiresin order to determine underlying issues and
causes.
Business analysts play a role in aligning the designed and delivered solutions with
the needs of stakeholders. The activities that business analysts perform include:
understanding enterprise problems and goals,
analyzing needs and solutions,
devising strategies,
driving change, and

Other common job titles for people who perform business analysis include:
business architect,
business systems analyst,
data analyst,
enterprise analyst,
management consultant,
process analyst,
product manager,
product owner,
requirements engineer, and
systems analyst.

1.4

Structure of the BABOK Guide


The core content of the BABOK Guide is composed of business analysis tasks
organized into knowledge areas. Knowledge areas are a collection of logically
(but not sequentially) related tasks. These tasks describe specific activities that
accomplish the purpose of their associated knowledge area.
The Business Analysis Key Concepts, Underlying Competencies, Techniques, and
Perspectives sections form the extended content in the BABOK Guide that helps
guide business analysts to better perform business analysis tasks.
Business Analysis Key Concepts: define the key terms needed to
understand all other content, concepts, and ideas within the BABOK
Guide.
Underlying Competencies: provide a description of the behaviours,
characteristics, knowledge, and personal qualities that support the effective
practice of business analysis.
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facilitating stakeholder collaboration.

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Techniques: provide a means to perform business analysis tasks. The


techniques described in the BABOK Guide are intended to cover the most
common and widespread techniques practiced within the business analysis
community.
Perspectives: describe various views of business analysis. Perspectives help
business analysts working from various points of view to better perform
business analysis tasks, given the context of the initiative.

1.4.1

Key Concepts
The Business Analysis Key Concepts chapter provides a basic understanding of
the central ideas necessary for understanding the BABOK Guide.

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This chapter consists of:


Business Analysis Core Concept Model (BACCM)
Key Terms
Requirements Classification Schema
Stakeholders
Requirements and Design

1.4.2

Knowledge Areas
Knowledge areas represent areas of specific business analysis expertise that
encompass several tasks.
The six knowledge areas are:

Each knowledge
area includes a
visual
representation of
its inputs and
outputs.

Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring: describes the tasks that


business analysts perform to organize and coordinate the efforts of
business analysts and stakeholders. These tasks produce outputs that are
used as key inputs and guidelines for the other tasks throughout the
BABOK Guide.
Elicitation and Collaboration: describes the tasks that business analysts
perform to prepare for and conduct elicitation activities and confirm the
results obtained. It also describes the communication with stakeholders
once the business analysis information is assembled and the ongoing
collaboration with them throughout the business analysis activities.
Requirements Life Cycle Management: describes the tasks that business
analysts perform in order to manage and maintain requirements and design
information from inception to retirement. These tasks describe establishing
meaningful relationships between related requirements and designs, and
assessing, analyzing and gaining consensus on proposed changes to
requirements and designs.
Strategy Analysis: describes the business analysis work that must be
performed to collaborate with stakeholders in order to identify a need of
strategic or tactical importance (the business need), enable the enterprise to
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address that need, and align the resulting strategy for the change with
higher- and lower-level strategies.
Requirements Analysis and Design Definition: describes the tasks that
business analysts perform to structure and organize requirements
discovered during elicitation activities, specify and model requirements and
designs, validate and verify information, identify solution options that meet
business needs, and estimate the potential value that could be realized for
each solution option. This knowledge area covers the incremental and
iterative activities ranging from the initial concept and exploration of the
need through the transformation of those needs into a particular
recommended solution.

The following diagram shows a general relationship between the knowledge


areas.
Figure 1.4.1: Relationships Between Knowledge Areas
Business Analysis
Planning and
Monitoring

Strategy Analysis

Requirements
Analysis and Design
Definition

Elicitation and
Collaboration

Requirements Life
Cycle Management
Solution Evaluation

1.4.3

Tasks
A task is a discrete piece of work that may be performed formally or informally as
part of business analysis. The BABOK Guide defines a list of business analysis
tasks. The definition of a given task is universally applicable to business analysis
efforts, independent of the initiative type. A business analyst may perform other
activities as assigned by their organization, but these additional activities are not
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Solution Evaluation: describes the tasks that business analysts perform to


assess the performance of and value delivered by a solution in use by the
enterprise, and to recommend removal of barriers or constraints that
prevent the full realization of the value.

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considered to be part of the business analysis profession.


Tasks are grouped into knowledge areas. Business analysts perform tasks from all
knowledge areas sequentially, iteratively, or simultaneously. The BABOK Guide
does not prescribe a process or an order in which tasks are performed. Tasks may
be performed in any order, as long as the necessary inputs to a task are present.
A business analysis initiative may start with any task, although likely candidates
are Analyze Current State (p. 103) or Measure Solution Performance (p. 166).
Each task in the BABOK Guide is presented in the following format:
Purpose
Description

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Inputs
Elements
Guidelines/Tools
Techniques
Stakeholders
Outputs
.1 Purpose
The Purpose section provides a short description of the reason for a business
analyst to perform the task, and the value created through performing the task.
.2 Description
The Description section explains in greater detail what the task is, why it is
performed, and what it should accomplish.
.3 Inputs
The Inputs section lists the inputs for the task. Inputs are information consumed
or transformed to produce an output, and represent the information necessary
for a task to begin. They may be explicitly generated outside the scope of
business analysis or generated by a business analysis task. Inputs that are
generated outside of the business analysis efforts are identified with the qualifier
'(external)' in the input list.
There is no assumption that the presence of an input means that the associated
deliverable is complete or in its final state. The input only needs to be sufficiently
complete to allow successive work to begin. Any number of instances of an input
may exist during the life cycle of an initiative.
The Inputs section includes a visual representation of the inputs and outputs, the
other tasks that use the outputs, as well as the guidelines and tools listed in the
task.
.4 Elements
The Elements section describes the key concepts that are needed to understand
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how to perform the task. Elements are not mandatory as part of performing a
task, and their usage might depend upon the business analysis approach.
.5 Guidelines and Tools
The Guidelines and Tools section lists resources that are required to transform the
input into an output. A guideline provides instructions or descriptions on why or
how to undertake a task. A tool is something used to undertake a task.
Guidelines and tools can include outputs of other tasks.
.6 Techniques
The Techniques section lists the techniques that can be used to perform the
business analysis task.

The Stakeholders section is composed of a generic list of stakeholders who are


likely to participate in performing that task or who will be affected by it. The
BABOK Guide does not mandate that these roles be filled for any given
initiative.
.8 Outputs
The Outputs section describes the results produced by performing the task.
Outputs are created, transformed, or changed in state as a result of the successful
completion of a task. An output may be a deliverable or be a part of a larger
deliverable. The form of an output is dependent on the type of initiative
underway, standards adopted by the organization, and best judgment of the
business analyst as to an appropriate way to address the information needs of key
stakeholders.
As with inputs, an instance of a task may be completed without an output being
in its final state. Tasks that use a specific output do not necessarily have to wait
for its completion for work within the task to begin.

1.4.4

Underlying Competencies
Underlying competencies reflect knowledge, skills, behaviours, characteristics,
and personal qualities that help one successfully perform the role of the business
analyst. These underlying competencies are not unique to the business analysis
profession. However, successful execution of tasks and techniques is often
dependent on proficiency in one or more underlying competencies.
Underlying competencies have the following structure:
Purpose
Definition
Effectiveness Measures

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.7 Stakeholders

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.1 Purpose
The Purpose section describes why it is beneficial for business analysts to have this
underlying competency.
.2 Definition
The Definition section describes the skills and expertise involved in the application
of this competency.
.3 Effectiveness Measures

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The Effectiveness Measures section describes how to determine whether a person


is demonstrating skills in this underlying competency.

1.4.5

Techniques
Techniques provide additional information on ways that a task may be performed.
The list of techniques included in the BABOK Guide is not exhaustive. There are
multiple techniques that may be applied alternatively or in conjunction with other
techniques to accomplish a task. Business analysts are encouraged to modify
existing techniques or engineer new ones to best suit their situation and the goals
of the tasks they perform.
Techniques have the following structure:
Purpose
Description
Elements
Usage Considerations
.1 Purpose
The Purpose section describes what the technique is used for and the
circumstances under which it is most likely to be applicable.
.2 Description
The Description section describes what the technique is and how it is used.
.3 Elements
The Elements section describes key concepts that are needed to understand how
to use the technique.
.4 Usage Considerations
The Usage Considerations section describes the conditions under which the
technique may be more or less effective.

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1.4.6

Perspectives
Perspectives are used within business analysis work to provide focus to tasks and
techniques specific to the context of the initiative. Most initiatives are likely to
engage one or more perspectives. The perspectives included in the BABOK
Guide are:
Agile
Business Intelligence
Information Technology
Business Architecture
Business Process Management

Perspectives are not mutually exclusive, in that a given initiative might employ
more than one perspective.
Perspectives have the following structure:
Change Scope
Business Analysis Scope
Methodologies, Approaches, and Techniques
Underlying Competencies
Impact on Knowledge Areas
.1 Change Scope
The Change Scope section describes what parts of the enterprise the change
encompasses when viewed from this perspective and to what extent it impacts
both the objectives and operations of the enterprise. The change scope also
identifies the type of problems solved, the nature of the solutions being sought,
and the approach to delivering these solutions and measuring their value.
.2 Business Analysis Scope
The Business Analysis Scope section describes the key stakeholders, including a
profile of the likely types of sponsors, the target stakeholders, and the business
analyst's role within an initiative. It also defines likely outcomes that would be
expected from business analysis work in this perspective.
.3 Methodologies, Approaches, and Techniques
The composition of this section is unique to each perspective. In each case it
describes the methodologies, approaches, or techniques that are common and
specific to the application of business analysis in the perspective. Methodologies
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These perspectives do not presume to represent all the possible perspectives from
which business analysis is practiced. The perspectives discussed in the BABOK
Guide represent some of the more common views of business analysis at the time
of writing.

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and approaches are specialized ways of undertaking the business analysis work.
The techniques included in this section are techniques that are not included in the
Techniques chapter of the BABOK Guide but are especially relevant to the
perspective.
In the Business Architecture perspective, reference models are listed instead of
methodologies or approaches. In the Business Process Management perspective,
frameworks are listed instead of approaches.
.4 Underlying Competencies
The Underlying Competencies section describes the competencies that are most
prevalent in the perspective.

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.5 Impact on Knowledge Areas


The Impact on Knowledge Areas section describes how knowledge areas are
applied or modified. It also explains how specific activities within a perspective are
mapped to tasks in the BABOK Guide.

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