BOK Talk – Topics from the BABOK® Coming to Life

BABOK® is probably one of the most important books you will need to read in order to take your craft to the next level. BOK Talk is inspired by the various topics in the BABOK®  and their application in real world projects and scenarios. These episodes will cover various knowledge areas, tasks, underlying competencies, and techniques.

BOK Talk  specifically focuses on:

  • Raising the overall awareness, importance and usefulness of the BABOK®.
  • Bring out different flavors of how the tasks, and techniques are applied across domains.
  • Provide useful nudges to try new tools and techniques.
  • … more topics will be added based on the community needs and feedback.

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Why is Enterprise Analysis not the first knowledge area in the BABOK?

This is one of the most frequent questions I get from students attending the CBAP-CCBA prep courses. This is one of those concepts where the light bulb needs to go off if you have to place it correctly. We discuss this and a lot more about arguably the most controversial chapter in the BABOK.

In this podcast, we deep dive into Enterprise Analysis. It was a lot of fun to discuss this topic with Steve Downer, who is very enthused about this topic. I also got an opportunity to learn a few new things from his wide spectrum of experience.

Here is enterprise analysis (and much more) coming to life from the futuristic Steve Downer:

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“Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.”– Alan Lakein 

In this podcast, a good friend, fellow Torontonian and IIBA Toronto chapter member, Cheryl, shares numerous useful insights on the importance of a requirements management process. We dissect the BABOK section 2.5 (Plan Requirements Management Process), and apply the paint of reality to its various components.

Here is planning of requirements management process coming to life:

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“Good things come in small packages”  

You may have heard of that proverb. While it maybe true about life, it applies to packaging of requirements too.

In this podcast, Jonathan (no stranger to the podcast and the BA community), shares numerous useful insights on packaging requirements. We dissect the BABOK section 4.4 (Prepare Requirements Package Task), and apply the paint of reality to its various components.

Here is packaging of requirements coming to life:

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The Three Musketeers is a phrase which has come from a french novel – Les Trois Mousquetaires.This title was given to 3 inseparable friends who live by the motto, “One for all, and all for one”.

People, process and technology are the three musketeers of a business. Miss out or mistreat one of them you will surely upset the other two.

In this podcast, we take a microscopic look into the people musketeer with the lens of the BABOK and go over the very important task of stakeholder analysis with Mathew Leach.

Here is stakeholder analysis (BABOK 2.2) coming to life:

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This is the part 2 of the two-part introductory discussion with Kevin. In the first episode, Kevin discussed a brief history of the BABOK®, process involved in its creation, a few myths surrounding the BABOK® and also answered a few questions that were asked by the #baot community on twitter.

Here is Kevin Brennan discussing BABOK V3 and answering a few more questions from the BA Community:

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