Friday, July 18, 2014

Terminology – the key to SUCCESS

Understanding different words (Terminologies) are the first step to start learning anything new.  Say, it ‘s a language or it can be a new business domain.  Of course, when we want to learn a language, we need to learn many things other than just words. 

Understanding the key words could be an effective start.  For example: If you look at a small kid, when he or she starts speaking they hardly know anything about the language.  They simply start speaking words!  This is a natural gift to all human beings.  If you can understand the terminology, you have made a quick start. 

Business Analysis as a practice is yet to get its full maturity.  It’s evolving.  When you compare with software engineering, project management or requirements engineering, business analysis is still at a nascent stage as a practice.  When we look at the terminology used in business analysis, we can easily find relations to the above said matured disciplines.

"In this series, I am covering the business analysis terminology as I have understood with many years of experience as a subject matter expert.   How are these terminologies and concepts are detailed in software engineering?  Nothing is completely different, there are adaptations, but core is the same.

I am taking a closer look at the ‘Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge’ (SWEBOK) Ver.3 from Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), ‘A Software Engineering Body of Knowledge’ Ver.1.0 (SWE-BOK) from Software Engineering Institute of Carnegie Mellon University (SEI – CMU), ‘IBM Rational RUP’ (Rational Unified Process) and ‘Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK) v2 from Internal Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA).

This will help us to get a deeper understanding for each of the terminologies from a variety of point of views.  Looking it at from the IEEE (SWEBOK) standards, SEI’s maturity models (CMMI), from the software engineering and software development point of view of IBM Rational RUP along with the domain neutral approach of IIBA (BABOK), we will able to get a broad perspective.

Drawing it on a larger canvas will hopefully bring better levels of understanding of the subject.  Hope you will enjoy the same!

Please do come back!  I am starting the same soon.

Happy Reading.