The Underlying competencies give a wide range of fundamental skills should have. Also, it further defines the requirements for success on-the-job in broader terms.
A business analyst plays an important role in a company’s productivity and profitability. As such, Business Analysts should be able to demonstrate the right mix of skills, knowledge, on-the-job abilities, and they must be able to adapt to the ever-changing requirements in the business world of today.
The International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) in its Business Analysis Book of Knowledge (BABOK Guide) defines the Underlying competencies as traits that character display and groups them into 6 key areas.
The underlying competencies provide the knowledge that will enable Business Analysts to become successful and adaptable business analysts. Skills are one of three facets that make up a competency, knowledge and abilities are the other two. If you can master this set of skills, you will be able to perform your roles and responsibilities as a business analyst.
The underlying competencies are grouped into six categories, and they are:
⇒ Analytical Thinking and Problem Solving
⇒ Behavioural Characteristics
⇒ Business Knowledge
⇒ Communication Skills
⇒ Interaction Skills and
⇒ Tools and Technology
Each of these competency categories comprises of sub-competencies which are further discussed below: