Values of the IIBA

Posted on May 18, 2010 by

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We’ve posted a number of well-read entries on the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) code of ethics, and today we turn our attention to the International Institute of Business Analysis’s (IIBA) values. A copy of their values can be found at http://www.theiiba.org/Content/NavigationMenu/About/GuidingPrinciples/IIBA_Values_2010.pdf.

The four core values of the IIBA are: Respect, Integrity, Shared Vision, and Innovation.  Each of these values has four to five bullet points that describe the corresponding desirable behaviors. The value of Respect contains the Golden Rule; and as may be expected, the value of Integrity includes honesty. Similar to PMI’s code of ethics, avoiding conflicts of interest, maintaining confidentiality, and honoring commitments are all deemed as important for members of the profession.  What I like about this set of values is that it’s not generic—it clearly relates to what is specifically good behavior for a business analyst. Even without knowing to which profession the values belong, a quick read makes it obvious that they are directed towards professional team members.  Also, it is not surprising that a relatively young organization would value innovation and sharing a vision. “Never stop learning” (an Innovation behavior) and the organization’s flexible methodological approach demonstrates their desire to adapt to and shape the future.