The WHW Theory

The WHW theory looks at the relationship between knowledge areas, underlying competencies, and perspectives. Implement this theory by asking the following three questions and grouping the Knowledge Areas (KAs) under them:

W – What Does a BA Do?

These are the innermost KA’s. The tasks that are part of these knowledge areas are “What” we do as business analysts (at the core of it).

H – How Does a BA Work?

These are the KA’s surrounding the inner KA’s. The tasks that are part of these knowledge areas are “How” we go about doing business analysis.

W – Who is An Effective BA?

The ‘Who’ includes the Underlying Competencies and BA core concept model. Eg: skills, knowledge, personal traits, the ability to understand how to apply business analysis tasks in different contexts and project types.