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New Post 5/28/2018 9:32 PM
User is offline Ashok Gandi
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Best Books for a BA 

Hi All,

I am working as a Business Analyst in IT Projects. Can somebody suggest a good book which covers the detailed steps involved in Business Analysis from end to end?

Thanks a lot in advance!

Regards

 

 
New Post 6/3/2018 6:13 AM
User is offline Kimbo
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Re: Best Books for a BA 

Hi Ashok,

Suggest you join IIBA. They have loads of books available in their online library that are free for members. I'm a member. 

Kimbo

 
New Post 6/21/2018 3:18 AM
User is offline Ashok Gandi
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Re: Best Books for a BA 

Thank you!

 
New Post 11/14/2018 12:35 AM
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Re: Best Books for a BA 
Modified By Chris Adams  on 11/14/2018 12:13:48 PM)

Business analyst books:

1. Guide to Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (Babok Guide)

About the Book: This Book thoroughly revised and updated version includes: - A concept model that unifies ideas and terminology across business analysis disciplines. Five perspectives are covering the most prominent business analysis disciplines and demonstrating how to apply the knowledge areas in different situations. - Coverage of new business analysis techniques that have gained wide acceptance in the community.

Book details:

Publisher: International Institute of Business Analysis

Edition statement: 3rd Edition

Format: Paperback | 512 pages

Price: US$64.81

Buy this book at bookdepository.com

Free delivery worldwide

2. How to Start a Business Analyst Career

About the Book: The handbook to apply business analysis techniques, select requirements training, and explore job roles. This book promises you to help find your best path forward into a business analyst career.

Book details:

Author: Laura Brandenburg

Format: Paperback

Price: US$30.81

Buy this book at Amazon.com

3. Business Analysis Techniques: 72 Essential Tools for Success

About the book: This book is a huge benefit to business analysts, managers, and students because it provides 72 possible techniques and applies them within a framework of stages such as 'Investigate Situation,' 'Define Requirements' and 'Manage Change.'

Book details:

Author: Paul Turner, Debra Paul, James Cadle

Format: Paperback

Price: US$45.00

Buy this book at Amazon.com

4. The Business Analyst's Handbook

About the book: The Business Analyst's Handbook solves this problem by providing a useful compendium of tools, tables, lists, and templates that BAs can use on-the-job to carry out their tasks. Despite the importance of the job, there is currently no book specifically designed as a comprehensive reference manual for the working BA.

Book details:

Author: Howard Podeswa

Edition Statement: 1st Edition

Format: Paperback

Price: US$23.49

Buy this book at Amazon.com

5. Seven Steps to Mastering Business Analysis

About the book: This book gives insight into the ideal skills and characteristics of successful business analysts and provides a foundation of learning for effecting business analysis work. This guide will also help prepare you for business analysis certification by explaining the tasks and knowledge areas in the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK™).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Possess a clear understanding of business analysis

Chapter 2: Know your audience

Chapter 3: Know your project

Chapter 4: Know your business environment

Chapter 5: Know your technical environment

Chapter 6: Know your analysis techniques

Chapter 7: Increase your value

Book details:

Author: Barbara A. Carkenord, CBAP

Format: Paperback

Price: US$59.95

Buy this book at jrosspub.com

6. UML for the IT Business Analyst

About the book: This book is a practical guide to object-oriented requirements gathering which puts together all of the technology pieces needed to perform the Business Analyst role proficiently.. Upon completion of "UML for the IT Business Analyst," the reader will have created an actual business requirement document using all of the techniques of object-orientation required of a Business Analyst.

Book details:

Publisher: Delmar Learning ©2005

Author: Howard Podeswa

Edition statement: 1st Edition

Buy this book at dl.acm.org

7. 3D Business Analyst

About the book: This book is an Ultimate Hands-on Guide to Mastering Business Analysis, including a unique fusion of three distinct specialties - business analysis (BA), project management (PM) and lean six sigma (LSS) - with traditionally separate skill sets and career paths. Added interview questions and cheat sheets for your shortcut to a Business Analyst job.

Book details:

Publisher: Outskirts Press ©2014

Author: Mohamed Elgendy

Buy this book at dl.acm.org

8. Agile and Business Analysis

About the book: This book comprises practical guidance for it professionals and invaluable to anyone undertaking agile analysis, illustrating that by using new techniques to supplement. It is ideal for business analysts wanting to learn and understand Agile practices, working in an Agile environment, or undertaking Agile certifications.

Book details:

Author: Debra Paul, Lynda Girvan

Publisher: BCS Learning & Development Limited

Buy this book at safaribooksonline.com

9. CBAP/CCBA study guide, updated for exam v3.0

About the book: The CBAP/CCBA Certified Business Analysis Study Guide, Second Edition provides thorough preparation customizable to your needs, to help you maximize your study time and ensure your success. This book offers 100% coverage of all exam objectives for the Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) and Certification of Competency in Business Analysis (CCBA) exams provided by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA).

Book details:

Author: Susan Weese, CBAP, PgMP, PMP | Terri Wagner, MA, PMP, CSM

Edition statement: 2nd Edition

Format: Paperback | E-book

Price: US$60.00 / US$39.99

Buy this book at wiley.com

10. Rapid Agile Business System Analysis: Fast, Agile, Measurable Results

About the book: This is a book about getting the business requirements for a system specified fast and right the very first time - without engaging in an archaeological dig that takes forever. This book is about business-based analysis suitable for building the complex integrated systems for the 21st century. This book is about "agile" business system analysis; and how to create a modern, useful business requirements specification fast, without the tedious constraints of the past, and without the risk often associated with the term "agile."

Book details:

Author: Trond Frantzen

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Format: Paperback | 214 pages

Price: US$23.59

Buy this book at ebay.com


 
New Post 12/24/2018 11:59 AM
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Re: Best Books for a BA 

 

Don't forget the BA Soft Skills!

Below is a reading list that opened my eyes to new ways of seeing the same problems. Not only did they make me a better business analyst, but they also just made me an all-around better person. I know for sure that this material has given me a head start on many aspects of my BA career and just life in general. 

How to Win Friends & Influence People - This book is gold! It is about understanding how people work, so you can work better with them. The most powerful sections, from a BA standpoint, are learning how to tell people they are wrong, without making them hate you, as well as how to inspire people to welcome making changes for the better. If you are going to read only 1 book from this list, it should be this one. 

Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work - You make decisions every day, and you would be amazed at how easy it is to quickly make good ones on a regular basis. Unfortunately, everything you have experienced in life makes you blind to your own biases in making those decisions. Decisive helps you break out of those biases and to make you're a more efficient decision maker.

The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life - Creativity is not genetic. It is a trainable skill. This book essentially breaks down the creative process that comes naturally to some, so it can be accessible to anybody. So you if you want to take on the challenge of being a more creative thinker and problem solver, then this is a must read.

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us - Most people believe the best way to motivate is with rewards. That's a mistake! A Huge One. If you can understand why people do things, then you can more easily understand how to help them do things better!

 
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