Business Analysis Second Edition – A Book Review
Business Analysis Second Edition is the new edition of a book that was first published in 2006. It is an introductory guide that shows how new IT systems or business processes can be more effective and be better aligned with the organization’s business objectives. The book has become a reference text in the discipline of business analysis in the UK, and partly because of it, changes have happened in the business, management and technology landscape that prompted some revisions for this second edition. However, it is still the same comprehensive book that has become updated and even more relevant.
The second edition comes in paperback and Kindle versions. It was published on July 7, 2010 by the British Informatics Society Ltd. It contains 302 pages and about 0.6 inch thick. The title, edition, and names of authors/editors are all displayed in the upper left part of the book that has a background photo of what seems to be vials filled with bluish fluids. ISBN-10: 1906124612; ISBN-13: 978-1906124618
Business Analysis is for people engaging in the BA practice or interested in the said discipline. It will definitely help business analysts, system analysts, and project managers. However, people with other roles and responsibilities such as IT managers, developers and testers, and even senior management, can also benefit as they gain understanding of an important process that usually happens in the very first phases of the development or implementation of a system.
What Customers Say
Kristi Brown stated that as a new business analyst who was recently transitioned to the role, this book has been her favorite. After reading at least seven different books on the subject, Business Analysis helped her learn and understand the most about the new field she is getting into.
Anna who bought the Kindle edition described it as comprehensive and helpful in preparing her for a P3 ACCA exam.
Content, Approach, Style
Business Analysis is divided into 14 chapters. The first chapter discusses what business analysis is. The second chapter details the competencies that a business analyst should have. The book goes on with a discussion of strategy analysis, the business analysis process model, investigation techniques and other important topics. The approach of the book is comprehensive, tackling history, questions and situations that have existed in organizations and how business analysis can make an impact. It provides definition and discussion of the role and responsibility of the BA as well as the skills and techniques that they should have or can employ to fulfill such role. At the end of every chapter is a summary and references for further reading.
The book is presented in a clear way, with easy-to-understand language and definitions for terms and abbreviations used. Each chapter is divided into sections and subsections with headers. Some paragraphs are long, but the text also employs bulleted lists, figures, and helpful diagrams. Most readers who bought the book described it as an easy read.
Why Buy the Book
Business Analysis is a comprehensive book that is ideal for those new to the discipline. Although it is a great introductory book, experienced analysts will find the discussions on techniques, processes, and models a worthwhile read or a refreshing review.
Books that Complement
The BABOK Guide by the IIBA is the main reference for the principles and best practices standards for business analysis.
Emrah Yayici’s Business Analyst’s Mentor Book is a short book that is easy to bring along anywhere but as applicable to many situations as well.
Business Analysis is a collaborative effort from a team of practitioners and educators in this field. The authors are James Cadle, Malcolm Eva, Keith Hindle, Debra Paul, Craig Rollason, Dot Tudor, and Donald Yeates. Moreover, Debra Paul, Donald Yeates, and James Cadle served as the editors of the book. James Cadle is a veteran in business systems for over 30 years. Debra Paul is the Managing Director of Assist Knowledge Development, a learning company that helps customers develop business and systems improvement skills. Donald Yeates is a veteran IT leader and author of several books on systems analysis and design, project management and business analysis.