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The Business Analyst's Handbook [Paperback]

Howard Podeswa
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Book Description

Dec 8 2008
The Business Analyst (BA) plays an important role as liaison between business stakeholders and the technical team (software developers, vendors, etc.), ensuring that business needs are reflected in any software solution. Despite the importance of the job, there is currently no book specifically designed as a comprehensive reference manual for the working BA. 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. For example, you might be preparing for an interview session and use the book's checklist of interviewees to verify whether there is appropriate coverage of business stakeholders. Or you might be asked to review some diagrams and refer to the Glossaries of Symbols (organized by diagram type) for guidance. Or you may be asked to prepare textual requirements documentation and refer to the Business Requirement template for a list of artifacts and table of contents. Whatever your BA needs, the Business Analyst's Handbook places the necessary information right at your fingertips.

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The author is a sought-after speaker at Business Analysis conference - most recently BA World San Francisco and Vancouver. He plays a leading role in the industry (Business Analysis), as designer of BA training programs for a number of large training institutions (Boston University, TriOS, Humber College, etc.), Subject Matter Expert for the NITAS BA program (co-sponsored by US Dept. of Labor and CompTIA), and reviewer of the profession's standard book of best practices (the BABOK, owned by the International Institute of Business Analysis). Podeswa, through his role as Director for Noble Inc., has provided BA services internationally to a diverse client base, including the Canadian military (MASIS), the U.S. nuclear industry and the insurance and finance sectors.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fairly good book to reference than anything else Dec 30 2008
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I have read many Business Analyst like books and article, this is one definitely far better than others. It does tell you how to use the best practices per project and lets you use you own judgment as BABOK is concerned. One word of caution, the Table of Contents of this is out of sync especially the Template section (actually starts at Page 241 not 231), so you have to hunt the right pages to read up on something which is a very minor error. I would still recommend this book to anyone who needs quick reference to BA knowledge material.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Rely on Howard Podeswa's BA Handbook as a one-stop shop to decipher any new semantics you encounter in the definition of change requirements to be implemented in a software solution. The author cautions that it's not an easy read cover to cover...he's right! BUT, it's invaluable for reference. Say, you're new to UML and your Tech Analyst says: "Oh! boy...we'll need a polymorphic design to implement that lot." No prob...it's in there. You'll be able to say "Right!" and know why. Stick this book where you store your most important BA process assets.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference BA Book April 19 2009
A great reference book. It has numerous templates, guidelines & checklist. It also supports both ITIL and UML. Artifacts are well defined: What, When, Where. Why, Alternatives are clearly illustrated. It references IIBA BABoK Version 1.6 (note Version 2 was issued on March 31, 2009).
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have tool for any BA! May 25 2010
This is an excellent resource for any BA at any level. If you are just starting your career or an experienced BA this handbook is a must have in your library. It is clearly organized and to the point providing the knowledge you need while on the job. It has helped me daily in my job responsibilities as a quick refresher on what tool to use when working on a particular phase of a project. The layout is clear and easy to understand. The templates provided are very adaptable to any enviroment and have become a standard at my place of work. Overall this text is the best reference I have read for the growing field of Business Analysis. It is a great compliment resource to the BABOK and for anyone studying for the CBAP.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good book April 1 2012
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Content pretty usefull even for beginers and advanced. Am starting my first steps as a business analyst, this book helps me a lot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great handbook Feb. 13 2012
By Red Foo
This book is a must have for anyone that is starting out in this field. Explains in a very clear manner, the terminology, allowing the reader to get a firm grasp.
I would recommend.
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