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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Course Technology PTR; 1 edition (Dec 8 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598635654
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598635652
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 2.5 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

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 By Muhammad A. Anwar on 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 By keith sarre on Oct. 1 2009
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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 By G. Bryson on April 19 2009
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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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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 By tom galaty on 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 By Red Foo on Feb. 13 2012
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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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