I decided to compile a list of books that have been useful to me, as a business analyst.
I have included cover pictures and a link to Amazon for more information on the book.
Some of these books are designed to be a reference to help you in your job, some of them to help with specific BA qualification and some just to read and retain. I have placed the books in order of importance and influence to my knowledge as a Business Analyst:
This is the main text for the BA Diploma and I think the first and main text to concentrate on as a BA.
|CBAP Certified Business Analysis Professional All-in-One Exam Guide with CDROM
So far, the first book covering the CBAP syllabus.
|Soft Systems Methodology in Action
I have been using this book since University Soft Systems Methodology is the
basis of all Business Analysis.
|Diagnosing the System for Organizations (Classic Beer Series)
This describes the Viable Systems Model (VSM) and explains how to conceptualise business functions.
|A Pragmatic Guide to Business Process Modelling
This is a great book to assist in Business Process Modelling.
|Getting it Right: Business Requirement Analysis Tools and Techniques
This book breaks down the Requirements phases, describing tools and techniques as well as theory.
|Business Information Systems: Analysis, Design and Practice
This is a book I used at university and still seem to delve into often
|IT Business Analysis in Investment Banking: A Definitive Guide to Business Analysis in Invest…
Have just bought this, as I work in this industry – so far an interesting read for this niche – and very true!
|Strategic Management and Business Analysis
An area many senior BA’s get involved in – scoping of strategy. A very good book.
|Writing Better Requirements
A great book on requirements theory and psychology.
|Business Process Analysis
An important skill for BA’s and a good book
|Systems Thinking, Systems Practice: Includes a 30 Year Retrospective
Classic,this book explains the bigger picture and using systemic theory to view the problem situation.
|Brain of the Firm (Classic Beer Series)
Stafford Beer follows on the VSM work to describe how the business should be led.