Top 10 Best Business Analyst Books: Must-Reads

Business Analyst Books

Business Analytics: Data Analysis & Decision Making - Standalone book by S. Christian Albright and Wayne L. Winston

Become a master of data analysis, modeling, and spreadsheet use with BUSINESS ANALYTICS: DATA ANALYSIS AND DECISION MAKING, 6E! This popular quantitative methods text helps you maximize your success with its proven teach-by-example approach, student-friendly writing style, and complete Excel 2016 integration. (It is also compatible with Excel 2013, 2010, and 2007.) The text devotes three online chapters to advanced statistical analysis. Chapters on data mining and importing data into Excel emphasize tools commonly used under the Business Analytics umbrella — including Microsoft Excel’s “Power BI” suite. Up-to-date problem sets and cases demonstrate how chapter concepts relate to real-world practice. In addition, the Companion Website includes data and solutions files, PowerPoint slides, SolverTable for sensitivity analysis, and the Palisade DecisionTools Suite (@RISK, BigPicture, StatTools, PrecisionTree, TopRank, RISKOptimizer, NeuralTools, and Evolver).

Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide by Project Management Institute

Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide provides practical resources to tackle the project-related issues associated with requirements and business analysis—and addresses a critical need in the industry for more guidance in this area. The practice guide begins by describing the work of business analysis. It identifies the tasks that are performed, in addition to the essential knowledge and skills needed to effectively perform business analysis on programs and projects.

The Standard for Business Analysis – First Edition is a new PMI foundational standard, developed as a basis for business analysis for portfolio, program, and project management. This standard illustrates how project management processes and business analysis processes are complementary activities, where the primary focus of project management processes is the project and the primary focus of business analysis processes is the product. This is a process-based standard, aligned with A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Sixth Edition, and to be used as a standard framework contributing to the business analysis body of knowledge.

Business Analysis For Dummies by Kupe Kupersmith

Your go-to guide on business analysis

Business analysis refers to the set of tasks and activities that help companies determine their objectives for meeting certain opportunities or addressing challenges and then help them define solutions to meet those objectives. Those engaged in business analysis are charged with identifying the activities that enable the company to define the business problem or opportunity, define what the solutions looks like, and define how it should behave in the end. As a BA, you lay out the plans for the process ahead. 

Business Analysis For Dummies is the go to reference on how to make the complex topic of business analysis easy to understand. Whether you are new or have experience with business analysis, this book gives you the tools, techniques, tips and tricks to set your project’s expectations and on the path to success.

  • Offers guidance on how to make an impact in your organization by performing business analysis
  • Shows you the tools and techniques to be an effective business analysis professional
  • Provides a number of examples on how to perform business analysis regardless of your role 

If you’re interested in learning about the tools and techniques used by successful business analysis professionals, Business Analysis For Dummies has you covered.

Business Analysis For Beginners: Jump-Start Your BA Career in Four Weeks by Mohamed Elgendy

Business Analysis for Beginners is a comprehensive hands-on guide to jump-starting your BA career in four weeks. The book empowers you to gain a complete understanding of business analysis fundamental concepts and unlock the value of a business analyst to an organization in identifying problems and opportunities and finding solutions. Learn how to define the business needs and apply the most effective tools and techniques to elicit, analyze and communicate requirements with business stakeholders.
•Business analysis in a nutshell – gain a comprehensive understanding of business analysis fundamental concepts and understand the value of a business analyst to an organization in identifying problems and opportunities and finding solutions.
•Scope definition & requirements management techniques – learn how to define the business needs and the most effective tools and techniques to elicit, analyze and communicate requirements with business stakeholders.
•Your BA toolkit – in addition to our step-by-step guide to all business analysis tasks, this book provides a thorough explanation of the different models & methodologies of Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) and business process modeling.

A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK Guide) by IIBA

A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) is the only globally recognized standard of practice for business analysis. Developed through a rigorous consensus-driven standards process, the BABOK® Guide incorporates the collective wisdom and experience of experts in the field from around the world. Previous editions have guided hundreds of thousands of professionals in their work, and it has been adopted by hundreds of enterprises as the basis of their business analysis practice. This latest version of the guide extends its scope beyond business analysis in projects to address agile development, business process management, business intelligence, and business architecture. This thoroughly revised and updated version includes: • A concept model that unifies ideas and terminology across business analysis disciplines. • Restructured knowledge areas to support business analysis at every level from small tactical initiatives to major business transformations. • Five perspectives 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. • Updated and revised content in every knowledge area and more!

BUSINESS ANALYSIS IN DATA PROJECTS: Business Analyst Role and Activities in Data Projects by Andrei Jigman

Data is everywhere in our modern world. This has been true for a long time, but it is only recently that we have realized its true potential.
Big Data, cloud computing, and data science are not simply trends; they are new ways of doing business. Right now, we are living in a world in which data-driven decisions are determining who wins and who loses, and they have become the backbone of modern business.
As there are so many data projects needing to be implemented, there are significant opportunities for us, as business analysts, to get involved in them. With a focus on Big Data and cloud implementation, this book is intended to help business analysts to play their part in data projects.
This book is geared toward current business analysts, future business analysts, and any other project member who is interested in how to plan and approach a data project from a business analysis perspective.

How to Start a Business Analyst Career by Laura Brandenburg and Ellen Gottesdiener

With the average salary for a business analyst in the United States reaching above $90,000 per year, more talented, experienced professionals are pursuing business analysis careers than ever before.

But the path is not clear cut. No degree will guarantee you will start in a business analyst role. What’s more, few junior-level business analyst jobs exist. Yet every year professionals with experience in other occupations move directly into mid-level and even senior-level business analyst roles.

My promise to you is that this book will help you find your best path forward into a business analyst career. More than that, you will know exactly what to do next to expand your business analysis opportunities.

Mastering Business Analysis Standard Practices: Seven Steps to the Next Level of Competency by Kelley Bruns and Billie Johnson

This volume presents all the standard practices for performing business analysis work across seven steps, five perspectives, and 74 techniques. It will help business analysts at all levels further develop their skills to master the next level of competency in business analysis needed to advance their careers. It will help readers comprehend the BA role, responsibilities, and deliverables that ensure business analysis success.

Business Analysis Job Interview Questions & Answers-2020: Stand Out From The Crowd And Crack Your First BA Job Interview by Reelav Patel and Kriti Rathi

Stand out from the competition:

You only get one chance to make a good impression. Put your best foot forward with a winning Business Analysis interview preparation guide. If your goal is to acquire a job as a Business Analyst, Systems Analyst, or Business Systems Analyst, you know you have to have the skills and the experience to keep the job, but do you know how to acquire the job in the first place.
This short, comprehensive, easy-to-follow guide to winning Business Analyst interview aims to help you prepare yourself as the best candidate to stand out from the rest.

Inside, you’ll find:

  • Winning answers, tips, and techniques that will instantly attract the attention of employers, recruiters, and corporate head-hunters
  • Complete real-time scripted answers with no theory jargons
  • Tips to help you sell your skills, brag about your attributes without sounding braggadocios, and detail your strengths so that they are more marketable and appealing to employers
  • How to prepare for the interview start to end, designed specifically for the job you want
  • Know what skills to specify and which to avoid
  • Business Analysis, Situations, Skills-based questions and so much more!

Whether you’re fresh out of college or have years of experience in Business Analysis field, this book is the quintessential, must-have guide to helping you acquire the job you’ve always wanted. If the job of your dreams is in your future, this must-have guide must be in your success toolkit. Buy your copy today and finally get the job you want!