Business Analysis Books: The Must Have Reading List

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But before you dive in, read this short introduction.

I can’t stress enough, my views on the importance of reading books as a Business Analyst.

The world is forever changing, especially in Business.

So how do you make sure you’re not getting left behind?

Yes - maintaining a personal SWOT Analysis is a good way.

But reading books is another great way.

1. You can keep up to date with what’s happening in the world of projects from the people that know.

2. You can learn new ways of handling your current day-to-day issues or challenges.

Also, believe me…

There’s a 99% chance that someone has been in the exact same position as you are now.

And there’s probably a book been written about it.

So how do you find it?

That’s where this list of Business Analysis books will help.

It lists the most up-to-date book publications in the business analyst and project world.

Okay, I’ve not read all of them, but I have read a fair few.

So take a look and once you find the title of the book you want to read, pop it into Google and buy it.

Oh and plaese leave a comment if you know of a book that isn't in this list

So here's the List (click the green arrows to sort)..

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Agile Estimating and Planning (Robert C. Martin Series) Mike Cohn 2005-11-01

Agile Project Management with Scrum (Microsoft Professional)

Ken Schwaber


Six Sigma For Dummies

Stephen R. Covey and Craig Gygi


Lean Six Sigma For Dummies

John Morgan and Martin Brenig-Jones


Agile Extension to the Babok (R) Guide (Version)

Paul Stapleton


Business Analysis and Leadership: Influencing Change

Penny Pullan and James Archer


5 Rules for Writing Effective User Stories

Thomas Hathaway and Angela Hathaway


Business Analysis For Beginners: Jump-Start your BA Career in Four Weeks

Mohamed Elgendy


Beyond Requirements: Analysis with an Agile Mindset (Agile Software Development)

Kent McDonald


Business Analysis: Best Practices for Success

Steven Blais


The Agile Business Analyst: Moving from Waterfall to Agile

Barbara Carkenord and Ryland Leyton


Cost-Benefit Analysis: Financial And Economic Appraisal Using Spreadsheets

Harry F. Campbell and Richard P.C. Brown


The Basics of Process Mapping, 2nd Edition

Robert Damelio


How to Start a Business Analyst Career: The handbook…

Ellen Gottesdiener and Laura Brandenburg


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



Business Analysis Methodology Book

Emrah Yayici


Business Analysis for Dummies

Kupe Kupersmith


Design Thinking Business Analysis: Business Concept Mapping Applied

Thomas Frisendal


Business Analysis 3rd Edition (BCS Approved)

James Cadle and Malcolm Eva


Business Analyst’s Mentor Book: With Best Practice Business Analysis Techniques and Software Requirements Management

Emrah Yayici


Business Analysis Book of Mentors: 25 Lessons Learned from Seasoned BA Professionals

David Barrett and Sandee Vincent


User Stories Applied

Mike Cohn


Scrum: a Breathtakingly Brief and Agile Introduction

Chris Sims and Hillary Louise Johnson


The Six Sigma Handbook, Fourth Edition

Thomas Pyzdek and Paul A. Keller


Mastering the Requirements Process (3rd Edition)

Suzanne Robertson, James C. Robertson


Agile PM Agile Project Management Handbook V2

DSDM Consortium


Agile Project Management & Scrum QuickStart Guides

ClydeBank Business


DSDM: Business Focused Development (The Agile Software Development Series)

DSDM Consortium w/ Jennifer Stapleton


Product and Process Modelling: A Case Study Approach

Ian T. Cameron and Rafiqul Gani


Business Analysis Techniques: 72 Essential Tools for Success

James Cadle, Debra Paul, Paul Turner


Business Analysis Techniques: 99 essential tools for success

James Cadle and Debra Paul


Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time

Jeff Sutherland


Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process

Kenneth S. Rubin


Agile Project Management In Easy Steps

John Carroll


Getting Value Out of Agile Retrospectives – A Toolbox of Retrospective Exercises

Luis Goncalves, Ben Linders


The Retrospective Handbook: A guide for agile teams

Patrick Kua


Rapid Agile Business System Analysis: Fast, Agile, Measurable Results

Trond Frantzen


The Certified Six Sigma Green Belt Handbook



Six SIGMA Green Belt Study Guide: Test Prep and Practice Questions for the Six SIGMA Green Belt Exam

Trivium Test Prep


Sales and Marketing the Six Sigma Way

Michael Webb and Tom Gorman


An Awesome Guide To Requirements Elicitation

Stephanie Famuyide


Business Analysis Wisdom Mark Owen 2017-06-01

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