Business Analysis Techniques: 72 Essential Tools for Success

James Cadle, Debra Paul, Paul Turner

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Abigail Newton MBCS


10 out of 10

Business Analysis TechniquesBusiness Analysis Techniques: 72 Essential Tools for Success has been written by three eminent business analysts much experienced in their field.

As an employee of the BCS I was fortunate to be able to acquire one of the first copies printed and I haven’t put it down since. I’d like to point out that even though I’m an employee I’ve written this as an analyst, not as an employee.

It’s a book I’ve always wanted and now it’s here it’s better than I could ever have imagined. Each technique is carefully explained with the help of diagrams, and key points to note clearly headed. 

The language is simple but informative and is clearly structured. This makes it an extremely useful reference book where you can easily pinpoint the answer you are looking for and it makes it a pleasure to read. 

Additionally the techniques are grouped into useful chapters: business strategy and objectives, investigate situation, consider perspectives, analyse needs, evaluate options, define requirements, and manage change.  Each chapter has its own introduction and a minimum of five techniques to ponder over. 

If ever you’re sat doing an analysis job and wondering about a good approach to take, this has to be the starting point. Even if you have a fair idea of what slant to take, this book will always give you a different point of view and alternative suggestion. It helps to remind you of the things you have forgotten, teaches you things you didn’t know and really gets you thinking about the best way forward.

The book is called 72 Essential Techniques.  I’ve never known such a good title, it is essential and I’m wondering how I managed without it.

Further Information: BCS

August 2010