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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR; 1 edition (December 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598635654
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598635652
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By IAG Consulting Team on April 30, 2009
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This book has solid reference material that experienced Business Analysts can utilize on virtually any assignment. This is not the best book for a new Business Analyst and is really geared towards a practitioner that understands their craft and appreciates additional guidance. Coverage of techniques and models is very comprehensive.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By G. Mesick on April 20, 2012
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The good news is that if you are a Business Analyst or need to understand the work of business analysis, Podeswa gives you a framework. That is no small thing, and for that, he is to be commended. Whereas the BABOK (Business Analyst Body of Knowledge) gives you a model, Podeswa gives you what you could use as (though he would protest) a method or process for doing this work.

Because this is an encyclopedia of techniques and terms, it isn't the most user-friendly book. It has lots of stuff, but most of it is listed alphabetically, not by situation, so you have to know what you are looking for to find it.

And then, two beefs with his approach to this work that may not bother others.

First, he assumes that Business Analysts will be part of software implementation. I understand that his approach has to account for that, but a large, large portion of my work and people who have done this work for and with me has stopped short of a software implementation. Just process work. Just understanding the problem. Etc. He doesn't offer disclaimer enough for my taste that a Business Analyst may put his/her time to good use serving ends other than software development or implementation.

Second, he assumes that decisions happen in meetings. He includes lots of great meeting design templates and checklists. My experience says that meetings are not where real conversations take place. If you wait until that point to look for consensus, you are asking for trouble. The meeting will either make official what has been decided elsewhere or (God help you!) give lip service to the proposal until the REAL discussion happens in the hallway. So a Business Analyst may do all that Podeswa says to set up good meetings--and still not get the commitment to a decision he/she needs.

Still, this is a useful addition to your library--for now.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Michael G. Bonamassa on February 26, 2009
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In my experience most technical books are either overly dry and are useful as a reference tool or completely theoretical leaving it up to the reader to determine application modes. Howard Podeswa does a great job of blending the two. He also does this in the context of one of the most important and least discussed role - the Business Analyst.

Over the years I have had the privilege to be part of many software teams. We have had great successes and a few failures. One thing that is a constant is the impact of the Business Analyst role on project success. The The Business Analyst's Handbook provides a complete tailorable approach to facilitating, organizing and disseminating business information that is sure to have a positive impact on any team.

This is a book that should be near and dear to any professional Business Analyst.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Bigelow on October 19, 2011
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A toolkit for those learning, or pursuing, BA. A bit ponderous, should be read with a copy of the BABOK at hand for comparison and to see where the tools are intended to be used.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Keith Warrick on January 27, 2009
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Once upon a time, one would be hard pressed to find many reference books on doing business analysis work properly but since the creation of the International Institute of Business Anlysis professional association and the advent of the CBAP certification in 2005, there has been a welcome torrent of titles.

I recommend this as an essential tool in your BA toolkit especially if you perform business analysis in Agile software development environments, though many of these techniques can be adapted to other software development methodologies as well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ernesto Lembert on January 7, 2011
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This is a great tool any Business Analyst from every industry. An excellent book. It is THE book you must read if you are starting a Business Analysis career... I highly recommend it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ken Clyne on February 19, 2009
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One of my favorite books is the The Complete Illustrated Guide to Joinery. It provides a comprehensive description of almost every known joinery technique. If you are working with a fine hardwood and creating a centerpiece for your home you might use a dovetail joint. On the other hand if your building a box for your kids to play with then you might just use a simple butt joint.

Howard Podewsa does for the Business Analyst what Gary Rogowski does for the carpenter. In The Business Analyst's Handbook Howard give a complete and comprehensive description of the tools and techniques available to today's Business Analyst and the factors that influence when they should be applied.

Drawing again on my joinery analogy The Business Analyst's Handbook is "meant to be used not put on a shelf to gather dust". Pick up a copy, you won't regret it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Oscar Lizarraga on October 12, 2010
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I strongly recommend this book for any kind of manager. Why? Because there are always problems and projects, and this book gives you great ideas for a structured thinking. Many times, I've seen people that when crisis or problems come, they start with whatever comes to their mind first. Rather than that, some of the ideas of this book is to go to the basis and understand all the components. Even when this book doesn't address problem solving as its main target the book does great for this purpose.

Obviously if you are working on the Information Systems Analysis and Design, Consulting or similar areas, this book is a must.

I'd love to see a QuickReference Version (like a HandPocket Book)!
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