Business Analysis Techniques: 72 Essential Tools for Success

Business Analysis Techniques: 72 Essential Tools for Success

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By (author) James Cadle, By (author) Debra Paul, By (author) Paul Turner

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  • Publisher: BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
  • Format: Paperback | 284 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 241mm x 18mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Swindon
  • ISBN 10: 190612423X
  • ISBN 13: 9781906124236
  • Edition statement: New ed.
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 38,876

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Business analysts are generally charged with the investigation of ideas and problems. Their role is to formulate options for a way forward and produce business cases setting out conclusions and recommendations. The development of business analysis as a professional discipline has extended the role of the business analyst who now needs the widest possible array of tools. This book provides 72 possible techniques and applies them within a framework of stages such as 'Investigate Situation', 'Define Requirements' and 'Manage Change'. - Business analysts exist in a variety of roles at the heart of business to identify problems and opportunities; - 72 key techniques for all business analysts; - Practical advice to suit all situations; - Of huge benefit to business analysts, managers, and students. The book complements Business Analysis (ed Debra Paul and Donald Yeates).

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James Cadle has been involved in business systems for over thirty years, initially with London Transport . Debra Paul is the Managing Director of Assist Knowledge Development. She jointly wrote the best-selling BCS publication Business Analysis. Paul Turner is a Director of Business & IS Skills and Assist Knowledge Development.

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A master class in linking theory to practice. Full of tips and examples that will lead to a significant improvement in the quality of business analysis. Indispensable to new and experienced practitioners involved in business change. Put your name in this book before someone "borrows it"! -- James Archer Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

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Business analysts are generally charged with the investigation of ideas and problems. Their role is to formulate options for a way forward and produce business cases setting out conclusions and recommendations. Their work precedes that of the project manager. The development of business analysis as a professional discipline has extended the role and the responsibilities of the business analyst who now needs the widest possible array of tools and the skills and knowledge to be able to use each when and where it is needed. This book provides 72 possible techniques and applies them within a framework of stages such as "Investigate Situation," "Define Requirements" and "Manage Change." The book complements Business Analysis (ed Debra Paul and Donald Yeates) published by the BCS in 2006. Where the earlier book provides a general survey of the work of the business analyst, and an overview of the business analysis process, the present publication offers a more detailed description of the techniques used in business analysis, together with practical advice on their application. The book will be of enormous benefit to practising business analysts and to managers in any area, requiring a comprehensive single source of practical advice on the use of business analysis techniques. It will also be of considerable interest to students of information systems and business strategy.

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"A master class in linking theory to practice. Full of tips and examples that will lead to a significant improvement in the quality of business analysis. Indispensable to new and experienced practitioners involved in business change. Put your name in this book before someone "borrows it"!" - James Archer, Business Analyst of the Year 2009, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Table of contents

1 Business strategy and objectives 2 Investigate situation 3 Consider perspectives 4 Analyse needs 5 Evaluate options 6 Define requirements 7 Manage change Postscript - which techniques do I really need?