While the ides of March was not a particularly good time for Julius Caesar, I personally look forward to the middle of March. It generally means that I’m either on or soon to be on a spring break trip and that college basketball tournament time is here.
This year, both of those events coincide with the start of a new gig. One of the ways I prep to work on a new product is to find some helpful background reading to get familiar with the domain or to brush up on some helpful techniques.
Since I’m taking a nice trip with friends and family to Rocky Mountain National Park, have a lot of great college basketball to watch, and am ramping up on a new gig, I decided to share some reading that product people might find helpful to brush up on some business analysis and product skills.
It just so happens that I wrote or co wrote all of those books.
And to give you some time to enjoy one or more of those books, Inside Product will be on vacation next week.
Enjoy the reading suggestions below, enjoy some great college basketball, or enjoy the start of spring in the northern hemisphere and the start of fall in the south.
I’ll be back the last week of March.
Business Analysis and Leadership: Influencing Change
Business Analysis & Leadership goes beyond standard textbooks full of techniques, by demonstrating how to lead and gain credibility throughout the organization. It offers advice on the very tricky role of working with people from the shop floor to board directors and provides the confidence to challenge the easy way forward and point out what will really work in practice.
Chris Matts and I co wrote Chapter 12: Business Analysis, Leadership, and Agile. We chose to address the topics of business analysis, leadership, and agile by answering a series of questions related to how we actually perform business analysis in an agile fashion and lead by example while doing it.
Stand Back and Deliver: Accelerating Business Agility
Whether you’re leading an organization, a team, or a project, Stand Back and Deliver gives you the agile leadership tools you’ll need to achieve breakthrough levels of performance. This book brings together immediately usable frameworks and step-by-step processes that help you focus all your efforts where they matter most: delivering business value and building competitive advantage.
Beyond Requirements: Analysis with an Agile Mindset
In Beyond Requirements, I show how applying analysis techniques with an agile mindset can radically transform analysis from merely “gathering and documenting requirements” to an important activity teams use to build shared understanding. If you find yourself performing analysis on a project in order to make sure the project is delivering the right thing, this book is for you. You may identify yourself as a business analyst (or derivation of that title), product owner, product manager, project manager, tester, or developer.
How to be an agile business analyst
How to be an agile business analyst is about applying your business analysis skills in an agile manner. You’ll still see the term agile business analyst, but the agile here describes how you approach business analysis. This book helps business analysts be an effective member of a team working in an agile fashion. It explains how to add value to your team and how to apply your business analysis skills. It will help you understand how you can use your business analysis skills to make sure your team builds the right thing.
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Kent J. McDonald
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