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Our secret sauce is the product management approach we bring to 100% of our projects. We’ve published two books on product management techniques and contributed to three industry guides. We love sharing what we’ve learned.

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Visual Models for Software Requirements

Visual Models for Software Requirements, co-authored by Joy Beatty and Anthony Chen, is a practical guide to transforming your software requirements practice using visual modeling methodology. As consultants, we worked for years to create and refine a set of tools and techniques that helped us provide a robust framework for product design and business analysis for our clients. We knew from experience the old “talk to lots of people and write it all down” business analysis method just wasn’t enough to ensure that projects delivered the expected value. Visual modeling is the foundation for a strong product design process that is adaptable to any organization or software development framework.

This book, covering everything from an overview of visual models to Requirements Modeling Language (RML) categorization and uses, is straightforward to read and easy to apply. Visual Models for Software Requirements combines standard requirements models with entirely new models created by Joy and Anthony during their work on client projects, for a complete package that business analysts and product designers can immediately put to use on their projects.

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Software Requirements Third Edition

Software Requirements 3rd Edition, by Karl Wiegers and Joy Beatty, is a fully updated version of the best-selling, award-winning book whose previous editions were published in 1999 and 2003. Covering the full scope of software requirements development and requirements management, this is a best practices guide that will help business analysts elicit, analyze, document, validate, and manage software requirements on any project.

The 3rd edition includes how to apply business requirements practices to any product development life-cycle, with an emphasis on agile processes. New chapters are included on specifying data requirements, writing high-quality functional requirements, and effective requirements reuse. Considerable depth has been added on business requirements, elicitation techniques, and nonfunctional requirements.

Whether you are new to the business analyst/product manager role, a seasoned professional, or the leader of business analysis teams, this book has something for you.

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Additionally, Joy Beatty co-authored these industry standards and guides for Business Analysis in collaboration with IIBA and PMI. If you haven’t yet explored the resources for Business Analysts offered by these organizations, check out these awesome books.
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BABOK – A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge – The IIBA standard for the practice of business analysis, this comprehensive guide details the six BA knowledge areas, describing the skills, techniques, and deliverables for each to enable practitioners to achieve better business outcomes. Get a copy here.

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Business Analysis for Practitioners, A Practice Guide – This book from PMI provides practical resources to tackle project-related requirements and business analysis challenges. This guide covers BA skills, knowledge, and practical task-oriented guidance to help analysts effectively manage project/program requirements and scope. Get a copy here.

The PMI Guide to Business Analysis Book Cover

The PMI Guide to Business Analysis – The PMI standard for business analysis, this book aligns PMI’s project management and business analysis guidance. Focusing on the product design and definition process as it occurs in projects and programs, this process-based framework is a must-read for BA professionals. Get a copy here.