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My Books

As well as blogging, I have written and contributed to a few books.  These are listed below.

Business Analyst

Adrian Reed (2018)
Publisher: BCS, Swindon

Business analysis is a crucial discipline for organisational success. It is a broad field and has matured into a profession with its own unique career roadmap. This practical guide explores the business analyst role including typical responsibilities and necessary skills. It signposts useful tools and commonly used methodologies and techniques. A visual career roadmap for business analysts is also included, along with case studies and interviews with practising business analysts.

Be a Great Problem Solver: Now!

Adrian Reed (2016)
Publisher: Pearson Education, Harlow

This 2-in-1 guide is designed to help you solve problems in an instant, whilst giving you the deeper knowledge to ensure long-lasting results.

With the unique 2-in-1 approach, you can learn your way. Use the seven Speed Read tips immediately, then take your time exploring the Big Picture chapters.

  • Analyse business problems and opportunities objectively and effectively to generate a range of possible solutions
  • Avoid falling into the trap of selecting the first, easy solution
  • Understand how to work collaboratively with co-workers and stakeholders
  • Use a one-page ‘Problem Canvas’ to scope out and explore a problem

As an ambitious manager, you need the right information at the right time to help you advance in your career. The 2-in-1 Manager will ensure you improve and succeed in business, right now and in the future.

Business Analysis and Leadership: Influencing Change

Penny Pullan & James Archer (Eds) (2013)
Publisher: Kogan Page, London

(I wrote chapter 21 ‘Partnering across Organisations’)

21st century organizations, across all sectors and of all types, have to cope with an international marketplace where change is frequent and customer expectations continue to rise. The work of business analysis professionals is crucial if organizations are to succeed and grow. If change programmes are to be successful, stakeholder engagement and situation analysis are vital, and to achieve this, senior business people need to display competence in a range of areas, not least of which include the ability to challenge, lead and influence.

Business Analysis and Leadership is for anyone involved in business analysis working in any organization worldwide, from financial services to charities, government to manufacturing. It takes the reader beyond standard textbooks full of techniques and tools, advising on how to lead and gain credibility throughout the organization. It will help you with the tricky role of working with people from the shop floor to board directors and give readers the confidence to challenge the easy way forward and point out what will really work in practice.

This inspirational book consists of contributions from leading thinkers and practitioners in business analysis from around the world. Their case studies, practical advice and downloadable appendices will help the reader to develop leadership skills and become an outstanding catalyst for change.

Process Precepts
Roger Tregear (2018)

In December 2015, I (Roger) set myself a challenge to post a short piece about some aspect of business process management (BPM) on LinkedIn every week throughout 2016. There were a couple of near misses, but I made it-52 posts under the title Process Precepts, each sent out on Saturday morning, wherever I was in the world. This book comes directly from those posts. My objective was to capture the reactions of others to the content of the posts; to assemble an eclectic collection of ideas that responded to my thoughts in a variety of interesting ways. I wanted a diverse group of commentators who would agree, disagree, extend my ideas, narrow my ideas, go off at a useful tangent and, generally, use each of my posts as a launch pad for an extended conversation. The final team of sixteen commentators contains academics, vendors, consultants, and authors. Importantly, it also contains many people whose job descriptions task them to bring process management theory and practice to life in the gritty reality of managing a real organization-with all its complexities, latencies, impossible demands, and human frailties and potentials.

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