Review of Mastering the Requirements Process Third Edition

Book Review

Mastering the Requirements Process: Getting Requirements Right (3rd Edition)
Price: $43.86
Publication Date: 2013* 
*Amazon’s page lists August 2012 as the Publication Date but my edition arrived 2 days ago and the Copyright clearly indicates 2013.

My Initial Thoughts:

I’m not sure it’s possible to find a more detailed book about the Requirements Phase of Project Management. With over 700 pages of detailed information, this book delivers. 

I usually gauge any book like this (hardcover, textbook-looking intimidation machine), by the authors’ ability to engage me through their writing. I literally cannot pick up a book like this one and read it cover to cover unless the author makes the topic (which I usually know beforehand to be boring) compelling and interesting. 

Suzanne and James Robertson (the authors) accomplish this…for the most part! 

My Current Progress:

  • I’m about one third of the way into the book but had to put it aside for a couple of days when my wife reminded me to be a husband and father again!
  • Like I previously mentioned, no matter the subject, I never read a book word for word…this has been and will continue to be the case with Mastering the Requirements Process 3rd Edition. Disclaimer: This has nothing to do with the fact that I’m a speed reader, seriously.
  • I really do love reading books on subjects that I think I know something about but then realize, usually very quickly, that I still have a lot to learn!

    !Random Tangent Alert!…It’s like the feeling of being in a meeting with a large group of people and feeling like you’re the dumbest person in the room. I live for those moments! Being surrounded by extremely intelligent people brings out the best in me…Tangent Complete.

Watson super computer that can answer any questionIf you’re a Business Analyst and/or involved with the Requirements Process, this book can be your Watson. You know. The super computer built by IBM that b-$%!* slapped Alex Trebek a couple of years ago. Watson is an artificial intelligence Goliath computer system capable of answering questions posed in natural language and when I tell a BA this book can be your Watson, what I obviously mean is that it will answer any question(s) you have or will have about the business requirements process.

So far, I’m learning a great deal, getting updates on topics I already understood and realizing I could have done requirements in the past SO much better if I had this book umpteen years ago. So, without further delay, I would like to say “Thank You” to Suzanne and James Robertson! A labor of love for both of you, I’m sure, that will hopefully pay off! Best of luck to you both!

To read more about Mastering the Requirements Process: Getting Requirements Right (3rd Edition), or even see a list of new features in the 3rd edition, I found the best price on Amazon. FYI.

-REF


About R.E. Ferguson

Business Analyst, Content SME and Digital Marketing professional with over 11 years of experience helping Enterprises with online strategy, projects and digital initiatives. Currently working as a Management Consultant for a Fortune 100 retirement services provider in Charlotte, NC.
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