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BPM books – 2017 reading list

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Do you want to learn more about Business Process Management? Below you can find a list of BPM related books that I have read and recommend as well as those that I plan to read.

Most of the books below are Kindle eBooks, which is my preferred format of reading, but usually you can buy them in various formats.

My 2016 reading list

BPMN 2.0 Handbook Second Edition
Robert Shapiro, Stephen A. White PhD, Conrad Bock, Nathaniel Palmer, Michael zur Muehlen PhD, Prof. Marco Brambilla, Denis Gagné et al

What I like in this book is broad overview of various aspects of BPMN from many experts. Plus it has a chapter about making BPMN fit for business with ADONIS 🙂


BPMN Method and Style, Second Edition, with BPMN Implementer’s Guide
Bruce Silver

First edition of this book convinced me that BPMN is not too complicated for business users and helped me understand many of the BPMN silent assumptions. Highly recommended.


Business Process Change, Second Edition: A Guide for Business Managers and BPM and Six Sigma Professionals
Paul Harmon

Useful overview of BPM-related tools and methods. I always have it next to my desk at work.


Business Process Management: Profiting From Process
Roger Burlton

I bought it after my colleague from work told me about Roger Burlton and his methodology. Very useful.


Digital Transformation: A Brief Guide For Game Changers
Jim Sinur, Peter Fingar

Bought it after interview with Jim Sinur to learn more about Digital Transformation. It’s a very useful book with lots of practical strategies and case studies.


How to Start a Business Analyst Career
Laura Brandenburg

Very useful book for people who want to start a career as a Business Analyst or (like in my case) wish to understand better how Business Analysts work. Helped me a lot with content preparation for my course BPMN for Business Analysts on Udemy.


Prozessmanagement für Experten: Impulse für aktuelle und wiederkehrende Themen
Franz Bayer, Harald Kühn

Great book written by my colleagues from work. My #1 motivation for learning German – still cannot order a meal, but know how to name most of the BPMN elements and what are Kernprozesse already 😉


Questioning BPM?
Paul Harmon, Roger Tregear plus over 30 BPM experts

As the name suggests this is a book with questions (and answers). 33 experts answer most burning questions about BPM today. Many important perspectives and lots of useful ideas. Left five star review on Amazon.


Reimagining Management
Roger Tregear

I got this book for review before it was published and loved it. It gives you actionable tips for various stages of BPM implementation in organization.


My 2017 reading list

After running BPM Value Summit and preparing several roundup posts (on BPMN, DMN, BPM skills and selling BPM in organizations) with contributions from over 60 experts one of my resolutions for 2017 is to keep learning from the best (and share with you what I learn).

Below you can find a list of books which I plan to read.
If you can recommend one of them (or some other books) please leave a comment.


BPM Boots on the Ground: How to Implement Strategic Business Process Management: Lessons Learned from one of the World’s Largest Organizations
Jim Boots

Business Process Management: Concepts, Languages, Architectures
Mathias Weske

Business Process Management: The Next Wave
Jim Sinur, James Odell, Peter Fingar

Fundamentals of Business Process Management
Marlon Dumas, Marcello La Rosa, Jan Mendling, Hajo Reijers

Passports to Success in BPM; Real-World, Theory and Applications
Nathaniel Palmer, Frank Kowalkowski, Peter Schooff, Mark von Rosing, Henrik von Scheel, Lloyd Dugan

Why / Por qué BPM?: Business Process Management
Pedro Robledo

Social BPM: Work, Planning and Collaboration Under the Impact of Social Technology
Keith Swenson, Nathaniel Palmer, Sandy Kemsley, Keith Harrison-Broninski, Max Pucher

The Art of Business Process Management: BPM Strategy and Real-World Execution
Nathaniel Palmer, Linus Chow, Dr Mathias Kirchmer, Robert Shapiro


DMN Method and Style: The Practitioner’s Guide to Decision Modeling with Business Rules
Bruce Silver

Real-Life BPMN (3rd edition): With introductions to CMMN and DMN
Jakob Freund, Bernd Rücker

Real-World Decision Modeling with DMN
James Taylor, Jan Purchase

The MicroGuide to Process and Decision Modeling in BPMN/DMN: Building More Effective Processes by Integrating Process Modeling with Decision Modeling
James Taylor, Tom Debevoise

Decision Management

Business Rule Concepts
Ronald G. Ross

Decision Management Systems: A Practical Guide to Using Business Rules and Predictive Analytics
James Taylor

Knowledge Automation: How to Implement Decision Management in Business Processes
Alan N. Fish

The Decision Model: A Business Logic Framework Linking Business and Technology
Barbara von Halle, Larry Goldberg

Techniques relevant for BPM practitioners

Be a Great Problem Solver – Now!
Adrian Reed

Best Practices for Knowledge Workers: Innovation in Adaptive Case Management
Nathaniel Palmer, Keith Swenson, Jim Sinur et al

Common Approach – Uncommon Results: How Adoption Delivers the Results You Deserve
Ian Gotts, Richard Parker

Design Thinking Methodology Book
Emrah Yayici

Empowering Knowledge Workers
Nathaniel Palmer, Keith Swenson, Steinar Carlsen

Operational Leadership
Andrew Spanyi

Outside-In. the Secret of the 21st Century Leading Companies
Steve Towers

Process Mining: Data Science in Action
Wil M.P. van der Aalst

Workflow Modeling: Tools for Process Improvement and Application Development
Alec Sharp, Patrick McDermott

Business Analysis

Business Analysis: Best Practices for Success
Steven Blais

Business Analysis For Dummies
Kupe Kupersmith, Paul Mulvey, Kate McGoey

Software Requirements
Karl Wiegers, Joy Beatty

Visual Models for Software Requirements
Anthony Chen, Joy Beatty

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