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.
For the books published by Future Strategies you can use the code BPMEE provided by our friends from BPM Eastern Europe to get a lower price (which is useful if you are buying few copies of print version).
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
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
Useful overview of BPM-related tools and methods. I always have it next to my desk at work.
Business Process Management: Profiting From Process
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
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 😉
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.
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
Business Process Management: Concepts, Languages, Architectures
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
Publisher link (use code BPMEE for a lower price): https://bpm-books.com/products/passports-to-success-in-bpm
Why / Por qué BPM?: Business Process Management
Social BPM: Work, Planning and Collaboration Under the Impact of Social Technology
Keith Swenson, Nathaniel Palmer, Sandy Kemsley, Keith Harrison-Broninski, Max Pucher
Publisher link (use code BPMEE for a lower price): https://bpm-books.com/products/social-bpm-print-edition
The Art of Business Process Management: BPM Strategy and Real-World Execution
Nathaniel Palmer, Linus Chow, Dr Mathias Kirchmer, Robert Shapiro
Publisher link (use code BPMEE for a lower price): https://bpm-books.com/products/the-art-of-business-process-management-print-edition
BPMN, CMMN, DMN
DMN Method and Style: The Practitioner’s Guide to Decision Modeling with Business Rules
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
Business Rule Concepts
Ronald G. Ross
Decision Management Systems: A Practical Guide to Using Business Rules and Predictive Analytics
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
DMN in Action with OpenRules: A Practical Guide for Development of Business Rules and Decision Management Applications using Decision Model and Notation (DMN) and OpenRules
Techniques relevant for BPM practitioners
Be a Great Problem Solver – Now!
Best Practices for Knowledge Workers: Innovation in Adaptive Case Management
Nathaniel Palmer, Keith Swenson, Jim Sinur et al
Publisher link (use code BPMEE for a lower price): https://bpm-books.com/products/best-practices-to-support-knowledge-workers-print
Common Approach – Uncommon Results: How Adoption Delivers the Results You Deserve
Ian Gotts, Richard Parker
IMPORTANT: please note comment from Ian below: he has number of copies and is happy to donate them. Thanks Ian!
Design Thinking Methodology Book
Empowering Knowledge Workers
Nathaniel Palmer, Keith Swenson, Steinar Carlsen
Publisher link (use code BPMEE for a lower price): https://bpm-books.com/products/empowering-knowledge-workers-print-edition
Outside-In. the Secret of the 21st Century Leading Companies
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: Best Practices for Success
Business Analysis For Dummies
Kupe Kupersmith, Paul Mulvey, Kate McGoey
Karl Wiegers, Joy Beatty
Visual Models for Software Requirements
Anthony Chen, Joy Beatty
Thanks for your great comments suggesting more valuable books!
Marco Fargnoli recommends two books by Andrew Spanyi:
Business Process Management (BPM) is a Team Sport: Play it to Win!
More for Less: The Power of Process Management
Scott Francis posted about this list of BPM books and suggested two more:
Business Process Management: The Third Wave
Howard Smith, Peter Fingar
Nathaniel Palmer, Keith Swenson, Peter Fingar, Reddy Surendra et al.
4 Comments for “BPM books – 2017 reading list”
The two little books that really had a great impact on my BPM journey from a Business Manager and Executive perspective were written by Andrew Spanyi, “Business Process Management is a Team Sport” (Play it to win) and “More for Less”.
Very pragmatic and easy to digest 🙂
I have a number of copies of “Common Approach, Uncommon Results which I am happy to donate email@example.com We’ve also taken some of the ideas and incorporated them into a free ebook “Analysis, Automation & Adoption” elements.cloud/ebook-analysis/
See also a newly published book “DMN in Action with OpenRules” https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06W579JYM
Whaiting for 2018-19 list 🙂