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Structured Analytic Techniques For Intelligence Analysis

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  247 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Richards J. Heuer Jr. and Randolph H. Pherson turn a lifetime of expertise toward formalizing, adapting, and standardizing a set of 50 of the most robust analytic techniques in use in intelligence analysis today. This ready reference showcases current and cutting-edge best practices and represents a significant leap forward in depth, detail, and utility from existing handb ...more
Spiral-bound, 368 pages
Published March 16th 2010 by CQ Press
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Pantaleon Fassbender
Nov 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great sourcebook for everyone dealing with uncategorized and messy informtion in complex situations who has to draw conclusions and to provide advice.
Fileundercommonknowledge Simpson
This book is written by the CIA for intelligence operatives, but is ideal for getting the up-front Business Analysis (that your Big Data implementation is going to solve) right. It is beautifully structured, succinct and clear. There's a pull-out chart that highlights the main areas and the linkages between them: these areas are decomposition and visualisation of the problem; idea generation; evaluation of scenarios and indicators; hypothesis generation and testing; assessment of cause and effec ...more
Michael Robinson
Mar 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Well researched and documented book with over 50 analytic techniques. I like the book, but I think there could be more emphasis on analytic techniques that are being introduced by members of the IC that aren't a 3 letter agency. I will say, this book is a great quick reference when deciding what analytic technique to use for a particular topic. ...more
Deane Barker
Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Explanation and instruction on methods to examine intelligence or any body of information. Multiple exercises to minimize your chance of groupthink, blindness, or assumption. For maximum usage, this is the type of book you need to keep handy, as a reference. One reading will likely not be enough, except to make you aware that multiple methods of structured analysis exist.
Alexander Temerev
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
A comprehensive collection of structured analysis techniques (some resemble TRIZ techniques, some were genuinely new to me) that are used (or were used, to some degree) in Western intelligence communities. Great reference book.
May 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A useful guide for practitioners of analysis to some of the key tools. The title bills it as for intelligence analysts, but I believe it is useful for all types of analysts and thinking professionals.
Raughley Nuzzi
Apr 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though it's written for Intelligence Analysis in particular, this book provides lessons that are relevant to all fields and areas of work or study. It provides over 60 thinking tools that are helpful to prepare, consider, and execute analytical processes and I've already started using them at work (in education).

This will be an excellent reference book to keep close at hand during future professional and academic endeavors and I highly recommend its use in just about any professional setting!
Jason Harper
Mar 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is a great reference for analysts. The book was well researched and broken into sections that make it incredibly easy to brush up on techniques to use at different stages of the analysis lifecycle. I definitely recommend this book to anyone invovled in advising decision makers with limited data.
Apr 20, 2022 rated it it was amazing
An essential book for all intelligence analysts. Serves as an "encyclopedia" of structured analytic techniques with coherent, concise descriptions of when to use each technique, its benefits, and disadvantages.

Side note: I find it hilarious how reviews for intelligence analysis books are short. Very fitting!
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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A staple of the intelligence analyst and a great guidebook that helps document the critical thinking processes we use to analyze problems. I still keep this nearby when I remember a technique I've used to analyze a problem but don't remember the some of the exact steps document. ...more
Jan 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Five stars based on the book's organization. It is very easy to read one technique or techiques within a category without having to search. Informative even if you are not an analyst. Great for team or project managers. Also recommend Analysis for Competing Hypotheses by Heuer, which is a great read for analysts / forecasters.

Vincent Paul
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Every intelligence analyst should have a copy of this book. It is comprehensive, well illustrated, and gives relatable examples. And for writers like me who want to create intelligence analyst characters, read this book.
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book, particularly if you think you might have a practical or professional application for it. Even if that's not the case, there is plenty here to help improve one's thinking. It's very straightforward and not overly theoretical or abstract ...more
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Essential collection of techniques for rigorous and collaborative analysis.
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