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Value Management is about Building the Right Thing


Henrik Kniberg in his excellent YouTube Video Agile Product Ownership points out that teams face three competing forces: Build the Right thing Build the thing Right Build the thing Fast (i.e. shorten the feedback cycle) All three are equally important, and they all reinforce each other, yet it seems as though since the agile manifesto was […]

Critical Thinking: What’s it Good For?  (Part 2)

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In Part 1 of this series, Critical Thinking: Time Is of the Essence, I suggested: If you’re a business analyst — absolutely, making time to think matters! There needs to be something more on your schedule besides meetings. You need to carve out time — significant time — to think! Why? Thinking takes time. Why?  It requires […]

Get Critically Thinking BAs on Your Team

Recently, we have been focusing on the topic of critical thinking and I was reminded of a blog that I wrote for BATimes a couple years ago. Critical thinking is something that people ask us about all the time, “I need my BAs to learn how to think critically.” What most people don’t realize is […]

Critical Thinking: Time Is of the Essence! (Part 1)

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Have you ever been a part of the “meeting after the meeting?” You know, the one where colleagues get together to debrief a meeting that’s recently taken place? The “meeting after the meeting” (MATM) typically includes two main agenda items: the debrief and the re-plan. First, attendees debrief to try to identify what actually took […]

The Most Critical Skill for 2015

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Every January, people take time and look into the coming year to make resolutions for themselves and predictions on what they think is in store for the year. I, like most people, do this personally but also inevitably end up doing the same for life in the business analysis community.  Kent McDonald, in his predictions, […]

2015 Predictions for Business Analysis

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It’s that time of year again for me to make my annual predictions about the BA space.  Taking to heart the lessons learned from last year, I’ve positioned these with a slightly different approach.  I managed to narrow my list down to nine predictions that I’m fairly comfortable with, along with a guest prediction from […]

7 Ways to Keep Stakeholders Close In A Virtual World

A couple months ago, I had the pleasure of presenting at the BAWorld Boston 2014 conference. During that visit, I met Nancy Settle-Murphy. Nancy produces a monthly newsletter, Communique, and she asked me to help her write an article on ways to help professionals overcome challenges with stakeholder engagement for virtual teams. As someone who is […]

Did BAs Buy Into the Change in 2014?


In my first post of 2014, The Business Analysis Space is Changing: What You Can Do Now, I wrote about changes happening in the BA space and some things individuals performing business analysis can do to get ready. Here is the basic gist of the change I was talking about: IT project teams are building […]

How did Kent do on his 2014 Predictions?


A common thing for people to do at the beginning of each year is to make a series of predictions about the upcoming year. The business analysis community is no different, and last January, I fell into the same habit with a post on this blog. I’ve also discovered that making predictions is often like […]

BBC Challenge Reflections


At the Building Business Capabilities (BBC) Conference this year, we challenged conference attendees to get more out of the conference by getting to know new people, sharing what they learned and what they already knew. See what they had to say: Retrospective Board Activity: Share a lesson that you have learned in one of today’s […]