Great Product Owner Q&A

Recently, I presented our new Business Analysis: The Makings of a Great Product Owner webinar. I wasn’t able to answer all the questions asked during the session and wanted to post them for everyone to see and share. Let me know if you have more! How can Product...

My PMI-PBA Exam Journey and Study Tips

Whew! I passed the PMI-PBA exam! Since I live, breath, teach, and preach business analysis, I was somewhat confident, but tests always make me a little nervous, so I prepared carefully. I always find it helpful to hear of others’ experiences, so I’ll walk you...

Kanban vs Scrum Infographic

Recently, we released a blog post on Baby-Stepping Your Way into Agile Using Kanban Principles and in it, Jacqueline discussed how to use Kanban principles to get started in an agile approach or overcome an implementation frustration. We’ve often found that...

4-Task Solution for Estimating and Defending Your Analysis Plan

How many times have you been told that you have two days to “get requirements done” when you know you need two weeks or even two months? Or maybe you’ve even been told that the analysis can be done “during the sprint” (or worse, not at all!) while the developers are...

What’s Up With Data Analysis?

I find myself running into a lot of business analysis professionals who say, “I don’t do data analysis. That is the data architect’s job.” My response: “…What?!?!” In a nutshell, a good business analysis professional knows that part of their role is...

Business Requirements vs Functional Requirements? Who Cares?

What are business requirements? A common answer I get when asking for an example of a business requirement is a sentence like: “The system shall facilitate the automation of email to the customer.” Is that a business requirement? Well of course it must be. The...

Just Enough Doesn’t Mean None! The Agile Business Analyst Role

In an amazing turn of events, I have recently been teaching and consulting in organizations that have transitioned to an agile framework AND have decided, as part of that transition, that business analysts are no longer needed. In this blog post, I would like to note...

6 Tips to Identify Business Analysis Red Flags

I recently read an article from CIO.com “6 Tips to Identify Project Management Red Flags.” While reading, I couldn’t help but think of business analysis red flags in the same respect. So here’s my take on “6 Tips to Identify Business Analysis Red Flags” to...
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