Looking Back and Looking Forward

It’s that time of year again. Time to bravely project what will happen in the upcoming year, hoping no one remembers and holds us to it at the end of the year. But, how about a different approach this year? I’m going to reflect back on how I did with my projections at...

TA DA! Beyond Requirements Excerpt

I’m excited to announce that the book I’ve been working on for the last three years is available! In celebration (and a little promotion), I thought I would share an excerpt. I chose the excerpt below because it discusses some helpful concepts for analysts, regardless...

Implement Decision Filters for Organizational Alignment

This blog was orignally published on our VP of Product Development, Kent McDonald’s, blog, Beyond Requirements. Organizations are impacted on a daily basis by decisions made by people at every level. Even the most minute seeming tactical decisions can have an impact...

Using the Purpose Based Alignment Model

This blog was orignally published on our VP of Product Development, Kent McDonald’s, blog, Beyond Requirements. What It Is The Purpose Based Alignment Model, created by Niel Nickolaisen, is a method for aligning business decisions and process and feature designs...

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...

2015 Predictions for Business Analysis

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...

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 about business analysis predictions on...

Reflections from Kent: BBC 2014

As I sit here in blustery Des Moines, Iowa (the temperature went from 60 to 30 in little over an hour last night), I thought I’d take a fond look at the ~23 hours I spent in Fort Lauderdale at the BBC 2014 conference a couple weeks ago.  I would have liked to stay...

Reflections from Kent: ACORD Implementation Forum

The last week of October I had the privilege of attending the ACORD Implementation Forum (AIF) and presenting a few (six!) sessions in their Professional Development Track. ACORD, the Association for Cooperative Operations Research and Development, is a nonprofit...

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