Business Analyst News

There’s a lot going on in our community and company, and staying on top of the business analyst news can be hard. We set up this page to curate the stuff we think you might find most interesting and announce the latest from B2T. Let us know if there is an event or related content that you want posted.

How to Organize Self-Organizing Teams

Organizations who embrace self-organizing teams are awesome places to work! However, management and the actual teams need the proper foundation to thrive.


Survival of the Changiest: How to Lead Change

Adapting to change is no longer an option; it is a requirement. Lead change with these 8 steps and strategically position yourself to leverage success.


Managing the System, Not the People with the Management 3.0 Methodology

This simple example demonstrates how the Management 3.0 methodology can be used to facilitate change among a team by empowering its members to self-manage.


Why Management 3.0? Because Leadership Needs to Be Agile Too!

What happens when teams are Agile… but the business and its leadership is not? This article will shed some light on why Management 3.0 is the answer!


Agile Transformation Webinar

What if we approached our work with a Dr. Seuss mindset? I was inspired just by researching some of his quotes… plus, a ton of business application!


New Agile Metrics Class

Architect agile metrics and KPIs to measure success within an organization using Kanban, Scrum and/or Scaled Agile environments, such as SAFe.


AI & BAs

What if AI starts performing the work BAs do today? Good news! Artificial intelligence and business analysis can not only co-exist but fuel each other.


What happened at #Agile2018?

Don’t miss out just because you couldn’t attend. Catch up with our experts on all the conference buzz, highlights and takeaways in their Agile2018 recap.


Requirements Traceability – The What, Why, and How

Requirements traceability often provokes a lot of work, complex tools, and loss of time. Understand the benefits of traceability and how to do it efficiently.


Stakeholder Analysis Template

Get the most out of your stakeholders using our free template to keep track of important information about your stakeholder(s).


Positive vs Negative Test Cases: Which is Which?

Positive and negative test cases…sounds like a simple concept, right? Interestingly enough, it’s easy to get turned around. Kathy stops the confusion with definitions and examples of how to use each.


Get SAFe® Certified

As Scaled Agile’s newest Silver Partner, we’re excited to be offering courses to help you earn the SAFe Agilist (SA), Safe Practitioner (SP), SAFe Scrum Master (SSM) and/or SAFe Product Owner/Product Manager (POPM) certifications!


B2T Training Announces Acquisition by Netmind

We’re excited to share some BIG NEWS for our company…B2T Training is now a part of the Netmind family! Check out our official press release..


NEW Estimating Analysis Time Template

Use our estimating analysis time template to track your tasks, the stakeholders involved and their responsibilities, the time needed and any dependencies.


ECBA Certification Prep

Get certified with a combination of tips, online flashcards, quizzes, and final exam simulations to prepare you to pass the exam.


Business vs Functional Requirements? Who Cares?

Don’t get caught in the business requirements vs functional requirements confusion. Catch up with Ali as she details how and why to identify your true business requirements.


New BA Training Investment Checklist

Checklists for before, during and after training to help analyze your BA training needs and plan appropriately to get the most from your training program.


9 Things to Avoid When Being Agile Blog Post

Being agile is all about taking risks and adjusting, BUT there are some things to definitely avoid if you don’t want to slip and fall down.


Updated Agile Transformation and Maturity Roadmap

Complete your agile transformation using our roadmap to develop a lean cross-functional team that uses analysis to build the right, value driven solution.


Health Care Reform and a Successful Project Implementation Plan

New blog post: Avoid expensive project implementation plan errors with these lessons learned from the front lines of US health care reform.


Context is King

Our instructor, Heather Mylan-Mains, shares 4 steps for considering project context.


New BA Glossary

200+ terms anyone performing business analysis should know!


IIBA 2017 Predictions

Check out these 4 trends that the IIBA predicts will impact 2017.


BAWorld Orlando Early Bird Pricing

Register by February 24, 2017 for BAWorld Inagural Orlando conference and save 10% off your registration.


An Agile Approach to Data-Driven Decision Making: Using Storytelling to Drive Action

This course provides an in‐depth approach to utilizing data driven decision making to drive actions that everyone in an organization can understand and use.


The Change Equation: Dare to Change

Change success rate lies within the level of adoption of the people who use it. Use the Change Equation to measure how prepared your company is for change.


Management 3.0: The Lottery Factor and The Competency Matrix

Use the Competency Matrix to facilitate a discussion about the distribution of knowledge and how to manage the lack of knowledge shared in a team.


Management 3.0: Agile Management and Leadership

Grow and transform your agile organization with Management 3.0 – an innovative way to approach agile management and team leadership.


Agile Transformation Webinar

Join our instructor, Jacqueline, as she presents a free session of our new webinar on December 19 @ 11:00 EST!


New Lean Kanban Class

Learn the framework and techniques to help analyze the business situation and determine how to use visual management and Lean Kanban to manage flow.


Agile Transformation Webinar Q&A

Questions from attendees and answers from our expert from the recent session of our webinar, “The Good, the Bad & the Ugly: Agile Transformation Case Study”!


BA Hack: The Interview Before the Interview

Structure your thinking and be prepared to provide more value in your next stakeholder interview by following this simple hack!


New Certification Program

We are excited to introduce a new more modern, agile certification program! This new program is made up of 4 certification levels and 8 badge specializations that were designed to provide flexibility in your achievements.


Stakeholder Engagement Strategy for the Missing SME

We’ve all been there…you need information from someone who isn’t available or is in high demand. What’s an analyst to do? Break through by following the 6 tips in this stakeholder engagement strategy.


Ali's PMI-PBA Exam Journey and Study Tips

“I always find it helpful to hear others’ experiences, so I’ll walk you through my perspective on the certification and process of taking the PMI-PBA exam to receive my certification.” Read on…


Where are the Project Requirements? Transforming Models to Text

Visual techniques and models are extremely useful for analyzing project requirements, so what happens when a company relies on textual requirements? Does that make the models and templates useless? No way!


Kanban vs Scrum Infographic

Key concepts of each approach and a quick reference to the agile value that relates to each element.


Complimentary Lean Agile Analysis Webinar

Register to join Jacqueline Friday, February 9th as she presents our new webinar, 12 Mean and Lean Analysis Approaches for Agile Teams!


What’s Happening to the Business Analyst Role?

With organizational implementation of an agile approach and confusion on where business analysis fits in, is the BA on the verge of extinction?


NEW Business Process Definition Interview Checklist

Use this checklist to ensure that you don’t overlook critical information during your business process definition interviews.


IIBA's 2017 Salary Survey Report Released

Find out: Is pay for men and women equal? Does being certified mean higher salary? What are the top 5 job titles? Which are the top 5 industries? What are the top 5 Business Analysis practice areas?


New Agile BA Checklist

Download our new checklist to be sure that at least one person on your team has the skills necessary to perform these important project activities.


How to Maintain Shared Understanding

Tips on building AND maintaining a shared understanding on your team from your instructor, Kent McDonald.


Save 20% with Promo Code: B2TFL1720

We’re headed to the BBC Conference in Orlando, November 6-10. We’d love if you would join us!



Kupe Kupersmith, President of B2T Training, has resigned to pursue his passion for public speaking. He will remain in a Senior Instructor role.


BBC Call for Speakers

Presentation proposals are now being accepted for BBC 2017 – deadline is March 10, 2017.


Examining the Product Owner Role

Our instructor Kent shares his latest insights…up this week: the product owner role.


Kupe Presents IIBA Webinar

Register now for Kupe’s special IIBA session of “Business Value is a Conversation, Not a Number” on February 8th at 1:00 EST.


Learning Agile Values and Principles

Check out Kent’s blog post on agile training and the importance of not focusing too much on the manifesto!


How to Use LEGO® Serious Play® for Cultural Transformation

Seriously, this article explains how to use LEGO® Serious Play® to increase performance and innovation by facilitating decision-making and team cohesion.


New APMG Change Management Foundation & Practitioner Course

This new course presents the knowledge, skills, techniques and practices necessary to face organizational changes with guarantees of success from the point of view of the roles that are impacted by change.



This interactive workshop uses LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® to help identify shared goals & action plans to not only overcome but promote the organizational changes.


Start Measuring Success With These 5 Agile KPIs

Agile KPIs that measure more than ceremonies and focus on how the work is being done… metrics that measure and promote a healthy agile environment.


#BAProud & #BBC2018 Retrospect

We gave away t-shirts this year in exchange for completing the sentence: I am #baproud because… See what the attendees had to share!


New Scrum Class

Gain an understanding of a new way to work that utilizes Scrum for agile teams and its application on a day-to-day basis.


New Design Thinking Class

A hands-on introduction to design thinking. Understand how design thinking works and how to apply design thinking tools and techniques to your work.


Considerations for Analysis Checklist

Download this checklist to use as a rubric to check your plan against 23 different considerations and identify what’s missing and areas for improvement.


The Importance of Good Data Analysis Podcast with Ali

Recently, Ali joined Dave Saboe on his Mastering Business Analysis podcast to share her passion for data and thoughts on why it is critical to good analysis.


Managing Business Analysts "How To" Guide

The work of a BA is complex and the role is still not well understood so managing business analysts can be challenging and frustrating! Our “how to” guide was designed specifically for individuals who find themselves managing those doing analysis work.


Mentoring Relationship Template

Use these mentoring relationship templates to set expectations, track your mentoring sessions and ensure you are focused on achieving your goals + get our mentor/mentee dos and don’ts bonus.


Mean and Lean Agile Teams Q&A

We’ve shared the Q&A from our recent webinar presentation of “12 Mean and Lean Analysis Approaches for Agile Teams” in hopes of helping others, whether or not you were able to attend to the webinar.


New Resource: BA Q&A

Our students ask good questions! Get the answers from our experts on some of our most frequently asked analysis questions.


Happy Holidays, BA Style

‘Twas the first day of our project, when all through the office…


Process Excellence & Business Analysis

What exactly is process excellence, how does it relate to business analysis and how can a business analyst capitalize on these trending initiatives?


6 Most Expensive Words in Business Process Improvement

Get real value from your business process improvement efforts by asking the questions that go beyond the why of, “because that’s how we’ve always done it.”


The 3 C’s of User Stories are Missing a C

While the 3 C’s of User Stories provide great value, there is still something missing…I would like to introduce what I consider, the missing C.


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

Our instructor Ali has recently noticed a trend in organizations converting to agile – that documentation isn’t need and along with that BAs aren’t needed. Wait, what!?!?!?


Requirements Analysis Techniques Listing

With over 50 specific requirements analysis techniques, there are many that are used more than others. We’ve shared details on some of our favorites.


New Vendor Management & RFP Process Course

This course takes you through steps to avoid the issues and risks around the RFP Process and how to navigate successful vendor management.


The BA Professional & the Evolving Organization

The IIBA’s latest blog post answers the question: “Are business analysis skills effectively used in the organizational evolution?”


Keys to Successful Agile Maturity

As an analyst, it’s always good to enhance your agile maturity by looking back and assessing what you’ve learned in your experience, the good and the bad.


New BA Career Checklist

Download our new checklist to help track your progress on becoming a better business analysis professional!


SOBARC Call for Speakers

Join Kupe at SOBARC2017 on May 5th and submit to speak! Submission deadline is January 18th.


New IIBA Leadership

“Effective December 5th, the Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of IIBA is Ken Fulmer, previous Chairman of the Board”


Agile and Change Management: Tips for Today’s Biggest Challenge

If change is the new normal, how can organizations manage it? A good change management strategy is a crucial factor of any successful agile transformation.


Tasks and Tips for Developing an Agile Transformation Backlog

Develop and use an Agile Transformation Backlog to manage, prioritize, and show visible progress of actions and to-do items during your transformation.


Agile Leadership Webinar Q&A

Our expert answers the questions we received from attendees during our recent “Selling Leadership on More Than the Idea of Agile” webinar.


Do Your Agile Project Metrics Measure Up? Why Traditional KPIs Won’t Work

Traditional KPIs focus on performance, process and delivery. Agile project metrics are different because they recognize it’s the people who drive outcomes.


Digital Customer Journey Mapping

Discover solutions and get the competitive advantage by “becoming the customer” and developing a digital customer journey map!


Design Thinking Q&A

Questions from attendees and answers from our expert from the recent session of our new webinar, “Design Thinking: The Secret Ingredient to Innovation”!


New IIBA BABOK Infographic

The IIBA BABOK defines standards for the practice of business analysis. This infographic provides a visual overview of its key elements.


Business Analysis: Superpowers for the Product Owner

What makes a great product owner? The best product owners have a secret weapon hiding under their capes: business analysis superpowers.


Great Product Owner Q&A

Questions from attendees and answers from our expert from the recent session of our new webinar, “Business Analysis: The Makings of a Great Product Owner”!


Complimentary Product Owner Webinar

Register to join Ali Friday, May 11th as she presents our new webinar, Business Analysis: The Makings of a Great Product Owner!


New Writing Test Cases Course

Establish excellent testing practices with an emphasis in writing test cases based on software requirements to ensure the solution meets stakeholder needs.


Get Out of the Elicitation Rut

I always think of BAs as people who are organized, methodical, and planned so I am always surprised that many of my students don’t have an elicitation on!


Baby-Stepping Your Way into Agile Using Kanban Principles

Having trouble getting started or feeling overwhelmed by agile and/or Scrum? Before you throw your hands in the air, I have a suggestion…slow down, start with some baby steps using Kanban principles.


4-Task Solution for Estimating and Defending Your Analysis Plan

Get Ali’s take and tips on estimating your analysis plan in order to justify the time it really takes to get good requirements.


Halloween Treat

Save $250 on Essential Skills for Business Analysis December 11-14 class in Atlanta. Just enter promo code Treat250 when registering!


What’s Up With Data Analysis?

4-step process for data analysis to help the business solve its problems by making sure their processes and rules are correctly implemented in a solution.


A Simple Plan to Maximize Your Employee Training Program Investment

Treat your employee training program like a project to ensure problems are solved with solutions that yeild maximum business value.


Business Value Framework and a Big, Strong Guy Blog Post

In this post, Kathy introduces the Business Value Framework. It takes the intuitive process of pursuing valuable business outcomes and makes it explicit.


Business Analysis Skills Listing Resource

We believe that business analysis skills can be consolidated into 7 core and 4 supporting areas of expertise. Master these skills and enable change.


New Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Course

Reduce the complexity of adopting Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) on agile teams by managing dependencies and risk through coordination and communication.


How to Learn Product Ownership

Get our instructor, Kent’s, resource list to learn about product ownership.


Most Promising Jobs of 2017

LinkedIn pulled their data together to compile a list of the 20 most promising jobs and we are #14! There are several other analysis related positions on the list as well…be sure to check it out.


Feb 7 #AskAnAnalyst Podcast Episode

Join us for the next episode of our #AskAnAnalyst podcast as Kupe and Jacqueline will be discussing the BA’s contributions to team and project excellence!

Airing: February 7 @ 12:20 EST


Kupe's Best Advice

What is the best advice Kupe and 9 other industry thought leaders ever received?


Mastering Business Analysis Podcast

As a guest on Dave’s podcast, Kupe shares his biggest mistake and what he learned from it so you don’t make the same.


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