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.
Organizations who embrace self-organizing teams are awesome places to work! However, management and the actual teams need the proper foundation to thrive.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Architect agile metrics and KPIs to measure success within an organization using Kanban, Scrum and/or Scaled Agile environments, such as SAFe.
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.
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 often provokes a lot of work, complex tools, and loss of time. Understand the benefits of traceability and how to do it efficiently.
Get the most out of your stakeholders using our free template to keep track of important information about your stakeholder(s).
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.
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!
Need requirements help? Check out our new workshops: Using Visualization to Write Better Requirements and Non-Functional Requirements: We All Know What Happens When You Assume.
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..
Use our estimating analysis time template to track your tasks, the stakeholders involved and their responsibilities, the time needed and any dependencies.
Get certified with a combination of tips, online flashcards, quizzes, and final exam simulations to prepare you to pass the exam.
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.
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.
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.
Complete your agile transformation using our roadmap to develop a lean cross-functional team that uses analysis to build the right, value driven solution.
New blog post: Avoid expensive project implementation plan errors with these lessons learned from the front lines of US health care reform.
Our instructor, Heather Mylan-Mains, shares 4 steps for considering project context.
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.
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.
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.
Grow and transform your agile organization with Management 3.0 – an innovative way to approach agile management and team leadership.
Join our instructor, Jacqueline, as she presents a free session of our new webinar on December 19 @ 11:00 EST!
Learn the framework and techniques to help analyze the business situation and determine how to use visual management and Lean Kanban to manage flow.
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”!
Structure your thinking and be prepared to provide more value in your next stakeholder interview by following this simple hack!
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.
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.
“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…
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!
Key concepts of each approach and a quick reference to the agile value that relates to each element.
Register to join Jacqueline Friday, February 9th as she presents our new webinar, 12 Mean and Lean Analysis Approaches for Agile Teams!
With organizational implementation of an agile approach and confusion on where business analysis fits in, is the BA on the verge of extinction?
Use this checklist to ensure that you don’t overlook critical information during your business process definition interviews.
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?
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.
Tips on building AND maintaining a shared understanding on your team from your instructor, Kent McDonald.
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.
Presentation proposals are now being accepted for BBC 2017 – deadline is March 10, 2017.
Our instructor Kent shares his latest insights…up this week: the product owner role.
Register now for Kupe’s special IIBA session of “Business Value is a Conversation, Not a Number” on February 8th at 1:00 EST.
Seriously, this article explains how to use LEGO® Serious Play® to increase performance and innovation by facilitating decision-making and team cohesion.
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.
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.
We gave away t-shirts this year in exchange for completing the sentence: I am #baproud because… See what the attendees had to share!
Gain an understanding of a new way to work that utilizes Scrum for agile teams and its application on a day-to-day basis.
A hands-on introduction to design thinking. Understand how design thinking works and how to apply design thinking tools and techniques to your work.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our students ask good questions! Get the answers from our experts on some of our most frequently asked analysis questions.
What exactly is process excellence, how does it relate to business analysis and how can a business analyst capitalize on these trending initiatives?
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.”
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.
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!?!?!?
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.
This course takes you through steps to avoid the issues and risks around the RFP Process and how to navigate successful vendor management.
The IIBA’s latest blog post answers the question: “Are business analysis skills effectively used in the organizational evolution?”
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.
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.
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.
Develop and use an Agile Transformation Backlog to manage, prioritize, and show visible progress of actions and to-do items during your transformation.
Our expert answers the questions we received from attendees during our recent “Selling Leadership on More Than the Idea of Agile” webinar.
Traditional KPIs focus on performance, process and delivery. Agile project metrics are different because they recognize it’s the people who drive outcomes.
Discover solutions and get the competitive advantage by “becoming the customer” and developing a digital customer journey map!
Questions from attendees and answers from our expert from the recent session of our new webinar, “Design Thinking: The Secret Ingredient to Innovation”!
The IIBA BABOK defines standards for the practice of business analysis. This infographic provides a visual overview of its key elements.
What makes a great product owner? The best product owners have a secret weapon hiding under their capes: business analysis superpowers.
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”!
Register to join Ali Friday, May 11th as she presents our new webinar, Business Analysis: The Makings of a Great Product Owner!
Establish excellent testing practices with an emphasis in writing test cases based on software requirements to ensure the solution meets stakeholder needs.
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 plan..read on!
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.
Get Ali’s take and tips on estimating your analysis plan in order to justify the time it really takes to get good requirements.
Save $250 on Essential Skills for Business Analysis December 11-14 class in Atlanta. Just enter promo code Treat250 when registering!
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.
Treat your employee training program like a project to ensure problems are solved with solutions that yeild maximum business value.
In this post, Kathy introduces the Business Value Framework. It takes the intuitive process of pursuing valuable business outcomes and makes it explicit.
We believe that business analysis skills can be consolidated into 7 core and 4 supporting areas of expertise. Master these skills and enable change.
Reduce the complexity of adopting Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) on agile teams by managing dependencies and risk through coordination and communication.
Get our instructor, Kent’s, resource list to learn about product ownership.
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.
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
What is the best advice Kupe and 9 other industry thought leaders ever received?