Business Value Framework and a Really Big, Strong Guy

I have two kids in college. Not surprisingly, our family has lots of conversations about money. There is only so much of it in the First National Bank of Claycomb, and we have to prioritize how it gets spent. In essence, my family is a lot like a business: we have to...

9 Things to Avoid When Being Agile

Agile is extremely flexible and gives every organization and team a lot of leeway as to how they achieve the guiding principles and values. Trial and error is a key component of agile. It encourages taking risks, making mistakes, learning, and then adjusting quickly....

#AskAnAnalyst Podcast Episode 27: Remote Agile Team Success

This week, Jacqueline and I discussed one of the major assumptions that people have about agile: that you have to be co-located in order to be an agile team. We dove into the pros and cons of being co-located and working in a remote agile team, along with the impact...

4 Steps for Considering Project Context

When you ask an analytical person a question, you will rarely get an answer. Instead, their response will likely be in the form of another question. Why is this? Answers depend on context. Context refers to the framework of a situation or event. Even a simple...

#AskAnAnalyst Podcast Episode 26: Are BAs Becoming Obsolete?

This week on the show, Jacqueline had a surprise topic for me; one of her questionnaires on Twitter. We discussed her question, regarding the impact of agile on business analysts, as well as the 4 multiple-choice answers she provided. I exercised my improv skills by...

#AskAnAnalyst Podcast Episode 25: State of Agile

We decided to switch it up a little bit for this show. Instead of Jacqueline asking the questions, I took on the role of interviewer and asked Jacqueline about her thoughts on the 10th Annual State of Agile Report. We discussed the major points of the report, what we...

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. Recently, I was fortunate enough to take such a trip down memory lane, courtesy of my annual email...

#AskAnAnalyst Podcast Episode 24: An Agile Mindset

An agile approach can be applied in many different places, like this podcast for example! This week, Jacqueline and I demonstrated how applicable agile techniques are by discussing how we use the agile mindset in our radio show and beyond. Episode 24 | #AskAnAnalyst...
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