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

Anyone familiar with user stories should also become familiar with the 3 C’s of User Stories. Whether you are a newbie or a seasoned veteran, the 3 C’s of User Stories help keep the purpose of the user story in perspective. The first C is the user story in its raw...

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...

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....

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...

BA Skills: Wibbly Wobbly…Timey Wimey…Stuff

I’m a second-generation Dr. Who fan. For those of you who aren’t “Whovians”, Dr. Who is a Time Lord who crosses through space and time in his TARDIS – a time machine cleverly disguised as a bright blue phone box. In a classic scene, Dr. Who is attempting to describe...

Inventory Your Agile Analysis Skills Toolbox

First thing first, let’s establish two truths to analysis in agile: One: we all know that some level of analysis happens on agile projects and that your team needs a well-developed agile analysis skills toolbox. It starts at the Product Visioning phase and continues...

It Was and Will Be a Good Year for Business Analysis

To start, let’s reflect on the past year and see how my 2015 predictions turned out. For my January 2015 my post, The Most Critical [BA] Skill for 2015, I said “As a BA, one of the greatest values you bring to your team is the ability to facilitate sessions,...
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