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...

Wibbly Wobbly…Business Analysis Skills…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

I love the end of a year and the beginning of a new one. For me, it is a time to reflect on the past year and get energized for the new one. Part of me is not enjoying this year’s reflection since I feel like I just reflected on 2014. Somehow, I blinked and now I am...

BA Life in the Agile World

Recently, I was watching a webinar which stated there is no formal role for the BA in the Agile world. I completely disagree with this statement as I can attest, from my own Agile experiences, to the fact that my BA role is necessary, important, and distinguishable....

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...
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