Choose the Right Decision Criteria

During a recent Facilitating a Requirements Workshop class, my students and I had great discussion regarding decision criteria. While the discussion came out of a class centered on business analysis, the answer resonates with almost any industry. Since my students...

Implement Decision Filters for Organizational Alignment

This blog was orignally published on our VP of Product Development, Kent McDonald’s, blog, Beyond Requirements. Organizations are impacted on a daily basis by decisions made by people at every level. Even the most minute seeming tactical decisions can have an impact...

Using the Purpose Based Alignment Model

This blog was orignally published on our VP of Product Development, Kent McDonald’s, blog, Beyond Requirements. What It Is The Purpose Based Alignment Model, created by Niel Nickolaisen, is a method for aligning business decisions and process and feature designs...

Decision Making: The Goal of Business Analysis

Many people view decision making as a tool in your toolbox; I view it as your role. Nothing happens without decisions. You can talk, talk, talk all you want and sound really smart, but who cares if a decision is not made and things don’t progress, right?! This...

What Does Success Look Like?

Jon is part of a team working to revise the website for an investment company. The team is using an agile approach to rebuild the website and Jon is utilizing 7 years experience as a business analyst with the company to fill the role of Product Owner for the team....

Making More Informed Decisions

I went to dinner last night while in a new town training a group of BAs. Since I wasn’t familiar with the local restaurants, I checked out their menus and customer reviews. After much internal debate I decided to head toward an area where a group of the restaurants...

The Definition of Ready

Generally speaking it is helpful to have specific agreements in place as to what it takes to move a story from one column to the next on the board.  You can think of these agreements as policies.  They are effectively checklists which say “these things have to be true...

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