Great Product Owner Q&A

Recently, I presented our new Business Analysis: The Makings of a Great Product Owner webinar. I wasn’t able to answer all the questions asked during the session and wanted to post them for everyone to see and share. Let me know if you have more! How can Product...

Mean and Lean Agile Teams Q&A

Recently, I had the pleasure of presenting our 12 Mean and Lean Analysis Approaches for Agile Teams webinar. During the presentation, we received some awesome questions. I wanted to share those answers in hopes of helping others, whether or not you were able to attend...

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...

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....
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