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...

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...

Get Out of the Rut. Make an Elicitation Plan.

It’s hard for me to believe that next month is my 9 year anniversary with B2T. During that time, I’ve seen and heard a lot in the classroom.  Some of it is amusing, some of it is encouraging, and occasionally, some of it is surprising. I’ve recently been surprised by...

It Is Not All About You

A question most BAs get asked when assigned to a project is “how long will it take to complete requirements?”  Without going into ways to improve your estimating skills, I want to address a key point that is often missed when answering this question.  Our...

Estimating analysis time

Business analysts are rarely allowed enough time to elicit, analyze, and confirm requirements. Why? One reason may be that we don’t ask for it. An important BA skill is the ability to accurately estimate the amount of time required to perform analysis work and...

Stakeholders who change their mind

I presented a webinar for Catalyze (www.mycatalyze.org) on February 14th entitled Designing a Sure-Fire Stakeholder Strategy. The presentation touched on the importance of business analysis planning, specifically planning for stakeholder communications. We had 150...

Traceability must be planned

Traceability is a necessary component for complete and accurate requirements. Traceability is used in many aspects of requirements development and management. A simple definition is that “tracing requirements” means that we show relationships or links...

Getting Started Part II

As mentioned in last week’s “Getting Started Part I”, I start each project by making notes about what I already know about the project. These are some questions I like to answer about each project to document what I know before I can produce my...

Getting Started Part I – Scope or Stakeholders?

What should you do first? Would you define your requirements scope before you start to identify and analyze your stakeholders or vice versa? Would you receive the same answer if you asked 10 Business Analysts? I would bet not. Many might answer that they identify...
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