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....

#AskAnAnalyst Podcast Episode 26: Are BAs Becoming Obsolete?

This week on the show, Jacqueline had a surprise topic for me; one of her questionnaires on Twitter. We discussed her question, regarding the impact of agile on business analysts, as well as the 4 multiple-choice answers she provided. I exercised my improv skills by...

Collaboration Model Template

Defining your collaborative model is invaluable, easy to orchestrate, and doesn’t take much time. This template includes usage suggestions for your team to ensure roles are communicated, expectations and handoffs between roles are discussed and each team member’s contribution is known.

What Happened to Teamwork?

We live in an interesting time.  Kids are growing up, not with a silver spoon, but rather a titanium iPhone. The older generation, mine, question what impact this will have on the younger generation’s ability to communicate using their mouth and ears and not their...

The Most Critical Skill for 2015

Every January, people take time and look into the coming year to make resolutions for themselves and predictions on what they think is in store for the year. I, like most people, do this personally but also inevitably end up doing the same for life in the business...

An Entrepreneurial Mindset to Teamwork

Being an entrepreneur has been one of the most frustrating, challenging and rewarding jobs I have ever had.  While I am a project manager/business analyst from my corporate life, I now play many roles in my small business life.  I think my favorite part of being a...

How to Build a Wildly Productive Collaboration Model

My husband and I have been together more than 21 years; we’re married 20 this coming September. Pretty amazing, considering all we’ve been through together, but then again, we are like two peas in a pod…except when it comes to work. He is a carpenter by trade, who...

Agile and the BA – Part 1

Agile approaches are becoming more common for software development projects. This blog and several future blogs will discuss concepts important in agile approaches from the perspective of a business analyst. The first concept to be explored is collaboration....

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