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...

#AskAnAnalyst Podcast Episode 7: Business Analyst FAQs

Jacqueline and I have spent the last 6 episodes of our podcast series discussing the business analyst role, and through those episodes have gotten some awesome questions! We wanted to take a step back this week and answer some of those questions. And also, tackle some...

TA DA! Beyond Requirements Excerpt

I’m excited to announce that the book I’ve been working on for the last three years is available! In celebration (and a little promotion), I thought I would share an excerpt. I chose the excerpt below because it discusses some helpful concepts for analysts, regardless...

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...

Learning Delivers Value

One of my favorite aspects of adopting an agile mindset is the tendency to think about whether what I am doing actually adds value to the organization.  With this though, comes the knotty problem that value can often be hard to clearly define.  Because I generally...

Requirements are a Means to an End

Business analysis practitioners have struggled for a while now to shed the image of just being note takers, scribes, and/or project managers in training. Unfortunately, many unwittingly hinder this cause by continuing to focus so much attention on dealing with...

Prioritize First By Value, then By Feasibility

Meet Arthur, a middle manager in the agent-support department of a medium-sized insurance company in a medium-sized city in the middle of the United States. Arthur is the Product Owner for Phoenix, a project to replace the current hodgepodge of outdated applications,...
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