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[14 Oct 2013 | One Comment | ]

Wondering how to step up your business analyst career, and take on responsibilities of your appointed tasks with professionalism, enthusiasm and efficiency? Learn what makes a good business analyst, a GREAT business analyst, with pointers and guidance from an industry professional.

[19 Sep 2013 | Comments Off on Requirements Gathering in Agile | ]

Cherifa Mansoura, Agile Solution Architect at IBM, discusses requirements gathering, change management, user stories, and more as it relates to Agile software development practices.

[10 Sep 2013 | Comments Off on Essential Skills for the Business Analyst | ]

We can all agree that the Business Analyst collaborates with business stakeholders throughout the organization to ensure high quality, on-time deliverables and seamless communication. A key element of a Business Analyst’s proficiency is being aware of the array of techniques, tools, and deliverables that are available and selecting the ones that are appropriate to a particular problem.

[20 Aug 2013 | One Comment | ]

Business is coming under increasing pressure to adopt agile practices to reduce costs and deliver more quickly. Agile Analysis describes your requirements and associated features using stories. Typically for use with agile development but it supports structured methods too giving a common analysis method throughout the organization.

[24 Jul 2013 | 3 Comments | ]

It takes more than talent to make a great product. You also have to focus on the right things, in the right order, with the right people at hand. Learn the key points for successfully developing product so you can make the most progress on your big idea. The talk covers common pitfalls, techniques for seeing the bigger picture and advice on how to bring the different roles together in product development.

[11 Jul 2013 | Comments Off on The User Stories Iceberg | ]

This short video presents the Mike Cohn’s Iceberg Analogy for User stories. It discusses User Stories and the Backlog, how you can perform grooming and rightsizing and how you should establish a grooming cadence for sprint, release and roadmap.

[18 Jun 2013 | Comments Off on Writing Executable Specifications | ]

Elisabeth Hendricksson stated at Turku Agile Day 2010 that “Specs is an abbreviation for speculations”. She is right, specs are often speculations. How can this be avoided? Execution of code doesn’t leave any room for speculation. If the specs can be executed, they aren’t speculations anymore.

[27 May 2013 | One Comment | ]

System-building projects which fail (which is many of them) do so more often because they build the wrong thing, not because they do a bad job of building the right thing. The Agile community has developed a range of techniques for making sense of system requirements and capturing them in artifacts that are familiar and understandable by business, useful to developers and informative to managers.

[17 May 2013 | Comments Off on What Makes a Good Product Owner? | ]

This short video discusses what makes a good Product Owner in a Scrum Agile team, how to engage your Product Owner and some pitfalls that can come with the role.

[1 May 2013 | Comments Off on Stop Building The Wrong Product Righter Build The Right Product | ]

Learn how to build outcomes over outputs as a key strategy to building great products using the Target Outcome framework. The talk will cover why the metrics we often use are flawed, how to create useful value metrics, track value incrementally and do guerilla user testing.