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[14 Jan 2013 | 2 Comments | ]

As companies transition to Agile and Scrum to manage their software development projects, how does this affect the work of business analysts? Nancy Nee, VP Global Product Strategy at ESI International, shares her opinion on the role of business analysts in Agile software development projects and how this approach impacts the requirement gathering activity. She also provides some input on how to handle conflict between stakeholders.

[20 Dec 2012 | Comments Off on Product Owner from Good to Great | ]

A good product owner is probably the most important role in any Scrum project but for some reason they are exceedingly rare. Without one the development team is without direction and lost in a vast ocean of possibilities. Why is it that being a good product owner is difficult? What is expected and how do you become a good product owner.

[12 Dec 2012 | Comments Off on User Stories That Are Too Big | ]

In this blog post, Jeffrey Davidson discusses the fact that a common issue for Scrum teams is that their user stories are too big. He explains that many teams ask for larger stories because they don’t know how to slice the work into smaller pieces. Writing smaller user stories will make your team happier and more productive. There are many reasons behind the need for small user stories.

[22 Nov 2012 | Comments Off on Can Requirements and Agile Work Together | ]

This software testing podcast discusses why requirements are still needed in many projects, and how to work with both requirements and user stories to deliver on the promise of Agile.

[6 Nov 2012 | Comments Off on Ordering the Product Backlog | ]

In this article, Brent Reid discusses the fact that in Scrum, the product backlog should be ordered and not prioritized. His point is that priority has a meaning only within a certain context. Thus what is high priority one day could be low priority in the future. Thus, the product owner must deliver a totally ordered Product Backlog, even if it is difficult to make such decisions. However, as Brent Reid wrote it: “this clearly places the responsibility of resolving the problem on the product owner instead of on the …

[19 Oct 2012 | Comments Off on Lightweight User Story Mapping | ]

User story mapping might look like the heavy weight mapping of the past, but it is not. However, if you can’t map your stories back to business value, then why do they make or save the company money? Learn how to improve your business analysis with Agile story mapping.

[2 Oct 2012 | Comments Off on The Three Agile Innovation Drivers | ]

In this blog post, Roman Pichler presents the three innovation drivers in Agile product management: desirability, viability and feasibility. He introduces a simple model to explore where innovation occurs in products, based on the fact that “product innovation usually occurs in the following three areas: the user experience (UX) and the product features, the business model or the product’s architecture and technologies”. When you start developing a new product, you should use the three drivers to understand where innovation occurs and how much uncertainty is present in the development effort. …

[24 Sep 2012 | Comments Off on The Scrum Product Owner | ]

This video explains the responsibilities of a Scrum Product Owner. It discusses how the Scrum Product owners are in charge of creating product visions, release plans, sprint plans, stories, and approving the results of the sprint.

[5 Sep 2012 | Comments Off on Splitting Features and Epics into Playable User Stories | ]

There’s a lot of the literature available on how to write and flesh out a user story – how to frame the story statement, what to include, how to write good acceptance criteria, etc. There is less written about how to carve out good, playable user stories from a complex feature or epic story in the first place. This workshop uses 3 case studies drawn from real projects to focus on this latter skill, demonstrating how close collaboration between analysts, customers, developers, testers, and UX designers can result in user …

[15 Aug 2012 | Comments Off on Are Agile, Roadmaps, and Requirements Mutually Exclusive? | ]

Your developers have gone agile. They want a backlog and user stories. Executives want a roadmap with a longer view. How do you connect strategy with execution? What happens to the roadmap and requirements when you go agile? Find out what product managers need to provide to their agile development teams.