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If you’re a business analyst whose company recently made the move to agile, you may be wondering where you fit in when there is no business analyst role. Or maybe you made the move to be an agile business analyst or product owner but don’t know how your traditional business analyst skills figure into this new agile world. Well the good ...
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This entry was published on May 31, 2016 / Candase Hokanson. Posted in Requirements Analysis (BABOK KA) , Data Analysis & Modeling, Agile Methods. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
If you are managing a team of business analysts or systems analyst you probably have two main goals in mind:  - to make sure your team understand the requirements (the real ones)  - to make sure that you develop a solution which makes sense in the context of your constraints.  The chances are that one of your biggest constraints...
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This entry was published on Jan 14, 2015 / Adrian M.. Posted in Systems Analysis, Leadership & Management, Agile Methods. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
The word “Agile”, there was a time when this word referred to the ability to move quickly, easily in a more tangible sense, and associated perfectly with synonyms like ‘nimble’, ‘acrobatic’, ‘light footed’, and it goes on and on. Now in the context of software development the word Agile seemed to have gained new depths. Very much like the word “T...
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This entry was published on Jan 05, 2014 / Victoria. Posted in Agile Methods. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Background The Agile methodology originated within the software development industry. Since its inception in 2001 – Agile has expanded beyond an initial developer-centric community – to being embraced by multi-discipline teams working across numerous industries. The antecedent of Agile within IT was the Waterfall methodology. The Waterfall framew...
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This entry was published on May 27, 2013 / Ryan Thomas Hewitt. Posted in Requirements Analysis (BABOK KA) , Soft Skills, Agile Methods. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Agile is an attractive word. It means swiftness with discipline, with an emphasis on alertness to change in one’s external surroundings and quickly responding to change as needed. The word I want to focus on from above is "external". A prime example of the difference between internal (controlled) and external (un-controlled) is an operating enter...
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This entry was published on Apr 29, 2013 / David Wright. Posted in Business Rules, Agile Methods. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
This presentation deck describes the fundamentals of Kano Analysis and how it can be used to prioritize requirements. Kano Analysis and Software Requrements View more presentations from Craig Brown
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This entry was published on May 30, 2011 / Craig Brown. Posted in Requirements Analysis (BABOK KA) , Business Analysis, Agile Methods. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Perhaps the most important facet of agile software development is its innate ability to satisfy user requirements better, more accurately, more consistently, than what is considered ‘traditional’ software development. Where ‘traditional’ software development begs the user for all necessary information upfront and then reluct...
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This entry was published on Feb 17, 2011 / Mendix.com. Posted in Agile Methods. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Many business analysts and heads of industry find themselves in compromising situations. Their team is down and they can’t seem to move the business properly towards the goal. It seems your competitor across the field is always one step ahead, providing results and fan [customer] satisfaction. But how did they do it and why can’t you come back? Ga...
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This entry was published on Jan 04, 2011 / Mendix.com. Posted in Business Analysis, Agile Methods, Career as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
A Promise to have a Conversation I’ve been writing user stories for a couple of years now, and the best way I’ve heard how to describe them is that they are a promise to have a conversation.  Enough information should be written down to give the reader an idea of what the gist of the story is (and to be able to roughly estimate a story point ...
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This entry was published on Nov 22, 2010 / Seilevel. Posted in Business Rules, Systems Analysis, Business Analysis, Agile Methods. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
You know, it’s the coolest nickname I’ve ever received - but it almost sounds negative. I mean am I going in and assassinating your application? No, I go in and make the changes you request and re-deploy your application. So why give me that nickname? Pretty easy I guess, when I’m operating strictly as the implementer of a solution, I am able to...
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This entry was published on Nov 16, 2010 / Mendix.com. Posted in Agile Methods. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
One of the more controversial techniques fostered by some in the agile community is ‘Pair Programming’. It is a practice that originates from Extreme Programming, a specific Agile process pioneered by Kent Beck. It is controversial, particularly for larger corporates because it seeks to adjust human behaviour patterns. In Pair Programming, develop...
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This entry was published on Nov 03, 2010 / FergalMcGovern. Posted in Project Management, Business Analysis, Leadership & Management, Agile Methods, Roles and Responsibilities, Tools. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
In a previous post regarding the emergence of the Business Engineer, I discussed the Who, What and Why of this new type of human capital. At Mendix, we see them growing in numbers, most likely due to the nature of our software. If you’re going to give business analysts the ability to develop software, or developers the ability to communicate busine...
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This entry was published on Oct 19, 2010 / Mendix.com. Posted in SDLC, Process, and Methodologies, Agile Methods, Roles and Responsibilities, Tools. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
  Telecommunications companies are looking to cloud computing to clean up inefficient processes throughout the sales channel. The products and services in this industry change so often that these companies have become more competitive than ever, with continuously shrinking margins. Flexible front end solutions bring agility to the sales proce...
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This entry was published on Sep 20, 2010 / Mendix.com. Posted in Business Analysis, SDLC, Process, and Methodologies, Agile Methods. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
A Mendiom is an idiom with a Mendix twist. This is the first of a series of posts with Mendioms for different types of people. This week, we have chosen a few of our favorite Mendioms for business analysts.   Business analysts are an important part of an organization’s business agility. By having the responsibility of communicating between b...
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This entry was published on Sep 01, 2010 / Mendix.com. Posted in Enterprise Analysis (BABOK KA), Agile Methods, Career as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
I came across this slideshow from CIO Insight a few weeks ago. The aggressive-looking deck attempts to explain why IT projects fail. I’m always a bit weary of headlines that seem this simplistic, but who knows – maybe they thought up some new ways to blow a project that millions of us hadn’t already avoided, accomplished, or observed. Better yet, w...
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This entry was published on Aug 17, 2010 / Mendix.com. Posted in Agile Methods. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
I went to the Business Analyst World Conference in Melbourne on the 19th and 20th of July. Like last year it was a great event.  On day 1 I spent the whole day in one room (introducing speakers.) and got to listen to three very different stories. Matthew Coppola from Perth training outfit Paramount Training gave a talk on Und...
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A “What If” question for business analysts and IT professionals… What if it suddenly became very easy for someone to do both your job and their own, at the same time? If history provides any forecast for the future of IT, we are likely to see some interesting changes in the way human capital is managed – especially for those of us involved in the...
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This entry was published on Jan 21, 2010 / Derek Roos . Posted in Requirements Analysis (BABOK KA) , Leadership & Management, Agile Methods, Career as a Business Systems Analyst, Roles and Responsibilities, Tools. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Agile for the rest of us
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This entry was published on Mar 30, 2009 / Craig Brown. Posted in Agile Methods. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
My view is that you are making a serious compromise to the potential benfits of swapping across to agile methods if you hang on to a traditional pm process like PRINCE2, but others have different views. Here is one from New Zealand (I think.)
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This entry was published on Mar 13, 2009 / Craig Brown. Posted in Project Management, Agile Methods. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Test driven development is not actually a test methodology.  It's a design philosophy that says "start with the end in mind"  (Thank you Mr Covey.) Here is a slideshow introducing some of the concepts and ideas within the agile method called Test Driven Development. Test Driven Development Tutorial:
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This entry was published on Mar 07, 2009 / Craig Brown. Posted in Testing & Quality Assurance (QA), Agile Methods. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
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