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New Post 9/8/2009 1:43 AM
User is offline bernard
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Exercise to show value of BA? 

Hi all

I'm in an environment where BA's are not valued at all. There are 4 of us and about 15 PM's. The PM's do all the tasks that the BA's should do, but they don't do it right so we have to go in afterwards and clean up.

I've been asked to give a talk to the PM's on the value of BA's. Is there an exercise I can get the PM's to do that shows the value / need for proper BA's in a project?

For example, we had a talk on AGILE and SCRUM a few weeks ago and it involved throwing tennis balls to each other and estimating what we could do. There would be a 2 minute break to discuss what worked, what didn't and how to improve. We then set a new target and went again. This went on for 5 revolutions. We then related what we did back to AGILE.

I'd like it to be interactive but am at a bit of a loss on how to make it a bit 'sexy'!

 
New Post 9/8/2009 2:05 AM
User is offline Guy Beauchamp
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Re: Exercise to show value of BA? 

Bernard,

Here's an excerise I have done several times that gets people involved - introduce the exercise with a discussion about how the job of a BA is to explore complex situations and problems, analyse the answers and explain them back to users, change management and IT professionals so a solution that meets user requirements and it is unambiguous enough for change mangers and IT professionals to develop a physical solutions.

Now break them up in to groups of 3 or 4 people.

They have to use the following text so give them handouts of the following:

"The names, not necessarily respectively, of the brakeman, fireman, and engineer of a certain train were Smith, Jones, and Robinson. Three passengers on the train happened to have the same names and, in order to distinguish them from the railway employees, will be referred to hereafter as Mr. Smith, Mr. Jones, and Mr. Robinson. Mr. Robinson lived in Manchester; the brakeman lived halfway between Lancaster and Manchester; Mr. Jones earned exactly $20,000 per year; Smith beat the fireman at darts; the brakeman's next-door neighbour, one of the passengers, earned exactly three times as much as the brakeman; and the passenger who lived in Lancaster had the same name as the brakeman.

Each team has to provide a diagramatic and/or textural proof that the engineer must have been called Smith.

Deliverables: flipchart presentation that proves the solution is correct.

Time: 1 hour "

The exercise will require them to find a way of representing the facts that are presented in the text, and deduce new facts from those facts to the point where the inevitable conclusion is that the engineer is called Smith.

If you want to make it really fun and the group dynamics support it, then tell them that they won't be presenting their own answers back to the group but one of the other teams will. I.e. they have to present back each other's answers. This is a really good way of showing that if it is not obviously written down in a logical ordered way it will not communicate.

I have a couple of example asnwers - email me at Guy@smart-BA.com if you want them.

I have seen all kinds of solution to this - most groups succeed but may need helpful hints along the way. The single most common mistake is that they don't write everything down and do not indicate the sequence in which the facts must be uncovered.

Hope this helps and have fun!

Guy

 

 
New Post 9/8/2009 2:41 AM
User is offline bernard
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Re: Exercise to show value of BA? 

Thanks Guy, that's a great exercise to do.

Just got to hope the BA's do deliver something back that is more useable than the PM's!

I've emailed you regarding the examples

 
New Post 9/8/2009 8:21 AM
User is offline Chris Adams
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Re: Exercise to show value of BA? 

This is a great excercise Guy. Thanks for sharing.


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New Post 11/25/2009 6:01 AM
User is offline bernard
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Re: Exercise to show value of BA? 

Are there any others that are a little shorter?

Our manager has given us a slot and wants an interactive group thing, but we don't have the time required to do this task.....?

 
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