The purpose of a heart attack is to put me in a place I needed to be. As hard as heart attacks are, I'm glad I had mine when I did.
Being an empathetic agent of change.
In Agile, many techniques can be used to improve different aspects of the processes. Many of them may on the surface appear to be similar in purpose. But when you look closer, there may be a distinction that favors one over another for specific situations. So, how do we determine which technique is appropriate to … Continue reading Three Factors in Choosing the Best Technique
As I am writing this, I have recently finished a panel discussion on Agile Transformation given at my IIBA Chapter. One of the recurring themes of any discussion involving Business Analysis is stakeholder engagement. Lack of stakeholder engagement shows up in a myriad of ways ranging from indifferent behaviors to actual hostility toward anything involving … Continue reading How to Avoid Delegation Through Abdication
When we think of Agile, we often think of solution delivery. One of the things I've observed about IIBA is that it looks beyond the boundaries of the delivery functions. The Business Analysis certifications look before and after the project, to identify activities leading to and resulting from the project. Agile Analysis is no different. … Continue reading The Three Horizons
J.S. Bach Yes, that Bach. Johann Sebastian. There were others, his children primarily. In many ways, western music is influenced by him more than anyone else in history, including (I can hear the collective gasp) the Beatles. I'm not going to review his impact on music though, but his impact on the beginnings of my … Continue reading Process Begins with Bach
In today’s post, I will discuss The Agile Mindset. You may be thinking, why do they call this a mindset? Isn’t it simply a methodology or framework that is applied to solve a problem? Some clarity is needed to define what is a framework or a methodology. And with that clarity, we will show that Agile … Continue reading Understanding the Agile Mindset
Characteristics of Agile Frameworks The 7 Principles of Agile Business Analysis describe how Agile operates. But there’s another way to look at it. When you see an Agile environment, what are the characteristics of that environment? How can you look in from the outside and say, “That looks like they’re doing some flavor of Agile?” Examples of … Continue reading Examples of Agile Frameworks
According to legend, 17 people went to Snowbird Ski Resort in Utah in February 2001, desiring to codify a document uniting their various methodologies. What they came up with was the Agile Manifesto. Agile Manifesto We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it. Through this work we have … Continue reading Agile, Shmagile – What’s so Great About the Agile Manifesto?
Planning There are multiple ways you can look at planning, and each may apply to each Horizon. Here are a few that have been applied over the years. I’m sure there are others. Types of Planning Agile Extension to the BABOK® Guide – pg. 3 First, there’s Iterative Planning. Any discussion about Agile has to mention … Continue reading Role of Agile Analysis