Down with the revolution - hacking the hype and clearing a path for agile business analysis

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Published on April 21, 2014

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Down with the Revolution hacking the hype and clearing a path for agile business analysis DavidJCMorris CSM CBAP ITCP

what do agile practices really mean for business analysts ?

why am I here to talk about this ?

health warning

on with the show ...

agile BA

DON’T PANIC

cutting through the hype

a brief lesson in grammar

“Most media today report that Agile has reached mainstream usage” “Most media today report that agile has reached mainstream usage” “Most media today report that agile practices have reached mainstream usage”

dictionary definition ag·ile [aj-ahyl] –adjective 1. quick and well-coordinated in movement; lithe. 2. active; lively. 3. marked by an ability to think quickly; mentally acute or aware.

a brief history of time

is this an agile revolution?

there will always be cowboys

use simple frameworks

a brief debunking of hype

HYPE is a root cause of antagonism

waterfall practices are bad

agile practices are on a spectrum waterfall ‘rigid’ ‘chaos’agile iterative kanban

if you’re not doing XP or pure Scrum you’re not agile

Snowbird, 2001

individuals beat processes working software beats documentation collaboration beats contracts change beats plans … we have come to value … individuals and interactions over processes and tools working software over comprehensive documentation customer collaboration over contract negotiation responding to change over following a plan while there is value in the items on the right we value the items on the left more. Evil plans for world dominationAgile Manifesto

oh, yeah, we’ve implemented Agile already

Agile projects are just an excuse for no discipline or planning

so if it’s not a revolution, what’s really changed ?

accepting uncertainty shift happens

did the cat survive in the box ?

no plan survives first contact ...

new approach to risk

purpose of gates

gates on ‘waterfall’ projects Analysis Design Development Verification Release

gates on agile projects

gates on agile projects © 2010 International Institute of Business Analysis

value-driven

what is business value ?

Value-driven vs plan-driven Plan- driven Value- driven Fixed Scope Resources Time Waterfall Agile Estimated ScopeResources Time What will it cost to deliver this scope? What scope can we deliver? What’s highest value?

one more thing

on agile projects, there is nowhere to hide. A G I L E

what does it mean for business analysts ?

the need for agile business analysis

change in approach

roles for the business analyst

Systems analysis

Requirements facilitation

Requirements ownership

Product owner (proxy)

business analysis on agile projects © 2010 International Institute of Business Analysis

closing

questions Please note: no kittens were harmed in the making of this presentation

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