15
Sep

FREE Agile Product Ownership eBook!

Is agile living up to the hype? Many teams want to see better agile results, but can’t pinpoint the root cause of their struggles. In many cases, the missing link between “agile struggle” and “agile success” is the effectiveness of the product owner...
29
Aug

The Shift To Modern Requirements

I’ve been on the road quite a bit lately, and part of my travels include delivering conference presentations about modernizing requirements. The presentations hit home with those who are feeling the stress of increasing speed, complexity, ambiguity and change. Trends and...
15
Aug

7 Hot Topics from Agile2017 in Orlando

I had the opportunity to speak at Agile2017 in Orlando this year. It was a great conference! I connected with so many colleagues & friends and met lots of new friends as well.Besides speaking and networking, I attended some great sessions. The sessions at this conference...
17
Jul

Are You Building The Past Or The Future?

Organization leaders are always looking for ways to speed things up. I never get more than a few minutes into a conversation with a director or an executive, before they begin sharing their frustration about the slow pace of change. They don’t understand why new initiatives take...
12
Jul

Survival Guide: Bouncing Back And Forth Between Agile AND Waterfall

Are you bouncing back and forth between agile and waterfall? It’s quite common these days for Business Analysts to grapple with both agile and traditional approaches to requirements and development work. This can be frustrating, and Business Analysts may feel like a ping pong...
17
Jun

Improve Your Requirements by Avoiding These 4 Words

There are so many things that impact the quality of our requirements. We have the ability to influence many of them, but our influence is often limited. One thing we do have control over are the words we use to describe and document (if needed) requirements. It can be tough to...
30
May

4 Agile Metrics Every Business Analyst And Product Owner Should Care About

It is true that “working software is the primary measure of progress” in Agile, but that is not our only measure. The Agile Principles also call us to reflect on how to become more effective. As Business Analysts and Product Owners, we should care about metrics that provi...
17
May

3 Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Mental Workspace

Spring has sprung here in Minnesota! After the long winter, it’s time to open the windows, air out the house and do a little spring cleaning. This burst of spring energy leads to many home projects, but it carries over into my work as well. Spring inspires me to do a little...
02
May

4 Roadblocks That Prevent You From Delivering Value To Customers

Business analysts get cast in many roles on project teams, but one of their most important roles is a customer advocate. Great Business Analysts understand customer needs and provide the voice of the customer to inform priorities and decisions. When the customer is the focal...
17
Apr

4 Ways to Boost the Impact of Agile BAs

The Agile Business Analyst role is still murky for many organizations. But the lack of clarity is a blessing in disguise. It gives BAs an amazing opportunity to advocate for themselves and help leaders understand how to deploy BA skills to serve agile projects. If you find...