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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...

Every Project is Like a New Year!

Happy New Year! January tends to be a time of optimism and anticipation for me. I like the feeling of a clean slate. It gives me the freedom to recalculate the future and set new goals. Just as we make New Year’s resolutions to get to better outcomes in our personal lives,...

3 Ways to Apply an Agile Mindset to Any Team

Even if your team isn’t agile, you can start applying an agile mindset to your work. Here are three ways to get started: 1) Focus on the user and customer experience. Discover and really focus on user goals. Determine what your users want or need when they interact with the...

Agile Requirements Documentation – What’s Really Needed?

During agile training sessions, the most common question I get is, “Can you PLEASE just tell me what I need to document as an Agile BA?” So, let’s clear up this up once and for all! The answer is NOT simply user stories and acceptance criteria, or a traditional requirements...

4 Hot Topics from the Orlando BBC Conference

I recently enjoyed several days presenting and participating in the Building Business Capability Conference in Orlando. I am always excited about the themes that come together during these national industry conferences. If you missed it, here’s what you need to know:Put...

Customer Obsession – You Better Have It!

Everything you do impacts the end customer. Yes! Even if your project doesn’t seem to touch the end customer, there’s always a connection. Great BAs understand this and help their stakeholders discover the customer connections for every product, project, enhancement, feature and...

Is Your Roadmap a Joke?

Roadmaps are one of the best and most important tools for project/product teams. When done well, roadmaps provide tremendous value. When done poorly, I hear things like this from BAs and product owners:  “Roadmaps are a joke around here.” “We don’t follow...

Planning for Requirements in Agile – How is it Different from Waterfall?

Many teams struggle with their requirements approach, but it’s especially challenging for teams transitioning from waterfall to agile. If the team neglected requirements planning in waterfall, they assume agile requires even less planning. This leads to even worse results than...

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...

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...