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The Business Analysis on Agile Frameworks Overview

The dust is settling and Agile is now a main-stream approach to providing value to our stakeholders quicker.  Even though the experts still struggle to define “Agile”, we all agree that delivering small bursts of value, learning and then following up with more value is a more cost-effective and satisfies our stakeholders more efficiently than the days of the big bang waterfall or even iterative deliveries that stretch upwards of a year before producing anything usable.  Agile principles always focused on communication and there was an expectation that members of small development teams would communicate with the all-knowing Product Owner to derive all stakeholder needs.  “Doing” business analysis in agile frameworks removes many templatized approaches traditional business analysts took to conducting requirements engineering.  This class will focus on giving you hands-on experience utilizing many  tools in your tool chest and pulling out the right tool for the right situation at the right time, which is even more critical in Agile frameworks


The Business Analysis on Agile Frameworks Outline

1. Agile Overview

  • Definitions of Agile

  • Agile Mindset

  • Flavors of Agile

  • Business Case for Agile

Practice Sessions:

  • Brainstorm your understanding of what Agile means

  • What does the Agile Manifesto mean to you?

  • Business case development for framework solution

2. The Agile Business Analyst Debate

  • 20-year evolution of the role of business analysis in agile frameworks

  • Business analysis value proposition

  • Business analyst models based on variables

Practice Sessions:

  • Agile timeline with evidence of business analysis influence

  • Brainstorm business analyst roles and responsibilities

3. Guidance for Business Analysis Agility

  • Principles and guidance for working in the agile environment.

  • Principles of Agile Business Analysis

  • Business Analysis Core Concept Model™

  • Agile Business Analysis Horizons

Practice Sessions:

  • Mind map extension of the business analysis principles

  • Root cause analysis of business analysis failures on agile projects

  • Brainstorm valuable underlying competencies to hone

4. Strategy Horizon

  • Is the need worth satisfying?

  • Create initiative?

  • Modify initiative?

Practice Sessions:

  • Perform Stakeholder Analysis

  • Develop Problem / Vision Statement

  • Develop impact map

  • Perform value modelling using multiple techniques

  • Develop initiative path (MVP, Roadmaps)

5. Initiative Horizon

  • What solutions satisfy the need?

  • What features to deliver when?

  • Assess viability of initiative going forward

Practice Sessions:

  • Develop customer personas

  • Develop user stories, perform story mapping, and prioritize backlog using interesting techniques

6. Delivery Horizon

  • Ready the backlog

  • Value management

Practice Sessions:

  • Develop job stories

  • Develop Storyboard

  • Elaborate user stories with effective acceptance criteria

  • Practice real options

  • Perform retrospective

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