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Requirements in Agile Environments

While much of the IT industry has adopted Lean and Agile methods, there is still strong resistance in some organizations.  Often, the first concerns you’ll hear regard the lack of requirements documentation. How can a development team possibly do their work without detailed requirements?  Aren’t we wasting time by building the wrong thing?  Here’s my response.
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Chess and Project Management (Part 3)

While my two previous blog posts focused on the similarities between playing chess and managing a project, it’s also important to note a big difference. Those pieces on the chess board aren’t human, but your team members are…. In chess, the knight moves in an “L-type manner, e.g., ‘up one square and over two’. When you choose to move it, it doesn’t ask why, it doesn’t suggest alternatives, nor does it provide reasons as to why it can’t or shouldn’t (even though I’m sure a talking knight would have saved my skin in one of my most recent games).
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If a picture is worth 1000 words, a prototype is worth 1000 meetings

on 6/8/16 8:48 PM By | Mark Hense | 0 Comments | Agile Requirements Management Lean Startup
I know lots of people who use software. They use it on their way to work, at their desk, after dinner and before going to sleep. I know fewer people who read about software and even fewer who read about how to use software. Kids and teens grew up in a world where things like video games come with no instructions. Most business users of software go to training and then end up back at their desks playing with applications to see ‘where stuff is’ in an application. Even my parents will just start hacking around to figure out how to do stuff on their phones or laptops. I also know a large number of Business Analyst who understand the aforementioned, but still feel the product of interviewing Product Owners and end users has to be an artifact that has bullet points, numbered list or ‘unique identifiers’ for everything they were able to capture during the process. While the document may be very accurate, the pitfalls is that this document mostly serves as proof that the Business Analyst accomplished what they felt was their role on the team. But the pitfalls of the process are best summed up in the analogy.
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Chess and Project Management (Part 2)

This is the second blog post pertaining to my observations related to Project Management, and similarities with the game of chess. Blog 1 discussed the concept of experience and some lessons I’ve learned over the years through post-project analysis. This post will cover the importance of knowing your team and putting them in positions for growth as well as advancement of the project…. “My problem with chess was that all my pieces wanted to end the game as soon as possible.” - Dave Barry
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Chess and Project Management (Part 1)

I found a box of old chess books that I hadn’t touched in 15 years.  After flipping thru some dog-eared pages of classic games, I realized I missed playing and decided to get back into it.  I started by downloading a chess “tactics” application on my phone to use during my train ride to and from the office.  Chess tactics are move sequences in which your opponent is not able to respond to all threats – thereby giving you the advantage.  These move sequences reinforce core chess fundamentals such as “discovered attack”, “pins”, “skewers” and “forks” to name just a few.  The tactics app starts by presenting a board position and asks for the next “best move.”  The better you are at recognizing and applying core fundamentals, the more successful you will be in determining the next best move.  In chess, (and most anything these days) there are helpful guidelines to start you off on the right foot.  For example, “play to control the center of the board”, “don’t sacrifice without a clear and adequate reason”, “develop your knights and bishops first & don’t bring your queen out too early” are just a few to keep in mind. 
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BA's Role - Turning Your Ideas Into a Great Solution

on 5/18/16 1:26 PM By | Mark Hense | 0 Comments | Requirements Management
Over the last decade the business analyst's Role has made a fundimental shift from business rules and system requirements documentation to the shepherd of breakthough innovation.
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Adapting the Business Analyst’s Role for Each Project’s Working Environment

on 12/28/15 2:30 PM By | Reena Vallesterol | 0 Comments | Requirements Management
 
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Process Expertise - Packaged Software Purchase

on 7/17/15 3:37 PM By | Michael McNutt | 0 Comments | Agile Requirements Management
 
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The Value of BA and Data Architecture Collaboration

on 4/24/15 4:47 PM By | Barb Vandenberg | 0 Comments | Agile Requirements Management
 
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I’m the BA! Why should I care about Data?

on 4/24/15 4:45 PM By | Barb Vandenberg | 0 Comments | Agile Requirements Management
 
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Stories from the Business Analysts

on 4/24/15 4:37 PM By | Barb Vandenberg | 0 Comments | Agile Requirements Management
 
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Hard skills will get you a job, but soft skills will take you to the top!

on 4/6/15 5:13 PM By | Barb Vandenberg | 0 Comments | Tips Requirements Management
I wanted to share an interesting LinkedIn article posted by Ananya Pani on the required skills for making a business analyst (BA) successful. You can view her original LinkedIn article here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20141014071957-4421887-must-have-soft-skills-for-a-ba
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When Projects “Miss the Bus”

on 3/17/15 4:13 PM By | Michael McNutt | 0 Comments | Agile Requirements Management
 
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Agile BA: Intro to Adopting Agile

on 11/14/14 1:36 PM By | Mark Hense | 0 Comments | Agile Requirements Management
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Agile BA: Step 1, Take a Deep Breath

on 11/14/14 1:33 PM By | Barb Vandenberg | 0 Comments | Agile Requirements Management
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Agile BA: Role of the BA in Agile

on 11/14/14 1:27 PM By | Barb Vandenberg | 0 Comments | Agile Requirements Management
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Agile BA: BA's Transition to Agile

on 11/14/14 1:22 PM By | Barb Vandenberg | 0 Comments | Agile Requirements Management
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Agile BA: BA's New role Sprint Ahead

on 11/14/14 1:15 PM By | Mark Hense | 0 Comments | Agile Requirements Management
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Agile BA: Educating Product Owners

on 11/14/14 1:13 PM By | Mark Hense | 0 Comments | Agile Requirements Management
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Agile BA: Internal and External Customers

on 11/14/14 1:09 PM By | Mark Hense | 0 Comments | Agile Requirements Management
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