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Agile and Business Analysis

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Adopting an Agile approach can revolutionize the way business analysts work. It enables clearer vision and success measure definitions, better stakeholder engagement and a greater understanding of customer needs, amongst other benefits. This book provides a comprehensive introduction to Agile methodologies and explains these in the context of business analysis. It is ideal for business analysts wanting to learn Agile practices, working in an Agile environment, or undertaking Agile certifications.

How To Be An Agile Business Analyst

Author : Kent J McDonald
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Agile business analysis is not about frameworks and prescriptions. Agile business analysis is about applying business analysis techniques in an agile manner so that your team solves the right problems with the right solutions. How To Be An Agile Business Analyst shows you how.

The Power of the Agile Business Analyst second edition

Author : Jamie Lynn Cooke
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Now in its second edition, The Power of the Agile Business Analyst has expanded to include new Agile methods that have emerged or gained prominence since the first edition. Buy this book to learn how to revolutionise your Agile development and increase the value and relevancy of your project outcomes.Learn 30 realistic, achievable ways that an Agile business analyst can increase project efficiency, add value and improve quality.Find out how an Agile business analyst bridges the gap between the needs of the business and the resources of the development team.Now updated with current Agile methods, to support emerging and established business analysts to adapt to new trends. 30 ways an Agile business analyst can help Drawing on her extensive experience, Jamie proposes a new role for Agile projects: The Agile business analyst. She details 30 achievable ways that such a role will increase relevance, quality and overall business value, and provide business users with crucial support. The Agile business analyst is also a boon to the development team, being a ready source of business knowledge and ensuring that project outcomes align with requirements. This book has been updated to: Incorporate behaviour-driven development into the work that the business analyst does to support interface design;Align the programme management strategies of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) to encourage cross-organisational communication and participation;Include full updates throughout the Qualifications section in ‘Getting the Right Agile Business Analyst for Your Team’; andProvide Agile updates, bringing the book back into line with current methods. Support your Agile business user for better project outcomes.

Power of the Agile Business Analyst

Author : Jamie Lynn Cooke
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30 achievable ways in which Agile business analysts can increase the relevance, quality, and overall business value of your Agile projects.

The Agile Business Analyst

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Written with special attention to the challenges facing the IT business analyst, The Agile Business Analyst is a fresh, comprehensive introduction to the concepts and practices of Agile software development. It is also an invaluable reference for anyone in the organization who interacts with, influences, or is affected by the Agile development team. Business analysts will learn the key Agile principles plus valuable tools and techniques for the transition to Agile, including: Card writing Story decomposition How to manage cards in an Agile workflow How to successfully respond to challenges about the value of the BA practice (with an "elevator pitch" for quick reference) Scrum masters, iteration managers, product owners, and developers who have been suddenly thrust into a work environment with a BA will find answers to the many questions they're facing: What does a BA actually do? What's their role on the team? What should I expect from a BA? How and when should I involve a BA, and what are the limits of their responsibility? How can they help my team increase velocity and/or quality? People managers and supervisors will discover: How the BA fits into the Agile team and SDLC Crucial skills and abilities a BA will need to be successful in Agile How to get the team and the new BA off on the right foot How to explain the BA's value proposition to others How adding a BA can solve problems in an established team Executives and directors will find answers to critical questions: In an Agile world, are BAs a benefit or just a cost to my organization? How do I get value from a BA in the transition to Agile? Can I get more from my development team by using the BA as a "force multiplier"? What expectations should I be setting for my discipline managers? With a foreword by Barbara Carkenord, The Agile Business Analyst is a must-read for any analyst working in an Agile environment. "Fresh insights, practical recommendations, and detailed examples, all presented with an entertaining and enjoyable style. Leyton shares his experience, mentoring his reader to be a more effective analyst. He has hit a home run with this book!" --Barbara Carkenord, Director, Business Analysis/RMC Learning Solutions "Leyton does a great job explaining the value of analysis in an Agile environment. If you are a business-analysis practitioner and need help figuring out how you add value to your team, you'll find this book valuable." --Kupe Kupersmith, President, B2T Training

LEAN Business Analysis for Agile Teams

Author : Angela Hathaway
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Lean Business Analysis Weaponizes the Agile Software Development Revolution With the widespread adoption of Agile, software development has gone through some serious remodeling. The changes are a seismic shift from the days of mega-projects and monolithic methodologies. Agile teams build robust products incrementally and iteratively, requiring fast feedback from the business community to define ongoing work. As a result, the process of defining IT requirements is evolving rapidly. Backlogs replace requirements definition documents. User Stories, Epics and Features replace requirement statements. Scenarios and Examples replace test cases. The timing of business analysis activities is shifting like sand. But What Is LEAN Business Analysis? Business Analysis defines the future of Information Technology (IT) in an organization. Lean Business Analysis is the essential next step that enables the business community to take advantage of the speed of software delivery. This book offers a brief overview of how you can reduce waste in Business Analysis practices to optimally support the new lean and agile software development world. Learn how lean principles: Gain business agility by shifting from Project to Product Thinking Accelerate time-to-market with a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) Combat waste in your Business Analysis Life Cycle Optimize software development with effective Product Backlogs Improve the outcome of your Business Analysis techniques Express business needs in Features, User Stories, and Scenarios Deliver product quality with Acceptance (Business-Facing) Testing The authors describe the problems and the process plaguing organizations struggling to ensure that the software development community produces the IT environment that the business community needs. They also show solutions that take advantage of Lean Manufacturing principles to capture and analyze business needs. They explain types of waste prevalent in conventional Business Analysis and suggest approaches to minimize the waste while increasing the quality of the deliverables, namely actionable Features, User Stories, and Requirements that enable Agile Teams. Who Should Read This Book? This book will help anyone who is involved with Agile Software development. In particular, it targets the neglected business roles such as Product Owners, Business Analysts, Test Developers, Business-side and Agile Team Members, Subject Matter Experts, and Product Managers. Who Wrote It? The authors, Tom and Angela Hathaway, have taught thousands of students in face-to-face training, published multiple business analysis books, produced courses available on platforms such as Udemy.com with over 30K students, and enriched the global community with millions of views on their YouTube channel "baexperts".

Agile Business Analysis

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Business Analysis Defined

Author : Thomas and Angela Hathaway
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WHAT IS THIS BOOK ABOUT? Business Analysis in the Real World A Buddhist proverb warns, “Be mindful of intention. Intention is the seed that creates our future.” In a very real sense, this statement expresses the reason for business analysis. This discipline is really all about choosing and defining a desired future because without intention (expressed in business analysis terms, “requirements”), no future is more or less desirable than another. In reality, every organization does some form of business analysis whether it uses the term or not. For many (especially larger organizations), it is an extremely structured, managed process while others thrive on change and only do business analysis when and as needed. The perception that business analysis is only needed to develop IT solutions is inaccurate. Actually, it is a critical component of any change initiative within an organization whether software is involved or not. Current Business Analysis Techniques and Methods The book defines how business analysis is currently practiced. The authors provide insight into this fast-growing field by distinguishing strategic, tactical, and operational business analysis. It provides surveys of what Business Analysts really do and what business analysis techniques people use most often when they are the one “wearing the BA hat”. You will learn what “requirements” really are and what different types of requirements exist. Because many requirements define future information technology (IT) solutions, the authors share their experience on how Waterfall, Iterative, Agile, and Experimental (aka “Chaotic”) Software Development methodologies impact the business analysis responsibility. Who Needs Business Analysis Skills? Although the field of Business Analysis offers great career opportunities for those seeking employment, some level of business analysis skill is essential for any adult in the business world today. Many of the techniques used in the field evolved from earlier lessons learned in systems analysis and have proven themselves to be useful in every walk of life. We have personally experienced how business analysis techniques help even in your private life. We wrote this book for everyday people in the real world to give you a basic understanding of some core business analysis methods and concepts. If this book answers some of your questions, great. If it raises more questions than it answers (implying that it piqued your curiosity), even better. If it motivates you to learn more about this emerging and fascinating topic, it has served its purpose well. WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM READING THIS BOOK? Many distinct roles or job titles in the business community perform business needs analysis for digital solutions. They include: - Product Owners - Business Analysts - Requirements Engineers - Test Developers - Business- and Customer-side Team Members - Agile Team Members - Subject Matter Experts (SME) - Project Leaders and Managers - Systems Analysts and Designers - AND “anyone wearing the business analysis hat”, meaning anyone responsible for defining a future digital solution TOM AND ANGELA’S (the authors) STORY Like all good IT stories, theirs started on a project many years ago. Tom was the super techie, Angela the super SME. They fought their way through the 3-year development of a new policy maintenance system for an insurance company. They vehemently disagreed on many aspects, but in the process discovered a fundamental truth about IT projects. The business community (Angela) should decide on the business needs while the technical team’s (Tom)’s job was to make the technology deliver what the business needed. Talk about a revolutionary idea! All that was left was learning how to communicate with each other without bloodshed to make the project a resounding success. Mission accomplished. They decided this epiphany was so important that the world needed to know about it. As a result, they made it their mission (and their passion) to share this ground-breaking concept with the rest of the world. To achieve that lofty goal, they married and began the mission that still defines their life. After over 30 years of living and working together 24x7x365, they are still wildly enthusiastic about helping the victims of technology learn how to ask for and get the digital (IT) solutions they need to do their jobs better. More importantly, they are more enthusiastically in love with each other than ever before!

Using Agile In A Quality Driven Environment

Author : Leslie Munday
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This book documents a business analyst's experience with agile projects; Scrum in particular. It describes activities performed outside of the sprint cycle and identifies the benefits and quality that they bring to the implementation of a deliverable product. These activities are captured within a process named Quality With Agile, or QWAP for short. This book documents the QWAP process and how it is applied to Scrum, SAFe and Kanban.

Exam Prep for Power of the Agile Business Analyst

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Agile Business Requirements Analysis

Author : Trond Frantzen
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One of the biggest challenges for any analyst is the awkward issue of how to get a project started as quickly as possible. An analyst needs to be visible and productive just about right away because, well, clients think of them as experts who can walk on water while so many pass water. But, as we all know, analysts come into an organization or are assigned a project, have little background on what makes it tick or who has the knowledge, and are expected to become visibly productive just about right away.In a dramatic departure from the uncertainty of the past, the approach to business system analysis detailed in this book is very straightforward, making it easy to begin and finish.With this approach to business analysis, you will learn how to identify business events or circumstances in the target system; how to find the subjects for context-specific questions; how to structure the questions to be asked; and how to organize and document the results - all without pain. It is suitable for for senior level analysts with extensive experience and for new analysts too. The Method in this book is a gateway to fast, agile, accurate specifications.The event-based approach to business system analysis described in this book appears to be non-technical in its application. That's because there was no apparent reason to make business requirements analysis a technical exercise. Under the surface, however, there is a very technically precise blueprint that enables us to find context-specific questions to ask the business experts; document concise answers to those questions; and a method to generate a prescription for database design (if required) based directly on the business needs.This is a book about getting the business requirements for a system specified fast and right the very first time - without engaging in an archaeological dig that takes forever.

The Practical Guide to Agile Business Analysis

Author : Howard Podeswa
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In A Practical Guide to Agile Planning, Howard Podeswa walks students through an integrated case study project from inception through to completion, offering detailed, step-by-step guidance for performing analysis across the entire agile lifecycle. Students will learn which tools to use, when to use them, how to "stage" agile analysis, and how to adapt analysis for agile projects while protecting the chain from business needs to solutions. Students will learn how to engage more productively with the business by applying a wide range of analysis tools, including use cases, user stories, Business Process Modeling (BPM), decision tables, traceability matrices, and structural modeling. Podeswa shows how to write effective acceptance criteria for agile projects using the powerful BDD (Behavior-Driven Development) Given/When/Then template. He covers analysis for release plan preparation, sprints, backlog management, and retrospectives; and offers a full chapter of guidance on scaling analysis for large agile projects.

Digital Skills for Agile Business Analysis

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Welcome to Mobile Skills, a digital by default innovation platform focused on digital skills development. This Agile Business Analysis toolkit is the collective term for digital skills, digital innovation, technology-enabled competencies, and skills development. This includes the convergence of technology, digital, mobile, professional, marketing, and social media interactions increasingly seen as an integral part of the solution to many of the challenges facing a number of sectors and industries. It seeks to improve people’s ability to self-manage their career and professional development, alert businesses to changes in their service condition and support shared economy adherence. The Agile Business Analysis toolkit considers the barriers to digital adoption, shifting dynamics between consumers, business users, professionals, market analysis and how technology can help providers to work differently.

Getting and Writing IT Requirements in a Lean and Agile World

Author : Thomas and Angela Hathaway
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WHAT IS THIS BOOK ABOUT? Communicate Business Needs in an Agile (e.g. Scrum) or Lean (e.g. Kanban) Environment Problem solvers are in demand in every organization, large and small, from a Mom and Pop shop to the federal government. Increase your confidence and your value to organizations by improving your ability to analyze, extract, express, and discuss business needs in formats supported by Agile, Lean, and DevOps. The single largest challenge facing organizations around the world is how to leverage their Information Technology to gain competitive advantage. This is not about how to program the devices; it is figuring out what the devices should do. The skills needed to identify and define the best IT solutions are invaluable for every role in the organization. These skills can propel you from the mail room to the boardroom by making your organization more effective and more profitable. Whether you: - are tasked with defining business needs for a product or existing software, - need to prove that a digital solution works, - want to expand your User Story and requirements discovery toolkit, or - are interested in becoming a Business Analyst, this book presents invaluable ideas that you can steal. The future looks bright for those who embrace Lean concepts and are prepared to engage with the business community to ensure the success of Agile initiatives. WHAT YOU WILL LEARN Learn Step by Step When and How to Define Lean / Agile Requirements Agile, Lean, DevOps, and Continuous Delivery do not change the need for good business analysis. In this book, you will learn how the new software development philosophies influence the discovery, expression, and analysis of business needs. We will cover User Stories, Features, and Quality Requirements (a.k.a. Non-functional Requirements – NFR). User Story Splitting and Feature Drill-down transform business needs into technology solutions. Acceptance Tests (Scenarios, Scenario Outlines, and Examples) have become a critical part of many Lean development approaches. To support this new testing paradigm, you will also learn how to identify and optimize Scenarios, Scenario Outlines, and Examples in GIVEN-WHEN-THEN format (Gherkin) that are the bases for Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD) and Behavior Driven Development (BDD). This book presents concrete approaches that take you from day one of a change initiative to the ongoing acceptance testing in a continuous delivery environment. The authors introduce novel and innovative ideas that augment tried-and-true techniques for: - discovering and capturing what your stakeholders need, - writing and refining the needs as the work progresses, and - developing scenarios to verify that the software does what it should. Approaches that proved their value in conventional settings have been redefined to ferret out and eliminate waste (a pillar of the Lean philosophy). Those approaches are fine-tuned and perfected to support the Lean and Agile movement that defines current software development. In addition, the book is chock-full of examples and exercises that allow you to confirm your understanding of the presented ideas. WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM READING THIS BOOK? How organizations develop and deliver working software has changed significantly in recent years. Because the change was greatest in the developer community, many books and courses justifiably target that group. There is, however, an overlooked group of people essential to the development of software-as-an-asset that have been neglected. Many distinct roles or job titles in the business community perform business needs analysis for digital solutions. They include: - Product Owners - Business Analysts - Requirements Engineers - Test Developers - Business- and Customer-side Team Members - Agile Team Members - Subject Matter Experts (SME) - Project Leaders and Managers - Systems Analysts and Designers - AND “anyone wearing the business analysis hat”, meaning anyone responsible for defining a future IT solution TOM AND ANGELA’S (the authors) STORY Like all good IT stories, theirs started on a project many years ago. Tom was the super techie, Angela the super SME. They fought their way through the 3-year development of a new policy maintenance system for an insurance company. They vehemently disagreed on many aspects, but in the process discovered a fundamental truth about IT projects. The business community (Angela) should decide on the business needs while the technical team’s (Tom)’s job was to make the technology deliver what the business needed. Talk about a revolutionary idea! All that was left was learning how to communicate with each other without bloodshed to make the project a resounding success. Mission accomplished. They decided this epiphany was so important that the world needed to know about it. As a result, they made it their mission (and their passion) to share this ground-breaking concept with the rest of the world. To achieve that lofty goal, they married and began the mission that still defines their life. After over 30 years of living and working together 24x7x365, they are still wildly enthusiastic about helping the victims of technology learn how to ask for and get the IT solutions they need to do their jobs better. More importantly, they are more enthusiastically in love with each other than ever before!

Trond Frantzen s Rapid Agile Business System Analysis

Author : Trond Frantzen
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Digital Business Analysis

Author : Fredrik Milani
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This book frames business analysis in the context of digital technologies. It introduces modern business analysis techniques, including a selection of those in the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK) by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA), and exemplifies them by means of digital technologies applied to solve problems or exploit new business opportunities. It also includes in-depth case studies in which business problems and opportunities, drawn from real-world scenarios, are mapped to digital solutions. The work is summarized in seven guiding principles that should be followed by every business analyst. This book is intended mainly for students in business informatics and related areas, and for professionals who want to acquire a solid background for their daily work. It is suitable both for courses and for self-study. Additional teaching materials such as lecture videos, slides, question bank, exams, and seminar materials are accessible on the companion web-page.

CBAP CCBA Certified Business Analysis Study Guide

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The bestselling CBAP/CCBA study guide, updated for exam v3.0 The CBAP/CCBA Certified Business Analysis Study Guide, Second Edition offers 100% coverage of all exam objectives for the Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) and Certification of Competency in Business Analysis (CCBA) exams offered by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA). Detailed coverage encompasses all six knowledge areas defined by the Guide to Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK): Planning and Monitoring, Elicitation, Requirements Management and Communication, Enterprise Analysis, Requirements Analysis, and Solution Assessment and Validation, including expert guidance toward all underlying competencies. Real-world scenarios help you align your existing experience with the BABOK, and topic summaries, tips and tricks, practice questions, and objective-mapping give you a solid framework for success on the exam. You also gain access to the Sybex interactive learning environment, featuring review questions, electronic flashcards, and four practice exams to help you gauge your understanding and be fully prepared exam day. As more and more organizations seek to streamline production models, the demand for qualified Business Analysts is growing. This guide provides a personalized study program to help you take your place among those certified in essential business analysis skills. Review the BABOK standards and best practices Master the core Business Analysis competencies Test your preparedness with focused review questions Access CBAP and CCBA practice exams, study tools, and more As the liaison between the customer and the technical team, the Business Analyst is integral to ensuring that the solution satisfies the customer's needs. The BABOK standards codify best practices for this essential role, and the CBAP and CCBA certifications prove your ability to perform them effectively. The CBAP/CCBA Certified Business Analysis Study Guide, Second Edition provides thorough preparation customizable to your needs, to help you maximize your study time and ensure your success.

NLP for Business Analysts

Author : Peter Parkes
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Business analysis is becoming less about managing tools and processes and more about delivering through people. This is the only book on neuro-linguistic programming written specifically for business analysts. It will equip them to communicate across cultures, resolve conflicts, motivate teams and become better leaders.

A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge Babok Guide

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Agile Extension to the BABOK Guide Version 1 0

Author : International Institute of Business Analysis
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