One area that continues to remain vague is the role of the business analyst (BA). Below are some steps to help business analysts navigate their way through the transition to agile and add the most value to their agile teams..
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Adding Value as an Agile Business Analyst

The End is Nigh

Michael F. White, Business Analyst and Founder of The Business Analysis Doctor, LLC

As more organizations move toward agility, development and project management teams still struggling to define a common language and standard regarding the agile framework. In addition, many organizations that are implementing agile approaches have not fully planned the transition and are still unclear on how to fully optimize the approach. One area that continues to remain vague is the role of the business analyst (BA). Below are some steps to help business analysts navigate their way through the transition to agile and add the most value to their agile teams...

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The End is Nigh

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Bob the BA is now the Uncommon League... It’s not the end - it’s the start of something awesome! Together Bob the BA and the Uncommon League bring a whole new exciting course catalog.

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Embrace Gamestorming

Rohela Rouf, Business Analyst

First of all, let’s get this out of the way. Gamestorming is not new. Gamestorming is a collection of ‘games’ put together under the banner of ‘gamestorming’. As a business analyst (BA) I can assure you there will be many games in the book and on the website, that you have used in your role under different guises.  Dave Gray (co-author of ‘gamestorming’) put it best when he described himself and his fellow authors as the Grimms brothers. The Grimms brothers, if you are not familiar with them- they brought together different fairy tales and published them in a book...

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Are You an ‘Analyst’ or a ‘Facilitator’?

Grow and expand skills

Adam Alami, PhD Fellow, IT University of Copenhagen

Surely facilitation is an important part of a business analyst’s job, but it is far from the only part. Analysis in itself should always form the core of a business analyst’s responsibilities.  We are called ‘analysts’ for a reason! Facilitating information gathering and translating it to ‘requirements’ doesn’t make you an ‘analyst’. Go above and beyond, and add value by ‘reasoning backwards’ and ‘reasoning analytically’...

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Reconfiguration Agility

Ronald G. Ross, Co-Founder & Principal, Business Rule Solutions, LLC

One of the Sidebars to the Business Agility Manifesto introduces the notion of Reconfiguration Agility. It’s a fundamental capability your organization needs in the Knowledge Age. What’s it about?  In the big scheme of things, you have two basic choices for conceiving, and ultimately implementing, business capabilities: proceduralor declarative. They are fundamentally different.  Traditionally, the vast majority of business systems have been modeled and constructed on a largely procedural basis – virtually all things tied together step-by-step in processes. Unfortunately, that procedural approach simply doesn’t scale...

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Expedia, Inc. has openings for the following positions in Bellevue, WA

Senior Business Intelligence Analysts (Job ID#: 728.5047): Design and develop reporting solutions that communicate performance metrics, illustrate key trends, and enable complex business analytics.

To apply, send resume to: Expedia Recruiting, 333 108th Avenue NE, Bellevue, WA 98004. Must reference Job ID#.

Intuit Inc. has openings for the following positions in Mountain View, CA:

Senior Business Data Analysts (Job code: I-3528):  Deliver key metrics, reports, dashboards and ad-hoc analyses with interpretation, contributing to the development of hypotheses and actions. 

To apply, submit resume to Intuit Inc., Attn: Olivia Sawyer, J203-6, 2800 E. Commerce Center Place, Tucson, AZ 85706. You must include the job code on your resume/cover letter.  Intuit supports workforce diversity.

Apple Inc. has multiple positions available for the following job opportunities in Cupertino, CA:

* Technical Project Specialist (REQ#ARBMAR) Dsgn, dev & implmnt world class reprtng & analytcs stratgies for the App store businss team.
* Professional Services Consultant (REQ#AU46JF) Provde biz reqmt anlysis, reports & anlytcs for the One Apple CRM.
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