IIBA Dallas Chapter Meeting February 15th, 2018
Who is holding the Umbrella (labeled Agile) for the Business Analysis?
Why do we humans have Umbrella’s - to keep us dry in the rain (obviously). What’s the talk of umbrellas all about… because Agile is suppose to shield us from the backlash of the Software Development Waterfall? - NO- Have you ever been at a large waterfall - there is no umbrella that can keep one dry at Niagara Falls.
So who is going to hold the umbrella - YOU ARE!
I use the umbrella as an analogy / a metaphor for the processes and practices that might be included within the dry envelope of the Agile shield. These are processes such as Scrum (best known), XP (the best), Crystal (unknown - but clear), DSDM (unclear and unknown), many other lightweight processes - as compared to the 1980 & 90-s heavyweight processes - name one (RUP).
Quick overview of the Agile landscape; where might we draw the boundary lines?
An Assertion to the WHY of Agile. Let’s use this as a purpose statement.
If the WHY - holds true… then we should look at How - then What.
How does this purpose of Agile get put into action?
What changes will this mean in our traditional roles?
Let’s talk about team member roles.
How will the traditional BA fit into this new team model where the requirements are delivered just-in-time and very lightweight? Do you see a gap in capabilities, can you sense a need?
Top 3 to 5 Presentation Goals:
- Distinguish the major terms of Agile / Scrum / XP / SAFe and many other terms in SW Development
- Understand the reasoning behind generic roles (team members) in many Agile practices
- Articulate how the BA role will fulfill the existing needs of an Agile team.
- Group discussing on preparing for this Agile Transition.
About the Speaker
David is an Agile Transition Guide for organizations wishing to explore and discover their unique path to Lean/Agile software development. Previously a software engineer with 20+ years developing software solutions within a variety of industries. David uses his experience in group dynamics, systems thinking and the power of the Agile philosophy to unleash a team’s full potential. He enjoys mentoring individuals and coaching teams. David believes in empowering the team with self-organization, setting them on the path to achieve the team's purpose and providing them the proper intrinsic motivation to move the team along the productivity curve toward ultra performance. David has experience teaching Scrum and XP practices to multiple groups that evolved into Agile teams delivering quality software and value to customers.
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