Posts Tagged ‘Agile’

Agile and the role of the Business Analyst by Debbie Paul

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Debbie Paul is a well known figure into Business Analysis. She has written many books on Business Analysis. Her books on BA are being used for ISEB Business Analysis diploma. I gracefully have passed one exam by reading her book “Business Analysis – Edited by Debra Paul and Donal Yeates”. I really liked and appreciated her book.

There’s no soft version of the book available online as per my knowledge. I would recommend if anyone interested to read it. I’m not sure if it’s available into IIBA’s online library. If Not – will ask Kevin Brennan (IIBA- VP) to add this as well.

Debbie told me this morning that she is currently writing 2nd edition of the Business Analysis book.

Agile is becoming a very attractive practice by every passing day. I personally like to work on Agile by using Agile practices.

Debbie recently organized a half day workshop on “Agile and the role of the Business Analyst”.

Here is the link containing his presentation on the above mentioned topic.

I hope it should be helpful.

Seminar on Agile Methodologies hosted by IBM

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Yesterday i attended a seminar on Agile Methodologies. The event was organized by RUG – Rational User Group and hosted by IBM.

The event was quite informative esepcially meeting with leading thinkers of Agile Methodologies and getting to know their ideas.

I would definitely like to mention about one of the speakers; Clarke Ching – Chairman of Agility in Scotland. He is doing really great work as an Agile Consultant. In his presentation, yesterday, he intelligently proved that Agility is not a new idea or technique being used but it emerged as back as in 1700. He proved it using the examples of James Watt (inventor of Steam Engine) and Abe Lincoln (American President).

Clarke Ching has written a book “Rocks into Gold” on Agile. I was honoured when he gifted me his own book. The book is also available to read online.

Also, it was good to know that Agile is currently making progress and being used by many companies throughout the world. Scott Ambler – Chief Mehtodologist/Agile proved Agile progress with statistics.

I would definitely write more blogs on Agility and would share my experiences as well.

Happy Agility!

Agile Business Analysis

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

You open a Business Analyst website like, read blogs or receive a digest email from Business Analyst groups and communities; Agile Business Analysis is a hot topic coveredin blogs or discussed in groups/communities these days.

This blog on Agile is actually to keep myself into this Agile Season and to give my readers an idea about Agile Business Analysis.

By using Agile methodolgy, project deleivery is chopped up into short iterations – one-to three-week timeboxes depending on the project lenght. Each timebox begins with an iteration planning workshop in which the customer decides which wok should be delivered.

It is the cutomer’s responsibility to select the highest priority requirements from the requirements catalogue.

The selected requirements are built by developers and demonstrated to the customer. During the User Acceptance Criteria, preparations are made for the next possible iteration.

Most of the companies currently not practising Agile processes. There are advantages and disadvantages of using Agile iteration technique. But one thing i should emphasize on is to keep the balance on iterations. The overall project scope should not go beyond the control limits.

In my next blogs, i will write about How Agile Practices Reduce Requirements Risk.

Happy reading!