What is the Role of the Business Analyst in Agile?

If you’re thinking that the Agile methodology doesn’t make clear the business analyst’s job…well, you’re not wrong. However, you may be looking in the wrong place. “A Guide to the Business Analysis Book of Knowledge (BABOK)”, says that a business analyst is (emphasis added):  …any person who performs business analysis tasks…no matter their job title or […]
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The Importance of Data Analytics

The current obsession with predictive analytics and big data has many organizations fixated on “bottom-up” analysis. Hype has resulted in business leaders thinking there are huge nuggets to be mined from their data lakes—if only they can find the right tools. Time and time again, I see this mindset result in disappointment and disillusionment with […]
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Where Do BA’s Live in the Agile Ecosystem?

“Where do Business Analysts live in the Agile ecosystem?”, or some variant of this question, is probably the one I am most often asked in my consultancy engagements. It pops up at different times in different places in different Agile adoption initiatives. But almost invariably it will be asked. Why? Well for a start, the […]
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Some Certification Exam Day Tips for Future PMPs and CBAPs

On your certification exam day, you should be relaxed, psychologically prepared, and confident.  Taking the PMP, CBAP or other certification exam can be a stressful event! Try to be well rested and adequately nourished when you take the exam. Staying up all night before the exam for some last minute studying is not a good idea. […]
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Get Involved with PMI’s New Practice Standard for Requirements Management


There sure are many opportunities for all you project managers and business analysts who are crazy about requirements to get involved with developing or reviewing new standards focusing on exactly that discipline.  I mentioned one opportunity in an earlier post about the current time window for public review of the IIBA’s new version 3 of the BABOK® Guide. Well, here […]
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