Business Analysis Agility

Business Analysis Agility


This course turns you into a modern, agile business analyst: more flexible, more nimble, more effective, and more focused on solving the right problem and delivering real value.

8-9 September 2020 (9-17h)
Location: Live Online Event (@YOUR DIGITAL WORKPLACE)
Presented in English by Adrian Reed and James Robertson
Price: 1450 EUR (excl. 21% VAT)
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Full Programme:
8.45h
Welcome in the Waiting Room
9.00h
Start of this LiveOnline Workshop
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Business Analysis Agility

This programme is spread over 2 days, from 9h00 till 17h00. There is a morning coffee/tea break, a lunch break and an afternoon coffee/tea break. Our workshop leaders will answer your questions and talk about your specific business analysis, requirements and/or innovation problems that you have, after the workshop, from 17h00 till 17h30.

James Robertson is an experienced consultant, teacher, author and practitioner whose area of concern is the requirements for products, and the contribution that good requirements make to successful projects. His work in the area of business analysis and requirements gathering is valued by clients around the world.

Adrian Reed is a true advocate of the business analysis profession. In his day job, he acts as Principal Consultant and Director at Blackmetric Business Solutions where he provides Business Analysis consultancy and training solutions to a range of clients in varying industries.

agile Business Analysis

We explore business analysis and show you how you can be more agile, more adaptable in your business analysis activities.

We take you through a framework for discovering the customers and their needs, for finding solutions and evaluating them, designing the business solution and getting it built. We look at how business analysis integrates with either agile or traditional development.

Do You Know What Your Customers Value ?

Identify and prioritise the customer segments. Customer, or user, segments are groups of people with the same characteristics and the same needs. For the highest priority segments, you produce value propositions that set down what you must deliver to satisfy the customers’ business needs. This value proposition is the foundation for what is to follow.

You ensure that it is worthwhile to provide value to a customer segment by looking at the value the segment brings to your organisation.

Are You Solving the Right Problem ?

The business problem is, “How might you deliver the value proposition?” You and your team generate candidate solutions. Instead of stopping at one, you always find that subsequent candidates improve on the original.

To prove that a candidate is solving the right problem, each is the subject of a safe-to-fail probe. This is a quick, cheap experiment to determine the viability, the suitability and the outcome of a solution. You are also working with your customers to ensure that the candidate is solving the right problem and fulfilling the right need.

Investigate the Solution Space

The solution space includes the people, software and devices used to fulfil the needs of the customer segments. When you are investigating this space, you are looking at the necessary business processes, and perhaps building process and data models of them to help with your understanding. You also scope the space so that the team can agree on the extent of the solution.

The solution involves, and is used by humans, so the investigation studies the culture and characteristics of the people involved in the solution. The investigation is quick, but thorough enough to prevent any nasty surprises for the development team.

Designing the Solution

Anything worthwhile is designed. Here you design the business solution to make it usable and convenient. The designing business analyst uses elements of the problem, the desired impact of the solution, the behaviour of the target customer segments, and the value proposition to craft the best possible solution.

Any valuable solution will be innovative. This section looks at some innovation techniques, especially in the areas of providing better information, and making the solution more convenient for its users.

Writing the Right Stories

Stories are fundamental to most agile development. However, if they are to be useful, the stories must be the right stories. This section gives you an approach to writing the right stories, ones that address the real customer problems.

We also show you how story maps give you a more descriptive and usable backlog. Story maps are the ideal repository for the information you are discovering, and the stories needed for the development cycles.

Jack Be Nimble, Jack Be Quick

This section reviews the course and points out how by being agile, business analysis can be done quickly. We also look at other aspects of business analysis, how to break down silos, the minimal amount of effective documentation.

We demonstrate how business analysis can be integrated with, and improve Agile methods such as Scrum, Crystal, etc.

We take a look at lean thinking, and how the agile business analyst can avoid waste, unevenness and overburden.

While you can do your business analysis in an agile way, some organisations require a traditional requirements specification – so we show you how to build one from the results of your agile analysis.

17.00h
End of each workshop day
17.00h - 17.30h
Opportunity to discuss questions and problems with the workshop leaders



This is a very brief overview of the programme of this unique workshop (spread over 2 days):

8.45h- Welcome in the Waiting Room

9.00h - Start of each workshop day

  • agile Business Analysis
  • Do You Know What Your Customers Value ?
  • Are You Solving the Right Problem ?
  • Investigate the Solution Space
  • Designing the Solution
  • Writing the Right Stories
  • Jack Be Nimble, Jack Be Quick

17.00h - End of each workshop day

17.00h - 17.30h - Opportunity to discuss questions and problems with the workshop leaders

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