Understanding Lean / Agile Business Analysis

Understanding Lean / Agile Business Analysis

The process of defining IT requirements is evolving rapidly. User Stories, Epics, Features, and Scenarios replace requirement statements. The timing of business analysis activities is shifting. In this overview course, you will learn how to reduce waste in your Business Analysis practices to optimally support the new lean and agile software development world.

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Course Goal

  • Understand how lean principles affect business analysis and the requirements definition process
  • Explain how lean requirements such as Features - User Stories - Epic Scenarios etc. look in a lean/agile world
  • Apply lean principles to known business analysis techniques


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Lesson Plan

How Do Lean Principles Affect the Business Analysis Process?
1 Welcome to the Course Preview
2 Four Philosophies Dominate Current IT Development
3 Potential Wastes in Business Analysis and Requirements Discovery
4 Six Lean Principles to Combat Waste in Business Analysis
5 The Shift Focus from Project to Product in Lean and Agile
Lean Requirements Are the Prime Deliverable of Lean Business Analysis
6 Requirements Constructs in an Agile, Lean Environment
7 Product Backlogs and Other Requirements Repositories and Kanban Boards
8 Managing or Grooming, and Seeding Product Backlogs
9 Knowing When to Do What in a Lean and Agile World
What Lean Techniques Does the One Wearing the BA Hat Need?
10 Creating and Using a Product Vision (Next Big Thing)
11 Defining a Minimum Viable (Buyable) Product
12 Lean Requirements Communication Techniques
13 Lean Problem Analysis Reveals Business Needs
14 Writing SMART Features, Requirements, User Stories, and Epics
15 Using Cynefin to Manage Uncertainty
16 Right-Sizing Epics, Features, User Stories, and Requirements
17 Developing, Presenting, and Analyzing Visual Models
18 Acceptance or Business-Facing Testing
19 What Should You Do Now
20 Appendix - Course Handout for your Notes


Tom Hathaway

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Tom Hathaway

Business Analysis Expert, Speaker, Author, Trainer, Mentor, and Facilitator

Tom has been a business analyst since long before it was called business analysis. He has over 30 years of experience in the fields of information technology, methodologies, and business analysis. In his writings and lectures, he strives for enlightening while entertaining.  He has taught thousands of students business and systems analysis skills since the '80s and has facilitated hundreds of requirements discovery sessions under a variety of acronyms (JAD, ASAP, JADr, JRP, etc). 

As a team, Angela and Tom Hathaway have trained, consulted, mentored and coached thousands of business analysts around the world for organizations from small businesses to Fortune 100. Current and past customers include TIAA-CREF (Financial), Cathay Pacific (Airline), Manitoba Telecom Services (Telecommunications), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Hospitality), government agencies, and a myriad of organizations spanning all sizes and industries. Tom and Angela's training, consulting, and mentoring efforts have saved their customers around the world millions and can help your organization improve its business analysis practices.

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