Overview

There are many approaches to Agile but very few address how the Business Analyst fits into the approach or how business analysis is done.  There is more to it than a user story right?  This course helps to identify how business analysis can be done in Agile and how the Business Analyst performs their work as a valued team member, giving them the essential skills to successfully navigate an Agile environment.  This course will explore an overview of Agile principles and several approaches to Agile.  Bob the BA takes a strong consultative approach when onsite to help you deal with business analysis, hybridization of roles and methodologies and much more.

As a business analyst, I want to be able to perform business analysis on an Agile project, so that (insert benefit here!).

Approach

Our goal at Bob the BA is to help you think, learn and work differently so you can make an impact back on the job. If you always do what you have always done, you will end up right where you were before you were trained right?  So at Bob the BA we take a different approach because we know we learn best by doing and not through lecture. Our courses are always hands-on, practicing through exercises, activities, facilitated discussions, case studies, role play, workshops, printed materials and presentations.

Who Should Take This Course?

Anyone that needs to perform business analysis but is unsure how to approach it or what to do when in an Agile environment.

Objectives

  • How the Business Analyst fits into the Agile environment
  • An understanding Agile development foundations
  • An understanding of Agile principles
  • An understanding of different types of Agile approaches
  • Business Analyst roles and responsibilities in Agile environments
  • Understanding self-organized teams and the roles in Agile
  • How the Business Analyst fits in with Agile ceremonies and artifacts
  • How to elicit and communicate requirements in an Agile environment
  • How to plan in Agile (products, releases, sprints)
  • How to develop and manage user stories
  • Development of user stories
  • Development of acceptance criteria
  • Utilizing existing techniques in an Agile environment
  • How to approach hybridization of roles (proxies)
  • How to approach hybridization of methodologies (Scrumban, WAgile, Scrummerfall)

Course Topics

  • An overview of Agile basics
  • Benefits to Agile
  • Barriers to Agile
  • Comparing Agile to other approaches
  • The different types of Agile approaches
  • Using hybrid approaches
  • How the Business Analyst fits into the Agile environment
  • Why the BA role does not have to be complicated in Agile
  • Business Analyst roles and responsibilities in Agile environments
  • Challenges of starting Agile
  • How Agile teams are formed
  • Understanding self-organized teams and the roles in Agile
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Using Agile ceremonies and artifacts
  • A day in the life of Agile
  • Sprints
  • Standups
  • Huddles
  • Planning & estimation
  • Retrospectives
  • Stakeholder analysis, personas and empathy maps
  • How to elicit and communicate requirements in an Agile environment
  • Develop and manage user stories
  • Eliciting user stories
  • Writing user stories
  • Developing acceptance criteria
  • Building story maps
  • The Business Analyst as Product Owner (proxies)
  • Creating a roadmap and vision in Agile
  • Utilizing existing techniques in an Agile environment

Instructors

jennifer batten

jennifer batten

Public Course Instructor - Jennifer Battan, the Out of the Box BA, has an energetic passion injecting innovation and creative problem solving techniques into how BAs do their day to day work. Her passion is helping teams apply the art and science of business analysis techniques with fresh, modern perspectives.  Jen is an internationally recognized conference speaker, educator and thought leader within the business analysis and creative problem solving communities. She served on her local IIBA (International Institute of Business Analysis) Chapter board as President and various roles for more than seven years, and led a content development and writing team for the Guide to the IIBA Body of Knowledge.  Jen has been a passionate volunteer with the Minnesota Destination Imagination Affiliate for more than 18 years, serving as an Appraiser, Regional Challenge Master, and Volunteer Dissector (Challenge Editor) inspiring today's learners to utilize diverse approaches in applying 21st century skills and creativity.

bob prentiss

bob prentiss

Enterprise Solutions Instructor - Bob Prentiss is our fearless leader and innovator. Bob is passionate about helping you think, learn and work differently. Bob is an awesome trainer, speaker, mentor, coach, and author. Collector of all things dragon related and Dr. Who fan. Bob is CBAP certified with 25+ years of experience in corporate America; with a background in managing BA centers of excellence, assessing and managing BA maturity, quality, and competency. Bob is an award winning curriculum developer. Bob has presented numerous keynote, workshops, seminars, conferences, and training sessions across North America. Bob is a founding member and past President of the IIBA MSP Chapter.