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Be careful what you say – you might just get it
"Agile without automation is just waterfall. " This was a statement made to me in an online chat discussion a few years ago, that had me challenging what that might mean and the implications it might have.  Agile as an umbrella label is made up of different approaches to working such as Scrum, Kanban, Lean and so forth.   Agile is about shortening the feedback loop, engaging business throughout…

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Notes on story walls – longer term planning
I have been writing about story walls and how agile teams might use them to manage their work. But some agile teams feel rushed because although they can see what needs doing today, they don’t know what is coming next. So in this article, I will extend the idea of using a story wall to look into the future. A release planThe most common approach to extending the story wall in agile teams is to add…

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Business Analysis: Turning gloop into concrete
Business analysis is often seen as a technical skill. The business analyst builds process and data models, writes precise requirements, makes requirements traceable, estimates the effort involved, and so on. These are what we refer to as hard skills. But a business analyst has another set of responsibilities. The business analyst needs to be able to uncover what it is that stakeholders actually…

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Less is more
I have to confess, I’m a bit of an Audi fan.   Recently I had the opportunity to participate in their  “Audi Ice Experience”, at the Southern Hemisphere Proving Grounds just out of Queenstown NZ. Trying to race against the clock and control the high spec’d vehicles in snow and ice was a lot of fun. One of the vehicles I got to drive was the new TTS, with its “virtual” cockpit and its blistering…

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Top 6 Critical BA Skills For The Future (And Today!) - Part 2
When I wrote part one of this article series, I wanted to go deeper and have heard from many that deeper is where part 2 needs to go!You’ll see the original six critical BA skills below with additional details and questions to help your team think about how to apply these valuable skills. 1. Data Insights: Analyzing Data To Identify Customer Behavior PatternsWhat does this look like for BAs in…

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Two Agile team members using an Agile story wall
Notes on story walls – simple task walls
Most Agile teams use story walls – either physical walls or online tools to store their stories. But a lot of those teams see the wall as a burden rather than a tool that makes life easier for them.  This is a shame because the only reason you want to have a wall is because it makes it quicker and easier for the team to get their work done. From the perspective of the TEAM, the story wall make…

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