A Community of Thinkers

Here is my way of showing my support for the idea of ”A Community of Thinkers” by Liz Keogh, Jean Tabaka and Eric Willeke.

Do We Need (Another) Business Analysis Certification?

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In a recent blog post I predicated that within the year PMI would come out with a Requirements Management Certification. In the interest of full disclosure and learning from our mistakes, I’m writing here to acknowledge I was wrong, well sort of. PMI is coming out with a another certification, but it’s not limited to Requirements Management.

Thoughts on Outcome Based Metrics

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I provide some thoughts on Time to Value as an outcome based metric in response to a post by Chris Matts. I put them here partly because they’re quite lengthy and partly because he deleted (accidentally) the first comment I placed on his post.

BDD and the Business Analyst

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This morning (November 22, 2013) I had the opportunity to be involved in a very unique discussion. SkillsMatter hosted the Agile Testing & BDD Exchange in London. This particular discussion involved people from three different countries, and only one of them was actually in London when the conversation occurred.

Analysis and Product Management In Agile

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I am proud to be a part of a new program in the Agile Alliance – Analysis and Product Management in Agile that was formed with the purpose of providing a way for practitioners in the business analysis and product management communities to share stories, questions, and puzzles about using those skills in an agile setting and to share ideas between communities. The first activity of the program will be an Agile Open Jam at the Building Business Capability (BBC) conference

Is Business Analyst a stepping stone for Project Manager?

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Business analysis and project management are two different skill sets. People who excel at one should not be forced to move to the other simply to progress in their careers.

What BA’s Can Learn from Small Business Pricing

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Business analysts typically work in large organizations as resources on projects focused on eliciting and documenting requirements. The truth is, they add much more value when they think more like small business owners and consultants. This post takes a look at lessons BA’s can learn from ebook about pricing consulting services.

Better, Cheaper, Faster, sort of…

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If your development organization is adopting agile, you may be able to get to better, cheaper, faster but you aren’t going to really see those types of benefits unless you bring your stakeholders along for the ride.

Decision Filters

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Decision filters are a useful technique for sharing strategies, objectives, or intents with those who have to act to make them happen. I explain more about this technique in this post.

My New Years Resolution – Help Find a Cure for T1D

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I’m resolving to kick off a campaign to raise funds to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. Read more to find out how you can help.