June 22, 2016
Writing an Agile Article for a Proper Journal

The work of the agile business analyst is never done is one of the conclusions reached in my first agile article for online journal InfoQ User Stories Are Placeholders for Requirements. At 3500 words plus five key take-away points, and with editorial and peer-review by the wonderful agile writer and educator Ben Linders, this was […]

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January 6, 2015
Believe Me, I’m Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Research of agile process improvement honours the management gurus of the 50s and 60s The phrase ‘stand on the shoulders of giants’ appears in bold green lettering every time I do any ‘proper’ research. Google has turned Isaac Newton’s 17th century quip into friendly advice on its academic search page. The research is towards a […]

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October 7, 2014
Cost of selling on-line down by 45 points

Another true story about the art of Agile Estimation About 14 months ago, I wrote this story card: We should sell estimation cards online, to offset the cost of producing them We gave it an estimate of 50 points as it seemed “do-able”, but no-one was exactly sure “how” to do it. Amazon was a […]

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May 1, 2014
Is Your Agile Head in the Clouds?

On a recent trip to South America, partly to spread the word about agile process improvement on another continent, it was time to catch up on some background reading and one blog in particular caught my attention.

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October 18, 2013
Customers are always right, but shouldn't be made to pay a price of "being right"

What the customer asks you to do, is not necessarily what they want you to do We all know the expression “the customer is always right”, well in many environments I’ve worked in that maxim is followed so strictly it becomes “do exactly what the customer tells you, and dont question it”. I thought about this recently, when a […]

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November 12, 2012
British Pub Menu Notation (Funny BPMN) BA Humour

Having fun on the Intro to Business Analysis course We had attendees from “the Nordics” (Denmark, Norway and Sweden), Switzerland, Middle East, Africa and the UK. Everyone was happy to contribute and participate, so everything fell perfectly into place and we just had so much fun on the course. Afterwards, Jakob (from Addeco) sent an email […]

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November 4, 2012
UML / BPMN Reference Charts

When I teach BPMN I like to hand out this poster BPMN-2 Poster as reference. I particularly like the way the “Berliner BPM-Offensive” describes the use of the gateways: When splitting…. When joining… You can get the original, in many different languages from here.   Following the course, I received this poster for UML syntax. By coincidence, the author […]

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October 14, 2012
Agile Business Analysis Course – Pilot Run in LA

  Last month we ran the beta of Learning Tree’s brand new course for BAs in Los Angeles. It was originally called Business Analysis in an Agile environment, then we decided to change it to the much snappier tittle of Agile Business Analysis. The course development team was Scotty Kilbourne as author, Steve Johann as […]

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The Future of Agile Leadership

Introduction The future of leadership is Agile There are many different types of leadership styles and not all work well in every situation. The most popular method, the "Command and Control" style which has been…

Business Agility Leadership Coaching (BALC) at HSBC

Business Agility Leadership Coaching (BALC) emerged as a consequence of asking leaders and managers across HSBC how they wanted to improve their agile leadership. Our proposed solution hit a sweet spot because we were 100%…

What does focussing on culture mean to XYZ Consulting?

We have some mid-tier consultants in at the moment who are "focussing on culture." Since we don't separate culture from delivering value to customers, I asked what that meant in practice. Apparently: "A generic scheme…

Visualising Progress using the Stand-up Game

We had a (brief) discussion about tracking progress as a team. I reacted against Jira because a) I dislike the user interface as it's a collaboration killer, and b) we aren't a software development or…
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