Episode 128 – Elabor8-ing the Agile BA with Ryan McKergow

Craig chats with Ryan McKergow, a Business Analyst and Agile Consultant at Elabor8, at the YOW! West conference in Perth about being an Agile BA:

  • Business Analysts work with business people to understand the problem they want to solve and then work with developers to take those expectations and help them build the system
  • Writing stories and requirements is the boring part of the job – the exciting part is getting different people problem solving together
  • Paul Rayner’s YOW! West “EventStorming” keynote and Craig’s brainwave around Value Stream Mapping 
  • Ryan’s talk “Don’t Be A Zombie Reading Your Stories…” at YOW! West
  • Story Kickoff – having a conversation at the start of a story (one of the three C’s), get the whole team in front of a whiteboard and drawing it out
  • Reduce the amount of time between analysis and development as much as possible, try not to have a lead time of more than one sprint ahead where possible
  • The further ahead you complete analysis, the more likelihood you will introduce waste and rework
  • Showcases and review sessions are a good engagement piece to replace traditional signoffs and to build trust
  • Document conversations as acceptance criteria within stories, but the tool or document does not replace conversations
  • Best way to learn new approaches is to give it a go
  • Eventstorming, customer journey mapping and design thinking are good tools

TheAgileRevolution-128 (25 minutes)

Episode 65: Becoming Agile… with Greg Smith

GregSmithAt Agile 2013 in Nashville, TN, Craig catches up with his old friend Greg Smith (no relation), co-author of “Becoming Agile… In An Imperfect World” and Agile Coach at GS Solutions Group. Greg regularly assists Fortune 500 with their adoption of Agile and the quote of the podcast has to be “discipline or good software practices are proportionally inverse to how much money you make!”. Some of the topics of conversation were:

TheAgileRevolution-65 (23 minutes)