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Beyond Requirements Dictator

How Agile Helped A Business Analyst Discover Her Real Value

Diane Zajac-Woodie

on 14 March 2015

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Beyond Requirements Dictator
How Agile Helped A Business Analyst Discover Her Real Value
Diane Zajac-Woodie
Who Am I?
My passions:
Mom of 2 boys
Psychology degree
BA for 6+ years, 4 of them "agile"
by Diane Zajac-Woodie

Some challenges and opportunities
What stays the same
What changes
Benefits of crossing role boundaries
Your value is not in the tasks that you do!
Lack of Formal Training
A Good Coach
Lack of Information About "Agile" BA's
The Agile Community
Corporate Culture
Willing Team Members
"We don't need requirements - we're Agile!"
"Documentation is for losers."
"There's no planning in Agile."
"Yay! We don't need meetings anymore!"
Common Misconceptions
"To be Agile, you must do x, y, z, etc..."
What Stays the Same
- Still need requirements!
- Still need meetings
- BA still the communication hub
- Still use Business Process Models
Agenda Items
Add relevant notes here
What Changes
- Less Formal Documentation
- When = Just in Time
- Executable Requirements
- Story Mapping
Team Members still siloed :(
Crossing Role Boundaries
small pieces of work
What Skills Are Even More Valuable

What skills are even more valuable
- Facilitation
between business and IT
among the team
WIP limits
Everyone pairing

ask questions
teaching provides greater learning
"The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place."

George Bernard Shaw
what is possible instead of what is planned
- Communication
- Curiosity
(stop starting & start finishing)
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A Large, Complex Business Process Model
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