Business Analysis in Agile Projects

Traditional system-development methodologies are rapidly being replaced by more iterative or agile approaches. More and more organizations are realizing the benefits of faster product deployment at a lower cost, with less rework due to missed requirements. Effective business analysis is key to developing those requirements and keeping projects on track. This indispensable course explores the contributions of good requirements development in an Agile environment and equips business analysts with the critical thinking, analytical skills, and necessary people skills they need to add value to every Agile project.

This practical workshop provides participants with an understanding of the changing role of the business analyst, the tools and techniques best suited to Agile, and the timing for performing key tasks and events. Explanatory, demonstrations, and practice exercises will provide you with the experience needed to create user stories that meet business needs.

Objectives

  • Evaluate a variety of Agile "flavors"
  • Review levels and types of requirements
  • Define the roles of Agile project team members
  • Practice defining personas
  • Work as a team to discover and write user stories
  • Review requirements elicitation and discovery methods
  • Understand story decomposition and modeling with simple graphical methods
  • Practice eliciting and validating information from project stakeholders
  • Assess the importance and priority of product features
  • Hone your problem identification, definition, and solving capabilities

Audience

If you’re involved at all with Agile projects or you want to learn more about how to incorporate Agile approaches into your projects, you must participate in this workshop!

Prerequisites

None

Outline

  • Getting Started
    • Introductions
    • Course Objectives
    • Impact of other Domains on Agile Beginnings
    • The Agile Conversation
    • Working Agreements
  • Agile Overview
    • Lean Beginnings
    • Why Agile?
    • Agile Manifesto & Principles
    • Agile Practices
  • Project Initiation
    • Five Levels of Planning
    • Vision
    • Themes & Roadmap
    • User Roles and Personas
  • Building an Agile Team
    • The Team as a System
    • The Business Analyst
  • Backlog Planning
    • The Product Backlog
    • Writing User Stories
    • Guidelines for Good Stories
    • Acceptance Criteria
  • Managing the Backlog
    • Prioritization
    • Estimating
  • Release Planning
  • Backlog Refinement
    • Agile Documentation
    • Requirements Elaboration
  • The Iteration
    • Iteration Planning
    • Iteration Execution
  • Inspect and Adapt
    • The Iteration Review
    • The Demo
    • The Retrospective
  • Agile Adoption

Duration

2 Days (12 Hours)

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