How Are The Skills Needed to be a Strong Agile BA Different Than a Traditional BA?
Although you can leverage your core underlying competencies, which provide a strong foundation for success, there are some key new components to master. And it isn’t just about what you do, but also about when you do it and how much of it you do!
Particularly learning “how deep” to go with your analysis work becomes an important concept. The goal is to learn how to do “just enough” analysis and “just in time” analysis so we are adequately supporting near term value delivery.
1. Develop your agile mindset. It’s going to take some time to achieve a comfort level with thinking in an agile way. You can shorten that timeline by fully embracing the Principles of Agile Business Analysis:
- See the Whole
- Think as a customer
- Analyze to determine what is valuable
- Get real using examples
- Understand what is doable
- Stimulate collaboration & continuous improvement
- Avoid waste
2. Become proficient with the following techniques (some of these will be new to you):
- Value Steam Mapping
- Value Modelling
- Portfolio Kanban
- Product Roadmap
- Relative Estimation
- Story Mapping
- Story Decomposition
- Story Elaboration
- Impact Mapping
- Job Stories
- Real Options
- Backlog Refinement
3. Add some key behaviours and practices that support these behaviours:
- Deliver value rapidly and consistently
- Collaborate courageously
- Iterate to learn
- Simplify to avoid waste
- Consider context and adapt to realities
- Reflect on feedback
- Adapt both product and process, and
- Produce the highest quality products.
Master these and you are well on your way to being a high value contributor on an agile team.