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Why Business Analysis Professionals are Critical to the Success of Agile Teams

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Agile business analysis provides a competitive enterprise advantage at all levels of planning. In this issue of BAM! we look at how business analysis skills are critical to the success of agile and product ownership analysis.

July 2021 issue of BAM! explores agile analysis, product ownership analysis, role of culture and empathy.


How do we increase the changes of a development team to create a successful product? In Why Business Analysis Professionals are Critical to the Success of Agile Teams, IIBA’s Isabel Feher-Watters, Certifications Program Manager explores the difference between a business analysis professional and a product owner and how business analysis professionals are important to the efficacious building of a product or service for your clients. However, she notes that some businesses do not understand what business analysis means in agile. Some are replacing business analysis professionals with Product Owners and practitioners indicate that they are not being considered for these roles. In this article, Isabel discusses the role of the business analyst in agile. Explore some of the problems of excluding a business analyst that can result from this misconception and how product ownership requires a team with a variety of skills and backgrounds to be effective.

Watch Fireside Chat with Agile Alliance and IIBA: How Agile Analysis Drives Business Transformation on-demand here.

The 13 Practices of an Agile Corporate Culture: #1 Iterative Experimentation by Howard Podeswa, author, consultant and thought leader drills down into what successful innovation is about. No, it’s not just having a good idea – or even the right processes. Yes, you guessed it! It’s about culture. In this article Howard discusses what’s special about an Agile corporate culture and share the 13 practices he’s identified and the role of iterative practice. As Samuel Beckett, Endgame says, “Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better”.  Howard invites readers to share your experiences, frustrations, and successes with agile cultural adoption and join our LinkedIn conversation, #ProductOwnershipAnalysis.

The role corporate culture plays in how we work uncovers some interesting insights. Business Resilience: Succeeding in Changing Times by Ananta Mahapatra, discusses how to build business resilience utilizing business analysis skills in data analytics, agile, product ownership analysis, and cybersecurity. Each of these areas of specialization can help build resilience from gaining specific insights about a business, to helping companies get the results they want, to performing risk assessments, and helping to create a more resilient workplace. In his career, Ananta has led global teams for business analysis and consulting and has coached and mentored consultants in all aspects of business analysis and product development. In this article Ananta says we need to prepare for future crises by creating business resilience today and the best way for leaders to prepare for the next disruption is…to build resilience.

We wrap up this issue with an insightful article about empathy and culture in relation to successful outcomes in The Empathic Designer by John B. Reeves, CCBA, Lead Business Analyst at the City of Charlotte. John digs into the role of organizational culture in uniting employees, facilitating communication, and working as in informal control mechanism linked to an organization’s success.


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