The Case for Business Analysts in AGILE Teams
Many Agile Purists say there is no need for a BA on an Agile team. This opinion could not be further from the truth. The belief appears to have resulted from the fact that Business Analyst was not a job title on an Agile Team. The challenge to anyone is to explain how you can have a successful project without business analysis. Although many companies no longer use the business analyst's title, there's no doubt that someone performs the business analysis.
This Business Analysis may be concentrated with one or two resources or distributed among all team members. The best scenario is to have one person dedicated to performing business analysis. If this person is an experienced business analyst, that is a bonus. Still, in any case, it's guaranteed that the team could not deliver anything of value to the business area without business analysis.
Three Top Reasons a Business Analyst is Needed on an Agile Team:
- The Business Analyst is an expert at conducting the Elicitation of Requirements sessions.
- The Business Analyst serves as the domain expert and can quickly answer the developer’s questions.
- The Business Analyst has Leadership skills that are invaluable to the team.
This presentation will help participants to gain an understanding of why Business Analysts belong to an Agile team. This will be helpful to participants of all experience levels and varied roles.
Business Analysts, Product Owners, and anyone who works on or manages a team that needs to perform business analysis will benefit from this presentation.
Judy Alter is a public speaker, coach. mentor, trainer, and Senior Business Systems Analyst with 17 years of experience in Business Analysis. The last eight years was working with various Agile Frameworks. Judy retired from Corporate America in early 2020 concluding a more than 35-year career. She has been an IIBA Leader since 2012, serving in a variety of roles, and the IIBA Global Chapter Council Chair since 2017.
Judy rebranded herself as “The Optimistic BA” and is known as charismatic, optimistic, humorous, and is successful leader. She is presently the CEO/Owner of Judy Alter Speaker & Business Analysis Services LLC, and her specialty is with handling people but also has command of business analysis hard core skills.