The terms Agile and Scrum have been out in the marketplace for several years. Many organizations successfully use Agile and related implementation methodologies (Scrum, Kanban, Lean, XP) every day.
But what do these terms really mean to organizations attempting to implement these concepts and methods? And how can you get started if you’ve never done it before? There are a lot of options, but how can you ensure your organization does not waste time or resources on the road to Agile adoption?
In this post we answer common questions about Agile training and make the case for finding and selecting the right course. This could help you learn more about Agile and Scrum, select the right training program, or help you sell your boss on the value of training as a necessary first step to Agile transformation.
April showers bring…more snow? We hope not!
Here are the IT events we are looking forward to attending this month around Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. Hope to see you there!
Agile Leadership Network (DC Chapter)
The Role of Customer Engagement in Successful Organizations
Thursday, April 3, 2014
6:30 to 8:30 PM
Data visualization is a great way to help customers understand important information by telling a compelling visual story. It can be a powerful business intelligence tool for your team or project.
But you probably need fancy, expensive tools to do it well, right? Maybe not!
Agile Requirements are lightweight by design, so what can you do as the BA to convey requirements in a concise yet comprehensive way? How can you include real examples in your requirements to increase clarity and reduce ambiguity when working with your team?
In this presentation, Rebecca Halstead, Principal Consultant and Business Analysis Center of Excellence Lead, shares how to incorporate examples in your requirements as a way to encourage collaboration and build a shared understanding about the acceptance criteria.
Rebecca delivered this presentation on Agile Requirements at the International Institute of Business Analysis, Washington, D.C. Chapter, meeting on March 20, 2014.
Spring is on the way! (Please. We hope.)
We are going to be keeping busy this month at the following IT events around Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia while we wait for the Cherry Blossoms and warm breezes to come our way.
Hope you can join us!
Hallway testing can be a fast, inexpensive and easy way to conduct usability testing for your website or application. But, you still have to do it right to get the best results!
Our team at USAJOBS recently helped write a great post for DigitalGov on the best ways to conduct hallway testing. Here are their 10 Tips for Better Hallway Usability Testing:
How many times have you seen a website or application stumble or crash once it gets to production, despite meeting the requirements perfectly? Have you felt like there was something missing in the development process?
In the following presentation, Norm Sun talks about what usability testing is, why you should be doing it, and how you can start incorporating it into your development process right now!
When I started working on my first Agile project in 2008, I remember hearing a lot about “developers” and little-to-no mention of project managers, testers or business analysts (BAs). With years of experience in the waterfall method, I started to wonder how I could fit into an Agile team. Did BA’s fit into the Agile method? If so, where?
I soon learned that the Agile Manifesto was written from a developer’s perspective and while it could be interpreted literally, most Agile teams saw the value that the other roles brought to the table and continued to include them on their teams. Developers still wanted to write code, testers still wanted to validate, and managers still wanted a successful delivery of the solution. So I got my CSM, and jumped into the world of Agile Software Development. A world that I think we can all agree helps reduce waste and uncertainty on complex or novel projects.
Since then, I have been a part of many successful Agile delivery teams. As Agile becomes the “new normal” for software delivery, I often think back to my early concerns. I drafted this post with my top 5 lessons learned in becoming an Agile BA. Read on to see if this helps you!