Business Analysis Agility

Book

James Robertson and Suzanne Robertson.

You can only deliver real value is to understand what your customers actually value, and solve the problems they actually have. Business analysis enables you to do this — and it’s just as crucial in agile development environments as it was before you adopted agile.

In Business Analysis Agility, world-renowned experts Suzanne Robertson and James Robertson show how to perform effective business analysis that integrates tightly with agile development teams and processes. They introduce a better way of doing business analysis by first identifying customer segments and then developing value propositions for each.

You’ll learn how to use a series of “safe-to-fail probes” to determine the feasibility and viability of each option. Step by step, the Robertsons show how to design your solution for optimal convenience and efficient use of data. Discover how to describe your solution through compelling “story maps” that make it easier to prioritize and manage product backlogs, and stay in control of your product as it moves through development.

“James and Suzanne have brought their deep and wide experience in business and systems analysis to bear on the importance of good analysis in agile domains. They cut through the hype and tackle the misconceptions that are rife around agile analysis by providing concrete advice and useful tools for anyone undertaking the vital analysis activities in agile development.” —Shane Hastie, Director of Agile Learning Programs – ICAgile; Lead Editor – Culture & Methods, InfoQ.com

“What is a user story but a requirement? But is it the right requirement? The user said it was, but how does the user know? And how can you discover it? “Two words: Step back. “If you step back—and this book shows you how to do that—you can discover the real requirement. Why do you do this? It’s the only way to deliver real value to your customer. “And what could be more agile than that?” —Stephen J. Mellor, Signatory to the Agile Manifesto

“This new book is a must-have for business analysts looking to bridge the gap between agile and other development approaches. It combines the best of both, into clear and simple guidance, presented in a delightful and light style.” —Neil Maiden, Professor of Digital Creativity, Cass Business School, City, University of London

“Business Analysis Agility provides the express on-ramp that business process change projects have sorely needed.” —Stephen McMenamin, Ex CIO & VP of Hawaiian Electric

“Business Analysis Agility takes a customer-centric view of business value. By understanding that customer segments have different values and needs, the Robertsons reveal the prospect of customer choice. That is, choice to buy from organisations that create products that successfully meet customer needs.
Business Analysis Agility is must have resource for any Business Analyst wanting to create those successful organisations.” —Andrew Kendall

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