This course provides participants with an understanding of the changing role of the business analyst, the tools and techniques best suited to Agile projects, and the timing for performing key tasks and events during the project. Lively lectures combined with insightful demonstrations and realistic practice exercises provide you with the competence and confidence you need to improve project outcomes through better requirements definition.
Lesson objectives help students become comfortable with the course, and also provide a means to evaluate learning. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
· Evaluate a variety of Agile "flavors"
· Review levels and types of requirements
· Define the roles of Agile project team members
· Practice defining personas
· Work as a team to discover and write user stories
· Review requirements elicitation and discovery methods
· Understand story decomposition and modeling with simple graphical methods
· Practice eliciting and validating information from project stakeholders
· Assess the importance and priority of product features
· Hone your problem identification, definition, and solving capabilities
Although it is not mandatory, students who have completed the Foundations of Agile course have found it very helpful when completing this course.
Module 1: Agile Overview
You’ve heard it all before: “Agile means developing software without any documentation. Agile means developers decide on a product’s features. Agile is the same thing as Scrum.” Perhaps you’ve heard the most misleading concept of all: “Agile means we don’t do business analysis anymore.” Nothing could be more false.
Learn what Agile really is, what the variations and hybrids of Agile are and how business analysis is critical to project success.
· Lean Beginnings
· Why Agile?
· Agile Manifesto & Principles
· Agile Practices
Module 2: Building an Agile Team
In Agile the Business Analyst has various possible roles from Voice of the Customer or Product Owner, member of the Customer side team or member of the Development side team. In this section we will explore how to create and effective Agile team with an Agile mindset and then see how the Business Analyst fits into this team framework and provides value.
· The Team as a System
· The Business Analyst
Module 3: Project Initiation
Agile follows an Adaptive, Just-in-Time planning model. In this section we will learn how Adaptive Planning can better meet the customer’s needs and provide them more value with less resources by only elaborating requirements Just-in-Time.
· Five Levels of Planning
· Themes & Roadmap
· User Roles and Personas
Module 4: Backlog Planning
The Agile vehicle of communicating requirements is the User Story. The Business Analyst is central in the process of writing and elaborating User Stories. This section will help the Business Analyst learn about User Stories and how to write and elaborate good User Stories.
· The Product Backlog
· Writing User Stories
· Guidelines for Good Stories
· Acceptance Criteria
Module 5: Managing the Backlog
After User Stories are written, they need to prioritized and estimated. As part of the Customer side team, the BA has a major role in prioritization. As a member of the Development side team, the BA will contribute in User Story estimation. Both of these come with low cost, low waste techniques that allow us to do this quickly and get on to the important work of implementing requirements.
Module 6: Release Planning
The Business needs to know when they will receive product deliverables. In this section the Business Analyst will learn how milestones are set and how deliverables will be slated for a release with high confidence in meeting dates.
Module 7: Backlog Refinement
Backlog Refinement is where the Business Analyst if really worth her weight in gold. User Stories represent very thin statements of Customer wants and needs but they don’t contain the details until the development team is close to working on them. As time to work on them approaches, the details need to be filled in and the Business Analyst is the central figure in requirements elaboration.
· Agile Documentation
· Requirements Elaboration
Module 8: The Iteration
When Requirements are ready to go – ready to go does not mean mountains of documentation. Much of the details are maintained as tacit knowledge with the Business Analyst and the others who have been involved with the Conversation. Continued collaboration is essential to turning what we’ve learned about the needs of the customer into working software. The Business Analyst is always there involved answering real-time questions from the team.
· Iteration Planning
· Iteration Execution
Module 9: Inspect and Adapt
Agile is an Empirical Process for developing complex software. Essential to and Empirical Process is feedback loops. Feedback loops can be both formal and more informal. In this section we will learn about the formal feedback loops that are built into the end-of-iteration timeframe for driving continuous improvement back into the process.
· The Iteration Review
· The Demo
· The Retrospective
Module 10: Agile Adoption
So you want to drive these concepts into your organization as you leave the class and go back to your work. This section will help you do that effectively.