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Breaking bad BA habits - BA Development Day 2015

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3A lightning talk at the 2015 BA Development Day conference, at Te Papa in Wellington NZ.

If we are to improve the balance between the art and science of business analysis and to strengthen our skills and approaches, then we had better break some of our bad BA habits!

There is so much waste involved in how business analysis is applied to most project methodologies and governance frameworks, from bloated requirements documents, to modules defined that are never needed, to hand-overs that add no value, to keeping people waiting, to having to rework. These are all effectively software development variants of the original seven forms of waste (or Muda) from the Toyota Production System … and there is now an eighth far more insidious form of waste of which BAs can be as guilty as anyone else.

David will share a brief rant about these BA wastes and his vision of what a lean approach to business analysis could look like.

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Breaking bad BA habits - BA Development Day 2015

  1. 1. Breaking Bad BA Habits fifteen minutes toward a leaner approach to business analysis BA Development Day, 2015
  2. 2. Assurity Consulting Limited • BA Development Day 2015 We are still too planned …
  3. 3. Assurity Consulting Limited • BA Development Day 2015 … but, we face complexity and chaos
  4. 4. Assurity Consulting Limited • BA Development Day 2015 2011, for example
  5. 5. Assurity Consulting Limited • BA Development Day 2015 The recovery
  6. 6. Assurity Consulting Limited • BA Development Day 2015 Reducing waste
  7. 7. Assurity Consulting Limited • BA Development Day 2015 #1: Unfinished work
  8. 8. Assurity Consulting Limited • BA Development Day 2015 #2: Unnecessary Features Often or Always used, 20% Sometimes used, 16% Rarely or Never used, 64% Source: Standish Group
  9. 9. Assurity Consulting Limited • BA Development Day 2015 #3: Silos and handovers
  10. 10. Assurity Consulting Limited • BA Development Day 2015 #4: Unnecessary processes
  11. 11. Assurity Consulting Limited • BA Development Day 2015 #5: Context switching
  12. 12. Assurity Consulting Limited • BA Development Day 2015 #6: Waiting
  13. 13. Assurity Consulting Limited • BA Development Day 2015 #7: Rework
  14. 14. Assurity Consulting Limited • BA Development Day 2015 #8: Knowledge hoarding
  15. 15. Assurity Consulting Limited • BA Development Day 2015 What’s the answer?
  16. 16. Assurity Consulting Limited • BA Development Day 2015 Lean Business Analysis Manifesto Doing all of the analysis upfrontProducing what is needed, when its needed vs Working with the right people at the right time Working in Silosvs Building quality in from the outset Checking for quality at the endvs Avoiding unnecessary steps that don’t add value Following a prescribed processvs
  17. 17. Assurity Consulting Limited • BA Development Day 2015 When there’s no more business as usual, why do business analysis as usual?

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