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Ground control to Major Tom - Is there a future for business analysis? - 1st Conference - 15_02_2016

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The introduction of agile has caused disruption throughout organisations. The role of a business analyst is no exception, but has it made business analysis redundant?

During this talk we will delve into how the different stages of agile adoption have transformed IT departments and where the role of business analysis fits. It has introduced cross functional teams as opposed to skill silos, which means we are looking for T shaped individuals to make up a great team. Do we still need business analysts in agile? People with analysis skills? Or we don’t need analysis at all?!

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Ground control to Major Tom - Is there a future for business analysis? - 1st Conference - 15_02_2016

  1. 1. Ground Control to Major Tom: Is there a future for business analysis? Ryan McKergow Erin McManus ryanmckergow erinalanamcmanus
  2. 2. think sharp How has the way we think about technology changed?
  3. 3. think sharp Ryan McKergow | Erin McManus Technology 1.  What are we building? 2.  How are we building it? 3.  Why are we building it?
  4. 4. think sharp How has the evolution of agile impacted organisations?
  5. 5. think sharp Ryan McKergow | Erin McManus 1. Cross-functional teams
  6. 6. think sharp Ryan McKergow | Erin McManus 2. Shared language
  7. 7. think sharp Ryan McKergow | Erin McManus 3. Iterative software development
  8. 8. think sharp Where does the business analyst fit in?
  9. 9. think sharp Ryan McKergow | Erin McManus Australian corporate agile team Business Analyst/s Developer/s Tester/s Architect Product Owner Project Managers
  10. 10. think sharp Ryan McKergow | Erin McManus Australian digital agile team Business Analyst/s (optional) Developer/s Tester/s Product Owner Delivery Lead
  11. 11. think sharp Ryan McKergow | Erin McManus Scrum teams (as per the Scrum Guide) Development Team Product Owner Scrum Master
  12. 12. think sharp Ryan McKergow | Erin McManus Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) teams Agile Team Product Owner Scrum Master
  13. 13. think sharp Ryan McKergow | Erin McManus Start ups & digital agencies Development Team Project Manager or Business person
  14. 14. think sharp Ryan McKergow | Erin McManus Analysis is critical “Analysis doesn’t need a role to happen. But… not having a Business Analyst is not an excuse for it not to happen.” Ryan McKergow
  15. 15. think sharp Ryan McKergow | Erin McManus Where does that leave us?
  16. 16. think sharp What’s the skillset of a T-shaped analyst?
  17. 17. think sharp Ryan McKergow | Erin McManus T-shaped individual Breadth Depth
  18. 18. think sharp Ryan McKergow | Erin McManus Adaptable “…the species that survives is the one that is able best to adapt and adjust to the changing environment in which it finds itself.” Some guy paraphrasing Charles Darwin
  19. 19. think sharp Ryan McKergow | Erin McManus Adaptable
  20. 20. think sharp Ryan McKergow | Erin McManus Adaptable analysts… 1.  Are curious & experiment 2.  See opportunities & think ahead 3.  Are current & open 4.  See systems
  21. 21. think sharp Ryan McKergow | Erin McManus Customer centric Design >> << UX
  22. 22. think sharp Ryan McKergow | Erin McManus Customer-centric 1.  User interviews 2.  Customer journey mapping 3.  Wireframing
  23. 23. think sharp Ryan McKergow | Erin McManus Relentless pursuit for quality
  24. 24. think sharp Ryan McKergow | Erin McManus Catalyst for collaboration
  25. 25. think sharp Ryan McKergow | Erin McManus Catalyst for collaboration
  26. 26. think sharp Ryan McKergow | Erin McManus Explain complexity succinctly
  27. 27. think sharp Ryan McKergow | Erin McManus Refer to this article featuring @TotherAlistair: http://bit.ly/agilecomms Explain complexity succinctly
  28. 28. think sharp Ryan McKergow | Erin McManus Refer to this article featuring @TotherAlistair: http://bit.ly/agilecomms Explain complexity succinctly
  29. 29. think sharp Ryan McKergow | Erin McManus “Our job as analysts is not just to write requirements.” Ryan McKergow Explain complexity succinctly
  30. 30. think sharp Ryan McKergow | Erin McManus Influencer of team dynamics
  31. 31. think sharp Ryan McKergow | Erin McManus Influencer of team dynamics 1.  Drive consensus 2.  Shared understanding of goals 3.  Emotional intelligence & humour
  32. 32. think sharp Ground control to Major Tom: Is there a future for business analysis?
  33. 33. Elabor8.com.au Thank you!
  34. 34. think sharp Ryan McKergow | Erin McManus Image References 1.  I0.wp.com, (2016). [online] Available at: http://i0.wp.com/www.rocknroll-goulash.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/David-Bowie-Space- Oddity-1.jpg?resize=371%2C395 [Accessed 15 Feb. 2016]. 2.  Assets.nydailynews.com, (2016). [online] Available at: http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.98449.1314089135!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/ derivatives/gallery_1200/gal-movie-a-team-jpg.jpg [Accessed 15 Feb. 2016]. 3.  M.c.lnkd.licdn.com, (2016). [online] Available at: http://m.c.lnkd.licdn.com/mpr/mpr/ AAEAAQAAAAAAAANyAAAAJGM0OGRlMjI0LWEyNzItNDk1Zi04YjQ1LWYzYTQxYTcwZWFiZg.jp g [Accessed 15 Feb. 2016]. 4.  Agilemodeling.com, (2015). Communication on Agile Software Teams. [online] Available at: http://www.agilemodeling.com/essays/communication.htm [Accessed 15 Nov. 2015].

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