Challenges for Business Analysts in Distributed Agile

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Here I share, my pick of top 5 challenges faced by Business Analysts in Distributed Agile development. You will realize that these challenges apply to all distributed teams Agile or no Agile.
I have also provided some of the techniques and tools that I have used to overcome these.
This was presented at the Business Analyst World Bangalore on 25/May/2012.

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  • Remember they also have a day job Give then their time back. They would love to get some other stuff done.
  • Face to Face is the best way Frequent Visits to client location (at least 1 in 2-3 months) Request business / client to visit offshore
  • Face to Face is the best way Frequent Visits to client location (at least 1 in 2-3 months) Request business / client to visit offshore Understand stakeholders personality type DISC - Claire
  • Transparency in operations, intent and ground realities Predictable Delivery – Promise what you can deliver and deliver on your promises, Walk the talk, Follow through on Commitments Build credibility by delivering on your commitments – Elizabeth Larson Accountability – Time, of course, is also a crucial influence on the trust factor. The time it takes to build trust with any one person can take days, weeks, or even years. But in business, we all know that we must make effective use of our time to build trust as quickly as possible
  • Fear of authority Self doubt in capabilities Realise you are on the same team!
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  • Challenges for Business Analysts in Distributed Agile

    1. 1. Challenges for Business Analysts in Distributed Agile Pankaj Kanchankar Lead Business Analyst
    2. 2. Key Takeaways• Challenges faced by BAs in Distributed Agile• Techniques & Tools to overcome these challenges
    3. 3. BA in Distributed Agile• Strategic – Building Product backlog – Minimum Viable Product – Product / Release roadmap• Forward looking – JIT analysis – Story detailing, Narratives – Story Agreement• Operational – Story kick off, BA Volley ball – IPMs, Show cases – Iteration management
    4. 4. Lack of Shared Vision
    5. 5. Getting time with Product Management / Business
    6. 6. Across Time Zones… Source- http://www.qlock.com/
    7. 7. Operational vs Forward looking
    8. 8. Building Relationships
    9. 9. Building relationships …. Across Geographies
    10. 10. FEA R
    11. 11. FEAR
    12. 12. Lack of Shared Vision
    13. 13. Building a Shared Vision - Project Inception
    14. 14. The (typical) start of an engagement “I’m glad we’re all agreed then.”
    15. 15. Inception aims to get those mental models out “Ah...”
    16. 16. to iterate and converge on shared understanding “Ah!”
    17. 17. and have everyone moving in the same direction “I’m glad we’re all agreed then.”
    18. 18. Building a Shared Vision• Project Inception – Business Model Canvas – Product In a Box – Story Map www.businessmodelgeneration.com
    19. 19. Building a Shared Vision www.innovationGames.com
    20. 20. Building a Shared Vision Jeff Patton www.agileproductdesign.com
    21. 21. Getting time with Product Management / Business
    22. 22. Set expectations AND get timecommitment during Inception
    23. 23. • Set up recurring meetings – Cancel when not required• Utilize time well – Set expectations for each interaction – Have well defined agenda – Stick to time• Move operational stuff to emails/ status reports or electronic tools like Mingle / Jira
    24. 24. Building Relationships
    25. 25. Building Relationships
    26. 26. Building Relationships
    27. 27. Use Technology• Set up Video conf• Video calls instead of just voice calls – Skype, GoToMeeting, Google+ Hangout, FaceTime, WebEx• Calls over email chains• Collaboration tools – Wikis, Jira, Mingle
    28. 28. Transpa rency Commitment Accountability
    29. 29. FEAR
    30. 30. Key Takeaways• Challenges faced by BAs in Distributed Agile• Techniques & Tools to overcome these challenges
    31. 31. Pankaj Kanchankarpkanchankar@gmail.comTwitter: pkanchankar

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