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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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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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