Top Blog Posts for Business Analysts: Week of April 13, 2015

Top BA Blog Posts (Red)-3Looking for some great reads on business analysis? Here is a roundup of the top blog posts I found this week. I hope you find them helpful!

1. How do you decide?: In this post by Ieuan Wickham, Business Analysts are encouraged to get involved in stakeholder decisions before a project arrives, in order to prevent failing projects.

2. Agile is a Cultural RevolutionAjay Badri compares switching from Waterfall to Agile with changing your workout regime; it seems easy, but can prove to be tougher than you thought.

3. The Fuzzy Line between Requirements and Design: Karl Wiegers distinguishes between consumer need and how to fulfill that need.

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Requirements Management: The Hidden Benefit

Requirements-Are-ForeverAs you know, writing detailed requirements is very valuable – both for traditional (waterfall) projects, and for Agile projects. Please check out my previous post for why detailed requirements are beneficial even for Agile projects.

In this blog post, I’d like to highlight one thing that many people miss when it comes to requirements management.

Wondering what it is? Read on for the answer… [Read more…]

Are Detailed Requirements Really Needed for Agile Projects?

A question I hear often nowadays is:

Our development team has switched to Agile/Scrum. Are detailed requirements really needed when following an Agile process?

Boy look up and scratches his headThis is a somewhat controversial question, as some Agile development teams seem to think detailed requirements are *evil*. I’m only slightly exaggerating!

However, for software of any complexity, most companies I’ve spoken with find it nearly impossible to build the software using just user stories on index cards.

The best answer to this question perhaps comes from Mike Cohn, one of the best-known proponents of Agile and the author of the popular book User Stories Applied: For Agile Software Development. Cohn has said [Read more…]