Video attributed to ChicagoRuby. I’ve made learning about, and becoming better at story telling part of my personal/professional journey to become a more effective communicator. When I saw ChicagoRuby‘s video post of Alistair Cockburn, one of my favorite agile authors/methodologists, responding to questions […]
The image accompanying this post includes some of the most influential personalities of recent history; known for their courage of conviction and ability to influence others. Some had strong, ebullient personalities, and others were more quiet and reserved. Some were affluent, others […]
“Agile … is an attitude, not a technique with boundaries. An attitude has no boundaries, so we wouldn’t ask ‘can I use agile here’, but rather ‘how would I act in the agile way here?’ or ‘how agile can we be, here?’”
— Alistair Cockburn
I’d like to share one of my favorite agile quotes from Alistair Cockburn, because it summarizes my own perspective so well. In my observance, many fail to differentiate agile principles from agile methodologies, and end up with a prescriptive/dogmatic view of the correct way to do or be “agile” that misses the mark.
Whether you’re working in an “Agile” or traditional delivery environment, you can find ways to apply agile principles and keep a responsive mindset.
Many business analysts are evaluated for performance based on measurables such as how well their work satisfied internal quality measures (quality checklists, compliance with the template), defect counts (essential, but often quite arbitrary) and on whether they completed their tasks and got […]
My employer, Jabian Consulting, produces a semi-annual publication of our consultants’ latest thinking on today’s most important business and technology issues. The Spring, 2014 issue just came out today, and it’s really good (and I’d say that even if I didn’t work there!)! You […]
Many BAs I coach make the mistake of mixing software capabilities with business rules, employee procedures, and operational guidelines when documenting requirements for an information system or software application.