Author: JB

Tweets of the Week – 20180713

This thread/narrative on agile planning and story points was entertaining, and thought provoking. This thread is just he beginning. Be sure to read it through. A: How long is a story point in real time? B: How many did you do in your last sprint? A: 23 B: Then, for you, it’s a 23rd of a sprint A: But the time before that it was 19 B: Then for you at the time it was 1/19th of a sprint. A: But how long is it really? B: We answered that. — Tim Ottinger (@tottinge) July 6, 2018 Here are...

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Hippocrates on Clarity of Language

Apparently, even back in Hippocrates’ day (approximately 450 BC), business professionals had a tendency to confuse their stakeholders with acronyms, jargon, and odd colloquialisms, but one stands a far better chance of ensuring understanding with clear, simple, common language. Some things never change!

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The Book, The Movie, and the Business Document

Communication using only words – whether verbal or written – leaves much to the imagination. Which is part of the appeal when it comes to reading for pleasure. Unlike a great book, most of us don’t read business documents such as a requirements specification for enjoyment. And unlike the book, there can be significant repercussions when one reader’s interpretation of the content varies widely from another’s. So, how can we improve the precision and clarity of documentation without getting too long?

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Interview with Ryland Leyton, author of “The Agile Business Analyst”

Ryland Leyton recently released his book, The Agile Business Analyst: Moving from Waterfall to Agile. Over the years, Ryland has provided training and mentoring for events and individual members of the Greater Atlanta Chapter of IIBA, so I was thrilled to see him take pen to paper and share his insights through a medium with broader reach. Ryland agreed to provide some additional information and background on the thought process behind the book for Practical Analyst readers.

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