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Every single episode of this podcast is a treasure of business analysis &This is not at all an exaggeration! I was a QA Analyst earlier and moved to BA. This podcast has helped me immensely in transforming myself into a better BA.

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I'm actually a Technical Communication major, but I'm interested in pursuing BA as a career. This podcast was not only informative about what skills I'll need to strenghten to reach my goal, but it confirmed that this is a path that resonates with me. I will definitely continue to listen and enjoy.

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58 Ratings
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Incredibly good!!

By RadzzyD - Sep 22 2019
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Every single episode of this podcast is a treasure of business analysis &This is not at all an exaggeration! I was a QA Analyst earlier and moved to BA. This podcast has helped me immensely in transforming myself into a better BA.

Well Done

By AvidGamer911 - Feb 07 2019
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I'm actually a Technical Communication major, but I'm interested in pursuing BA as a career. This podcast was not only informative about what skills I'll need to strenghten to reach my goal, but it confirmed that this is a path that resonates with me. I will definitely continue to listen and enjoy.

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MBA185: Business Analysis in Agile

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James Robertson shares some of the challenges associated with an Agile transformation and how Business Analysts can provide the most value to the organization.

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Apr 17 2019

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MBA187: Transitioning to a Scrum Master Role

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Discover how to leverage your core Business Analyst skills in a different way and be successful as a Scrum Master.

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May 14 2019

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MBA081: User Story Mapping with David Hussman

Jul 19 2016

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MBA023: Using Behavior Driven Development for Better User Stories – Interview with Jeffrey Davidson

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In this episode, we’re joined by Jeffrey Davidson.  Jeffrey will help us to better understand how to get better at user stories and how behavior driven development (BDD) helps create a shared understanding.  We also discuss how to create the nirvana state of living requirements.   Jeffrey Davidson is the past president of the IIBA Dallas […]

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Jun 09 2015

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MBA088: Effective Requirements Workshops

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Lora McCoy shares her five step process for running effective and engaging requirements workshops and discovering requirements quickly.

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Sep 06 2016

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MBA191: Use Cases in Agile

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Use Cases aren't just for waterfall. Use Cases also work well in Agile an context and help address the challenges with User Stories.

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Jul 23 2019

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MBA089: Agile Manifesto – What it Means to Business Analysts

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What do the principles behind the Agile Manifesto mean in the context of Business Analysis? Same skills as traditional approaches, but applied differently.

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Sep 13 2016

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MBA092: Reducing the Risk of Missing Non-Functional Requirements

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Roxanne Miller shares six ways to help reduce the risk of missing non-functional requirements (NFRs).

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Oct 04 2016

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MBA174: Product Management is the New Business Analysis

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Agile and other changes in the way we work means that we need to change too. Here's how we can leverage our skills and competencies in a new way and grow our careers.

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Dec 11 2018

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MBA096: The Standard for Business Analysis

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David Bieg, Business Analysis & Requirements Program Manager for the PMI, tells us about PMI's development of a foundational standard in Business Analysis.

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Nov 01 2016

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Lightning Cast: BA Performance Goals

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Start your year off right with tips for setting your annual performance goals.

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Feb 05 2019

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MBA045: The Agile BA – Myths and Misconceptions

Nov 10 2015

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MBA021: Is the Business Analyst Role Just Overhead? Interview with John Sextro

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“Let’s get rid of Business Analysts and ScrumMasters.”  In this episode, we’re joined by John Sextro.  John recently gave a provocative lightening talk at a conference about removing Business Analysts and ScrumMasters from agile teams.  We’ll discuss what this would mean for the BA role. John Sextro has been in the software industry for 21 years and […]

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May 26 2015

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MBA178: Career Options for BAs

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Business Analysis is a critical and highly transferable skill. Here's how to use it to advance your career.

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Jan 22 2019

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MBA022: How to Know Where to Focus Your Efforts – Interview with Chris Matts

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In this episode, we’re joined by Chris Matts.  Chris will introduce us to the Cynefin framework and how he uses it to understand where to focus business analysis activities and where the focus should be more product management driven.  Chris also discusses Real Options, which is a decision-making process for managing uncertainty and risk that he developed. […]

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Jun 02 2015

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MBA040: User Stories – Are You Ready?

Oct 06 2015

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MBA083: The BA Core Concept Model

Aug 02 2016

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MBA182: BA in the Service Industry

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How can a Business Analyst apply their skills in a non-technical field? Find out how your current skills and competencies can apply in new contexts.

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Mar 05 2019

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MBA106: Rapid Requirements Gathering

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Scott Killen shares an approach for quickly eliciting a majority of project requirements with very little prep work.

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Jan 10 2017

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MBA162: The Business Analyst Role and its Real Value

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Glenn Brule discusses the Business Analyst role, its real value proposition, and what you can do to increase the value you provide to your organization.

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Jul 10 2018

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MBA202: Business Value Analysis

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David Mantica helps us overcome one of the biggest challenges facing organizations today – understanding value and building the right solution.

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We’re doing things . . . but are they the right things?  This is a common challenge for many organizations.

It all comes down to value such as business value or customer value.  The problem is that value can be difficult to define.

When we discuss value, we’re really talking about utility.  Utility is what you believe is important for what you’re doing in your life.  The challenge comes when we can’t put ourselves in the position of the customer to understand their utility.

We often have preconceived notions about the value of what we’re building and we push that on to the customer.

Product Management is the Key

To address this challenge, we need to shift our thinking to a Product Management focus.  When designing a solution, we need to think in terms of value (utility), cost, and competition or what’s happening in the marketplace.

Understanding your organization’s goals and capabilities is another critical component.  You may dream up a fantastic solution, but it’s only a dream if your organization can’t build or support it and it doesn’t align to your organization’s vision.

Ultimately, it comes down to one of two desired outcomes: those that lead to making money or those that lead to saving money.  As change agents, we can help our organizations define the right outcomes that align to the organization’s capabilities and maximize utility.

Listen to the full episode to discover how to define value and outcomes to build the right solution.

Business Value Analysis YOUR HOMEWORK

First, start asking questions about why we need the solution, how it will perform better and help us/our customers to perform better. Ask the person using the system about what they value.

Second, look into Product Management. Discover how product managers operate, identify value propositions, and validate ideas.

Finally, learn more about the Lean Startup model and how it works.

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David Mantica is VP and General Manager at SoftEd, where they help organisations to adopt new ways of working for better business outcomes. David is also a frequent speaker at meetups, professional organizations, and conferences.

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Nov 12 2019

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MBA201: Tips From an Accidental Product Owner

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Richard Larson shares his experiences as an accidental Product Owner and provides tips and advice for others moving toward a role in Product Ownership.

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It’s tough to play two roles at once.  If you’re expected to perform your normal business analysis activities and also function as a Product Owner, those two things sometimes pull at each other.

If you’re forced to do both, make sure that you and others are aware of the role you’re playing.

This leads to several other lessons learned including focusing too much on the “how” and not on the “what” and how to avoid the curse of knowledge.

Listen to the full episode to hear Richard’s story and get tips and advice for moving into a Product Owner role.

Tips and Advice for Accidental Product Owners Your Homework

Understand in your organization and on your team how far your authority goes. Are you authorized to make decisions? Do you make recommendations and help others decide?

Also, be aware of the need to balance out the more detailed nature of being a Business Analyst versus the bigger picture, business oriented aspects of the Product Owner.

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Richard Larson is a successful entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in business analysis, project management, training, and consulting. He has presented workshops and seminars on BA and PM topics to over 10,000 participants on five different continents. He has contributed as a lead author to the BA Body of Knowledge version 2.0 and 3.0 and other publications and co-authored five books on business analysis.

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Nov 05 2019

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MBA200: Take Action! The Best Advice from Over 200 Episodes

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Here’s the best tips and advice from industry experts in over 200 episodes. Now take action!

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As long-time listeners know, I ask guests for one action that we can take to start seeing some positive results.  In this episode, I have gathered the best advice from over 200 episodes (199 full length episodes and 39 lightning casts).

THEME: Build the Right Thing

Episode 025: Advice from Gojko Adzic

Whenever you receive a requirement that is actually a solution, inquire about the behavior change that the solution is going to create. If we have a behavior change that allows us to monitor progress in a meaningful way, we will get more rapid feedback. Additionally, this helps guard against scope creep and makes sure we are aligning to organizational goals.

Episode 071: Advice from Jonathan Babcock

When we create something, be it a document or a visual, think of who is going to use it as our customer.  Focus on their needs and afterwards, get their feedback on how you could have done better or how you could have helped them to be more successful.  This kind of mindset builds trust and allows you to reach higher levels of performance.

Episode 091: Advice from Elizabeth Larson

When you’re provided with a solution to implement, practice asking the right kind of questions to better understand the intent of the solution and the current environment.  Take the time to gather the facts and statistics about the current state so that you’ll be better prepared for conversations and make appropriate recommendations.  Finally, don’t ask leading questions.  Leading questions limit conversations and present a solution.  Eliminate the phrase ‘have you thought about’.  That phrase breaks trust.

Episode 185: Advice from James Robertson

Challenge the next solution you’re presented with to make sure you’re solving the right problem.  Also, try to generate solutions to address the real business problem.

THEME: Use a Hypothesis

Episode 042: Advice from Jim Benson

Take a few User Stories (especially those that the team is doubtful about) and rewrite them as hypotheses.  Treat it like a guess that you can prove or disprove and learn something.

Episode 081: Advice from David Hussman

When you decide to take on a user story or requirement, understand how you’ll measure the impact, not just how you’ll get it done.  Stories need to include analytics.  That helps you build less of the wrong thing by measuring the impact.

THEME: Iterate

Episode 130: Advice from Jerry Weinberg

Start talking requirements seriously.  Explore options and impacts to understand your requirements.  Finally, iterate on your requirements.  You can’t know everything upfront.

Episode 133: Advice from Kent McDonald

In your current role, look for ways to do your work iteratively and incrementally. Ideally, get feedback after ever iteration and use that feedback to adjust not only the product, but also your approach.

THEME: Talk To Customers

Episode 016: Advice from Jeff Patton

Go to where your users are and talk to them.  Also, stop writing stories and start telling stories. Have conversations . . . get to the whiteboard and start drawing pictures.

Episode 076: Advice from Roman Pichler

The single most important action you can take to make sure your requirements, backlog, and roadmap are aligned to user needs is to talk with your customers.  Talking with customers gives you insights into what your customer needs are, how they use your product, and features that they don’t use.  Use these insights to adapt your roadmap and requirements.

THEME: Build Relationship and Trust

Episode 080: Advice from Fay Thompson

Learn to say “I don’t know enough yet”.  While we want to move projects forward quickly, get comfortable with the need to go back and investigate more to ensure you have a solid understanding of the problem you’re solving and the intended value.  Also, adopt a servant leadership mindset and put the team’s and organization’s needs first.

Episode 019: Advice from Steve Shedletsky

Trust is the human currency.  It takes time to build and an instant to break.  We develop trust when we feel that someone else has our best interest in mind – that they are there to serve us instead of their own self-service.   So what can we do to increase trust?

Show up to serve.  If you want to feel more engaged in the projects that you’re working on, figure out how you can help the people around you feel more engaged.  In turn, you will feel more engaged.  Above all, don’t forget to show up to commit and serve others.

Episode 079: Advice from Paula Bell

Start building relationships.  Whether it’s a coffee break, lunch, or a walk around the building with someone, take time to learn about the people on your team.  Building relationships creates a better understanding and increases collaboration.

Episode 037: Advice from Jim Tamm

Focus on better understanding your own defensiveness.  Identify your own signs of defensiveness and start looking out for those signs.  By creating this awareness, you can take action to shift back to the green zone and improve collaboration.

BONUS ADVICE

Episode 139: Advice from Adrian Reed

We need to work to left shift and get involved earlier in projects.  When a BA is involved early in projects, we not only smooth the way forward for the project, we may discover that there’s not even a viable project at all and we can focus our effort elsewhere.

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Episode 030 – Linda Rising

Remember that none of us make rational decisions. There are many biases that we carry around with us that get in the way of making rational decisions. Call up the fact that we have biases and combat those biases by slowing things down by counting from 10 to one. If in a meeting that requires a critical, contentious decision, consider taking a break to slow things down.

Episode 087 – Kupe Kupersmith

Think of your company’s initiatives as a set of decisions to be made and facilitate that decision making.  Decisions are: What problem should we go after?  What are some solution options?  What features should we start with?  What should we prioritize?  Who needs to be involved?  This helps you get to the point of just enough analysis.  That’s because facilitating decision making helps is understand what work needs to be done (and what shouldn’t be done) and helps you get decisions quickly and move on.

Episode 098 – David Mantica

Know yourself: Reflect to better understand your strengths and weaknesses and your hot buttons to develop better self-awareness.  Accept Others: Work on getting comfortable with who people are and their strengths/weaknesses.  Be open to new ideas and opinions.  Offer solutions: Think through problems and offer solutions without the need for your solution to be accepted.  These three actions will help you become a trusted advisor and influence positive change.

Episode 153 – Elizabeth Larson

To be a Trusted Advisor, you need to be knowledgeable about industry trends.  Invest some time reading and learning about these trends so that you stay informed and can use the information to advise your organization.

Episode 156 – Doug Goldberg

Start looking within your organization and in professional organizations for people with the skills and experience that can help you grow.  Once you find someone in your network, ask for mentoring support from that person.  To prepare for your personal development or mentoring and to focus your conversations, perform a personal SWOT analysis on yourself.

The best tips and advice from over 200 episodes


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Nov 03 2019

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MBA199: The Future of the BA Profession

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In this episode, Kevin Brennan discusses how the world of work is changing and how Business Analysts need to adapt.

Shot Notes

With changes in working environments from Agile and digital transformations, Business Analysts need to adapt to stay relevant.

With this change. business analysis professionals are going to diverge into two major roles; product management and value stream management. What this means is that business analysis skills will still be critical, but will apply with a more management level approach.

Business analysis professionals will be responsible for real business outcomes and bottom line results.

Listen to the full episode to understand what the future holds for Business Analysts and how you can thrive in the new world of work.

The Future of the Business Analysis Profession Your Homework
Get out into the world and see what real people are trying to do with your product. No matter how well you think you know the space, you’ll find things that are different than you expected. Once you have that knowledge, improve your product to meet that need.

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Kevin Brennan is an executive and business analysis consultant who helps companies create new business models, develop new products and services, and improve their business processes. Kevin helped to launch IIBA and the Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA-FCAB), led the creation and development of the Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge and has written and spoken about business analysis on every continent (except Antarctica).

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Oct 15 2019

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MBA198: DevOps – What it Means for BAs

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Michael Roberts helps us understand what DevOps is and how it affects the role of Business Analysts.

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Many organizations are using DevOps to benefit their customers.  But what is DevOps and what role do Business Analysts play?  Is DevOps a tool set, a practice, or a way of working?

With DevOps, you try to work with smaller batches of software that can be deployed more frequently with less effort by people working together.  As much as it is a technology shift, it’s about people working better together.

If you’re already operating in an Agile environment, DevOps doesn’t change a lot of the things you’re doing.  The core business analysis skills, core capabilities, and practices still apply.  What may change is your stakeholders and your interaction with them.

DevOps helps teams deliver value quickly, so it’s important to interact with and listen to stakeholders from downstream environments.

There’s often a conflict in DevOps between the development team and the operations team.

The development team’s job is to create change by delivering new code.  For the operations team, change is bad in that it will disrupt their system and processes.  The operations team wants stability.

Business Analysts need to understand those opposing desires and how to navigate the resulting conflict.

Periodic Table of DevOps Tools

Listen to the full episode to understand what you need to know about DevOps and why BAs play a critical role.

What DevOps Means for Business Analysts Your Homework

Read up on DevOps practices. Some book recommendations are:
• The Phoenix Project
• Leading the Transformation
• Continuous Delivery

You can also explore an internal Center of Excellence for DevOps in your organization that will allow you to learn the tools.

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Michael Roberts is an IT industry professional with more than 20 years of experience in project management. Michael speaks publicly at many events and user groups on subjects including organizational change management, project management, Agile development process, and DevOps transformations.

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Oct 08 2019

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MBA197: Making Change Fun

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Lora McCoy discusses how to shift the psychological response to change and help stakeholders adapt and adopt the change.

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When it comes to change, often the only one who isn’t afraid is the person driving the change.  Sometimes a person’s response to change seems irrational.

That response is driven by a fear of the unknown.  We fear what we don’t understand.

Standard practices of implementing change fail because they don’t address this underlying fear and the psychology of change.

We can move people out of the fear based fight or flight response by involving them in the change and even making it fun.

When we try to take people from fear to acceptance using logic, it frequently doesn’t work because you’re taking them from a negative limbic brain focus to the front of the brain where logic resides.  It’s much easier to move people from the fight or flight response to excitement or fun and then into logic.

Listen to the full episode to understand techniques you can use to make change more fun.

How to overcome fear of change with fun and excitement Your Homework

Before your next change initiative, check out the Kübler-Ross change curve. That will allow you to connect with the emotional and psychological experience people go through during change. That will help you understand where people are in the change process and know how to respond with the way you communicate and the techniques you use.

Also, go to GameStorming.com and explore exercises such as Flip It to help people adapt to change.

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Lora McCoy is a Certified Business Analysis Professional with over 20 years of experience performing Business Analysis activities as well as Quality Assurance, and Project Management. She currently engages daily in BA consulting efforts, educates for IIBA certification internationally and serves as the Director of Americas Central Region for the IIBA where she applies that passion through mentorship and knowledge sharing.

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Oct 01 2019

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MBA196: Customer Journey Treasure Hunting

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Vince Mirabelli shares some practical, how-to approaches to developing empathy, mapping the customer journey, and finding business process improvement opportunities along the way.

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An Empathy Map is a tool you can use to understand who your customer is, their pain points, and what they think and feel about the problem you’re trying to solve.  Ultimately, it helps us understand what customers want from us.

Empathy Maps give us insight into who and the why.  Who are our customers, what do they need and why is it important to them?

Once you understand your customer and their needs, you can move on to a Customer Journey Map.

You can think of a Customer Journey Map as an outside in process map.  It’s a process map from the customer’s perspective.

You can use a Customer Journey Map to better understand the customer’s interactions with your organization and make working with you easier.  It can also help you to understand high and low interaction points to discover ways to improve.

Armed with the information from your Empathy Map and Journey Map, you can now prioritize opportunities to benefit your customers.

Listen to the full episode to understand how to use these tools and more to find the right opportunities to bring more value to your customers.

Customer Journey Treasure Hunting with Vince Mirabelli Use coupon Code MBABBC to save 15% Your HomeworkUnderstand who your customer is and go and talk to them. Find out what it is that they need and why it’s important. Be on the lookout for both stated needs and unstated needs.

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Vincent Mirabelli
Vince is a leader in the fields of Business Process Improvement, Business Analysis and Lean Six Sigma, is a frequent speaker and workshop facilitator, and host of the podcast, “In Process”. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®), Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®), Certified Customer Experience Professional (CCXP), and a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

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Sep 24 2019

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MBA195: Example Mapping

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Kent McDonald shares his thoughts about what you need to know about Agile and how to use Example Mapping; a technique to create a shared understanding.

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In addition to participating on the Product Ownership Panel during the Building Business Capability conference, Kent is also leading a workshop, 7 Things You Need to Know About Agile.

One of the big challenges in organizations transforming to Agile ways of working is shifting from doing Agile (following certain practices and events) and bring Agile (adopting an Agile mindset and living the values).

Without the right mindset, your team and organization will never reap all of the benefits of Agile.

In addition to dispelling some of the myths and misconceptions about Agile, Kent will share a great technique in his session, How to Build Shared Understanding with Example Mapping.

Example mapping is a great way to structure a conversation in a way that people with diverse knowledge can develop a shared understanding.  You can use this powerful approach before you build anything; when you’re fleshing out features and stories.

Example Mapping: Create a shared understanding Use coupon Code MBABBC to save 15% Your HomeworkTip #1: If you have the chance to work with a UX person, take advantage of that opportunity as much as possible. You’ll improve the discovery and elicitation process as well as learn new things.

Tip #2: If you need to understand the business rules that apply to your project, don’t ask stakeholders for the business rules. Instead, ask them to provide some examples. From those examples, you can infer the business rules and get feedback from the stakeholder.

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Kent McDonald

Kent McDonald writes about and practices software product management. He has IT and product development experience in a variety of industries. Kent currently practices his craft for a leading agriscience company and provides just in time resources for product owners and business analysts at KBP.media and Product Collective.

Kent is writing a new book: How to be an Agile Business Analyst. A pre-publication version is available for sale on Leanpub, and if you buy it now, you’ll get the current version and all subsequent updates. Podcast listeners can get the book for the special price of $15.99 (normally $29.99) and this special price will be good until the start of BBC (November 10): https://leanpub.com/agile-business-analyst/c/mba

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Sep 17 2019

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MBA194: Start Your Project Off Right

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In this episode, Adrian Reed shares his advice for successfully initiating projects and stakeholder management.

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If you’ve ever been thrown into a messy project where the goal and scope aren’t well defined, Adrian Reed’s session at this year’s BBC conference can help. In Navigating the Mess, Adrian blends some traditional business analysis techniques with systems thinking approaches.


In addition to helping you sort out the mess and gail clarity and alignment on your project, Adrian will take you beyond stakeholder engagement.

The typical two-by-two influence and impact grid for stakeholder analysis leads to under representation of key stakeholders. Often, these are ghe people who will be using your solution.

Listen to the full episode to get more information about engaging with the right stakeholders and starting your project the right way.

Start your project the right way – with Adrian Reed Use coupon Code MBABBC to save 15% on your conference registration. Your Homework

Don’t be surprised by an unknown or underrepresented stakeholder. On your next project, reflect on the following question.
Who is the stakeholder that we’re missing? Who’s voice isn’t being heard?

Make sure everyone who needs to have a voice has one.

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Adrian Reed

Adrian is a Principal Consultant and Director at Blackmetric Business Solutions where he provides business analysis consultancy and training solutions.  He also speaks internationally on topics relating to business analysis and business change.

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