Webinar Recording: Agile and Business Analysis: An Expert Panel

In this BA community webinar we were joined by a panel of expert practitioners, who provided their perspectives on agile and business analysis.

Webinar: Agile and Business Analysis: An Expert Panel

The webinar was recorded and can be viewed below.


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Webinar Description

Increasingly, organisations are needing to adapt to their environment to stay relevant.  The ability to experiment, test and learn is crucial–and taking an ‘agile’ approach to change can be a central part of this.

Yet the word ‘agile’ is used (and abused!) in many different contexts, and many ‘myths’ have emerged.  In this session we aim to discuss the practicalities of agile, through a business analysis lens, busting a few common myths along the way.

In this webinar we were joined by a panel of experts:

Lynda Girvan, Lead Agile Business Analyst at CMC Partnership, international speaker and author of ‘Agile and Business Analysis’ published by BCS

Chris Matts,  Agile Transformation Coach, international speaker and author of books such as ‘Commitment’

Tony Heap,  Experienced Agile Business Analyst, author of many white papers and blogs, and a regular conference speaker on topics relating to agility and design.


About the Speakers

Lynda GirvanLynda Girvan

Lynda has over 25 years of experience as a consultant, manager and trainer in business analysis, agile development, agile coaching and transformational change programmes across both the public and private sectors.

Lynda is Head of Business Analysis and principal consultant at CMC Partnership where she leads the development of agile within the consultancy practice and with clients.  She developed and led an agile training portfolio for AssistKD Ltd and was a key contributor to the BCS Advanced Diploma in Business Analysis. With extensive experience of adding value to organisations through her business analysis work Lynda is keen that agile software development is understood within the context of delivering business improvement.

She is the co-author of the BCS published books Agile and Business Analysis (2017) and Developing Information Systems (2014) and has spoken at numerous European and international conferences on these subjects.

Tony HeapTony Heap

Tony is a freelance agile business analyst / agile coach / trainer based in the UK. He has worked for a variety of clients including HMRC, ASDA, Morrisons, NHS, RWE nPower, Arcadia, BT, Barclaycard and Egg. In his spare time, he likes to share his experiences and ideas on his blog www.its-all-design.com, and he is also an associate BA with Equal Experts, an award-winning agile consultancy specialising in simple software solutions for big business challenges. He is particularly interested in agile approaches and how they apply to business analysis. He is a requirements denier. Follow Tony on Twitter @tonyheapuk.

Chris Matts

Chris MattsChris is an Agile Transformation Coach working with large organisation who want to be better, faster and deliver more value. He has been an active member of Agile Community since 2003. He has been doing business analysis for far too long including head of Business Analysis roles at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein and BNP Paribas. He is the co-creator of the “popular” Given-When-Then Agile requirements format, as well as the creator of real options, staff liquidity and capacity planning. Capacity planning is an portfolio level approach for alligning the work of hundreds of Product Owners and Business Analysts. He was a contributor to the IIBA Business Analysis Book of Knowledge (BABOK) and created the team that wrote the IIBA’s Agile Extension to the BABOK.

Chris blogs at theitriskmanager.truemesh.com and very occasionaly tweets at @papachrismatts.