Webinar Recording: Business Analysis in an Agile Context Tips, Tricks & Pitfalls with Kent McDonald

In this #BACommunity webinar, we were joined by Kent McDonald to discuss the tricky topic of Business Analysis in an agile context. The session was recorded and you can watch the recording below.

Increasingly, organisations are seeking agility in the way that they operate.  There is an ongoing shift from project to product management, and from long-term predictive methods to iterative and experimental approaches.  This shift requires us to be flexible and to adapt the tools we use to the context.  We need to resist the urge to do something just because “agile says…” (Spoiler alert: “agile” doesn’t actually say anything; it is best thought of as an adjective, something that describes how we workrather than a definitive and prescriptive state or process)

This may leave you asking the question where does business analysis fit into an agile initiative?  And what benefits will there be to my organisation?  If so, this is the webinar for you!  In this interactive and informal Q&A session, Kent McDonald answered a range of questions posed by attendees about this tricky and important topic.  The topics included::

– What do the terms ‘agility’ and ‘agile’ actually mean?
– What is the difference between product and project management?
– Where does business analysis fit in a typical agile initiative?
– What are some key pitfalls we should avoid?

Kent McDonald

About The Speaker
Kent J McDonald writes about and practices software product management. He has IT and product development experience in a variety of industries including financial services, health insurance, nonprofit, and automotive. Kent currently practices his craft with teams in a variety of industries and provides just in time resources for product owners and business analysts at KBP.media and Product Collective.  When not writing or product managing, Kent is his family’s #ubersherpa, listens to jazz and podcasts (but not necessarily podcasts about jazz), and collects national parks.

Kent is author of How To Be An Agile Business Analyst and Beyond Requirements: Analysis with an Agile Mindset and co-author of Stand Back and Deliver: Accelerating Business Agility.