The Agile Guide to Business Analysis and Planning From Strategic Plan to Detailed Requirements

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2020-10-15
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional

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Agile projects require extensive direct communication between developers and the business. This means they depend more than ever on individuals who can structure those conversations for maximum benefit, and apply appropriate business analysis techniques wherever these offer value. Whatever your title or project role, this guide will help you perform these crucial tasks.


Howard Podeswa walks you through an integrated case study project from inception through to completion, offering detailed, step-by-step guidance for performing analysis across the entire agile lifecycle. You'll learn which tools to use, when to use them, how to "stage" agile analysis, and how to adapt analysis for agile projects while protecting the chain from business needs to solutions.


You'll learn how to engage more productively with the business by applying a wide range of analysis tools, including use cases, user stories, Business Process Modeling (BPM), decision tables, traceability matrices, and structural modeling. Podeswa shows how to write effective acceptance criteria for agile projects using the powerful BDD (Behavior-Driven Development) Given/When/Then template. He covers analysis for release plan preparation, sprints, backlog management, and retrospectives; and offers a full chapter of guidance on scaling analysis for large agile projects.


If you're already an analyst, Podeswa will help you transition to agile. If you're an agile project owner or developer, he'll help you leverage analysis techniques to deliver far more value to your business customers.

Author Biography

Howard Podeswa is an established author and sought-after speaker at Business Analysis conferences. He plays a leading role in the industry (Business Analysis), as designer of BA training programs for a number of large training institutions (Boston University, TriOS, Humber College, etc.), Subject Matter Expert for the NITAS BA program (co-sponsored by US Dept. of Labor and CompTIA), and reviewer of the profession's standard book of best practices (the BABOK, owned by the International Institute of Business Analysis). Podeswa, through his role as Director for Noble Inc., has provided BA services internationally to a diverse client base, including the Canadian military (MASIS), the U.S. nuclear industry and the insurance and finance sectors. He is the author of The Business Analyst's Handbook (Cengage, 2009) and both editions of UML for the IT Business Analyst (Cengage, 2005 and 2009).

Table of Contents

1. Overview of Agile Business Analysis
2. Release Plan Preparation (Sprint 0) Part 1: LeanStartup Techniques
3. Release Plan Preparation Part 2: Analyzing the Impact on the Business; Discovering Features
4. Release Plan Preparation Part 3: BA Tools for Decomposing Features and Epics
5. Release Plan Preparation Part 4: Creating and Tracing Initial Set of User Stories
6. Sprint n - Business Analysis during the Implementation Sprint
7. Sprint n - Analyzing Business Rules
8. BA Tasks and Tools for Grooming the Product Backlog
9. Endings - The BA Function in Iteration/Sprint Review, Sprint Retrospective and Release Retrospective
10. Scaling the Business Analysis Function on Large Projects

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