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Business Analysis and the Agile Mindset

Business analysis is all about understanding your organisation or enterprise, to help you recognise and overcome your pain points and any barriers to change and growth.  Applying the agile mindset in business analysis makes the path to change clear and provides an accessible, measurable framework for action.

First, we need to see your business with absolute clarity. This requires a full lifecycle business analysis. We examine all your processes forensically, from beginning to end.

This is a structured approach, and one we can repeat and apply, with any modifications, depending on your individual project requirements.

Full lifecycle business analysis involves these key stages:

Analysing your enterprise
Extracting your requirements
Analysing these requirements
Assessing and approving solutions
Planning and monitoring
Communicating and coordinating action
Embedding continuous improvement.

We assess and analyse your requirements carefully, to ensure they will meet your business needs.

By applying working software and using clear communications at every stage, we can develop and apply the right solutions to make positive change happen for your business.

The agile approach to business analysis equips you for present and future change.What makes the agile mindset different to the waterfall model?The traditional, waterfall model is a series of linear steps, making logical progress towards change and completion of projects.Issues can arise when you want to go back and change things that have occurred at an earlier stage.The waterfall model is logical but not flexible. Because its outcomes are confined to the end stages of the process, it can mean high degrees of risk and uncertainty. It is therefore not suitable for all types of business or organisation.The agile mindset involves an alternative approach:

It is an iterative model, meaning it involves a repeatable cycle of actions and operations, taking small steps to deliver your goals and objectives.

These incremental steps create tangible value, and allow you to gather feedback at each stage of development.

The agile mindset promotes better collaboration and interaction among the teams and individuals working for you.

We can ensure your transition from waterfall to agile is a simple progression.We do this by working closely with you and your teams, supporting individuals and interactions.Our recommendations and actions are clear and measurable.

You don’t have to be a large organisation or corporate body to benefit from business analysis and the agile mindset.

Simple Progression offers an advisory service for smaller enterprises, providing a consultant business analyst for as many days as you require, to set up your projects.

Our smaller clients have found this service especially useful for operating successfully in regulatory environments.

Why Would you Need the Services of a Product Owner?

The product owner plays a key role in the scrum framework of an agile business. They drive the development cycle and make sure concepts will translate into real-world actions.

Essentially, this is about taking on the responsibility for managing and delivering defined outcomes related to specific products, projects or services.

The product owner role is multi-disciplinary, combining several important skills and functions:

  • Business strategy
  • Market analysis
  • Product design and development
  • Project management
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Client liaison.
To maximise the value of the products that the scrum development team creates, the product owner applies a high level perspective to product design and development.

This is about seeing the bigger picture while also being able to focus on precise details where necessary.

High level perspective defines the team’s goals and creates an overall vision for product development.

At the core of it all is communication. The product owner maintains open lines of communication with everyone involved with, or impacted by, the project.

As your product owner, I maintain the vision of your project by creating a roadmap for the product. This acts as both a practical plan and a strategic guide for stakeholders.

Every project generates a to-do list. This is the project backlog.

The product owner manages this backlog, defining and creating items, adding them to the list and prioritising them.

The backlog is ever-changing, continually updating as project needs evolve throughout development.

Because the agile approach is based on tangible incremental gains, it is vital that the backlog is on track and up-to-date.

Having an experienced product owner on board can help to shape the design and development of your major projects, ensuring the kind of positive outcomes that enable enterprises to change and grow.

For more information about product owner services, the scrum framework and agile mindset for business analysis, please call 07950 977054, email info@simpleprogression.com.

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