Monday, March 27, 2006 6:52 PM
RE: [agileanalysis] Any activity in this Group?
Sorry, been under the weather for a few days... so let me review and return the favour! DaveW>>
DAVEW....1) How much time (hours per day) do Agile developers need to be with customers/users? Finding available time on key people's schedules is a constant challenge for me; I basically have to prepare ahead for a very focused 60 to 90 minutes that I might get a day (or every 2 days) to gather requirements. I often end up addressing multiple projects with different business people in parallel in order to keep productive. In fact, my company expects partcipation in multiple projects at the same time.2) High-level Requirements are common when scoping a project, either as "I need..." or "The solution must..." statements. I am currently working on a project where high-level requirements were used to define 4 separate phases. Benefits and costs estimated for each phase were used to prioritize the work, and I am now working with the business on detailed requirements for the first phase. I will be feeding those requirements to the assigned designer as they stabilize, who will start development of the first phase while I proceed to detailing the requirements for the second phase, and so on.WIll the results be 'formal'? I suppose, since they will be documented, communicated and approved, and form a baseline for development that virtually eliminates mis-understandings..
DAVEW...Sorry, i don't follow you here. A good methodology with defined artifacts should ensure that what is delivered is of value, and no more; I don't have time to produce content that is not used. ...and any good methodology and artifact set will evolve over time to capture what is required, and drop what is no longer required.......
"Business Analyst". It is not bad title, and it is one I>have had off and on since 1984, and it does describe what we do --- analyze>the business --- but not what we create: the Requirements.>>
DAVEWRequirements definition is crucial to selecting the best solution for the business; if you have already started developing software, you have probably selected the technical architecture and operating environment. How do you know if you shouldn't have gone in a very different direction? Where do you make the choice to re-use an existing system, or buy instead of build?
>>.....I think this is part of the reason that, when some companies hire a Business>Analyst, they believe they are also getting a Project Manager and Software>Tester (the latter better known as Quality Assurance Analysts). I have also>met Business Analysts who would agree with this. I would certainly agree>that having multiple skills will make you more marketable, but it should be>clear that these are three separate skill-sets that are not always>compatible.>
DAVEW.....Ah well, power to you. .. I happen to believe that the inner tension of a project between delivering the best solution and delivering it on time is best resolved as an external discussion between 2 people, rather than an internal dilemna for one person... at least that's what works for me.>>
<snip>>>....................................................If you consider yourself a Business>Analyst, it is imperative you seek out the IIBA, and highly recommended >that>you join.>>
DAVEWYes, methodologies and documented processes for any activity that produces different deliverables each time (like Information Systems) should not be treated as written in stone. Certification is a long-standing approach to creating and perpetuating a profession; in fact, there is an ISO standard for doing it. Managers and HR directors for years have been telling me how important it is to 'act professional' and all, I think I would like to actually be recognized as one.>