Agile, Business Analytics, Working Better With Developers
June was a very active month in our community. We discussed many topics that are important to our members including Agile, Analytics, the IIBA, and Certifications.
Here is a brief recap of the community highlights from June.
1. The Trouble With Agile Development
Agile is a very popular term that we hear a lot about in our profession and can bring many benefits to the organizations that choose to use it. The major drawbacks, however, must also be clearly understood so that we can mitigate the associated risks.
Get a clear definition of ‘Agile’ (Article)
The drawbacks of using agile on projects (Video)
2. Confusing Business Analysis With Business Analytics
We’ve been recently seeing a lot of confusion in the industry about the difference between our profession and the profession or business analytics. The words “analysis” and “analytics” may sound the same, but the two professions require very different skill sets. I provided some clarity around this issue.
A Large Educational Institution Miscategorizes Their “Analytics” Courses as “Analysis” Courses (Video)
An Employer Mistitles Their Job Posting For An “Analytics” Role As An “Analyst” Role (Video)
3. Hearing What Developers Have To Say To Business Analysts
Software developers are one of the most important stakeholders that we have to work with on a regular basis. Understanding their perspective is important to analysts because it helps us predict the things they require from our activities and deliverables. This understanding can dramatically improve your relationship with your dev team. We’ve started a video series where we ask developers how we can help them better.
Better Stakeholder Management (Video)
4. Other Notable Activities In Our Community
Our community member asks a very good follow-up question to an earlier video we posted about meeting handouts. I provided a detailed response.
These are just the highlights from our community. Checking in with us regularly will keep you updated with the community happenings as they take place.