Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Top Business Analysis Trends of 2013: Forget Consensus, it's About Collaboration and Convergence

Requirements in the form of a user story are all about the business analyst focusing on delivering convergence vs. collaboration and consensus. The new trend of collaboration and consensus is a way to get everybody on the same page, but it takes a long time to be able to get those requirements developed.

“Remember, in agile from a BA’s perspective user stories are supposed to be there to deliver value that provide a way for everybody to converge on the same path so that you can deliver every four to six weeks. That’s the package and the focus of what agile is all about,” said Nancy Yee, vice president of Global Product Strategy, ESI International,.

In 2013, Nee thinks we will begin to see that the BA’s are going to need to focus their elicitation skills more on convergence than on consensus. To get there, BAs can focus on collaboration and choosing the elicitation methods that will bring everybody into that convergence path.

Check out Nee’s full video below:

Nee is presenting a webinar next week entitled, "Developing Effective Agile Requirements." To register, click here! 
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