The Business Analyst role seems conspicuously absent from most Agile methods. Do Agile methods make the Business Analyst role obsolete like that of a locomotive fireman? Certainly not! But how does a BA exploit the short cycle times, and collaborative nature of Agile methods? Drawing metaphorically and literally from Donald Reinersten’s principles of product development flow, this workshop introduces 5 principles for the agile BA, Open the Channels, Chart the Flow, Generate Flow, Lean Out the Flow, and Bridge the Flow. First and foremost a BA is a communicator and must Open the Channels, and Chart the Flow to align all stake holders. BAs can leverage traditional tools such as use cases and other models to Generate Flow and feed user stories to fast moving agile teams. However, large backlogs of stories are wasteful and lean principles are applied to Lean Out the Flow. Finally BAs work in a complex ecosystem of mixed methods and practices, and may need to Bridge the Flow between more traditional elements of the organization and the agile teams. Fall in love with Business Analysis all over again by deliver more value without working longer hours.

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Shane Hastie joined ICAgile in 2017 as the Director of Agile Learning Programs. He has oversight in the strategic direction and expansion of ICAgile’s learning programs, including maintaining and extending ICAgile’s learning objectives, providing thought leadership and collaborating with industry experts, and supporting the larger ICAgile community, which includes more than 90 Member Organizations and approximately 50,000 ICAgile certification holders. Over the last 30+ years Shane has been a practitioner and leader of developers, testers, trainers, project managers and business analysts, helping teams to deliver results that align with overall business objectives. He spent 15 years as a professional trainer and consultant specialising in Agile practices, business analysis, project management, requirements, testing and methodologies for SoftEd in Australia, New Zealand and around the world. “I firmly believe that humanistic way of working and the agile mindset are desperately needed in organisations all around the globe today. Taking agile values and principles beyond software is important and making sure they are properly embedded is absolutely crucial for success – we’re in an industry that touches every aspect of people’s lives and massively influences society as a whole and I want to be a part of making sure that industry is both ethical and sustainable.” Shane served as a Director of the Agile Alliance from 2011 until 2016 and is the Chair of Agile Alliance New Zealand