MBA135: What the IIBA Can Do for You

MBA135: What the IIBA Can Do for You

In this episode, Ken Fulmer, CEO and President of the International Institute for Business Analysis (IIBA), joins us to discuss some new initiatives at the IIBA and how the IIBA can help you advance your skills and grow in your career. After listening to this episode,...
MBA125: Become the Conscience of the Business

MBA125: Become the Conscience of the Business

In this episode, Ian Huke helps us to become the conscience of the business by doing the right thing, building a following, and becoming a trusted advisor. After listening to this episode, you'll understand: Why the BA is positioned to become the conscience of the...
MBA120: Jobs to be Done Theory

MBA120: Jobs to be Done Theory

In this episode, Alan Klement shows us how Jobs to be Done can help you design better products and spur innovation.  Jobs to be Done (JTBD) is a mixture of design thinking, lean startup, and agile to help you make great products that people will love. After listening...
MBA119: What’s in Your Backlog?

MBA119: What’s in Your Backlog?

In this episode, we discuss the different types of items that may make up a product backlog.  Hint: It’s more than just User Stories. After listening to this episode, you'll understand: The difference between a Product Backlog and a Sprint Backlog How to...
MBA112: User Centered Design

MBA112: User Centered Design

In this episode, Caleb Carroll helps us deliver better business value through a User Centered Design approach.     After listening to this episode, you'll understand: The difference between UX, UI, and CX Why user centered design is critical to your success...
MBA109: Foundations in Business Analysis

MBA109: Foundations in Business Analysis

In this episode, Greg Kulander and Charlene Ceci help us get back to basics and establish a strong foundation for your business analysis skills and techniques.   After listening to this episode, you'll understand: Why it’s important to go back to basics...
MBA108: Prioritizing with the MVP

MBA108: Prioritizing with the MVP

In this episode, Amanda Tygart and Jenny Swan help you to find the minimum viable product and use it to identify work that you should deliver first.   After listening to this episode, you'll understand: How to use personas to help with prioritization How to slice...
MBA104: Predictions for 2017

MBA104: Predictions for 2017

In this episode, I’ll share my predictions for 2017 and what they mean to you. Based on what’s been happening in the industry, I’ve peered into my crystal ball and have four predictions that will impact Business Analysts, Project Managers, and other...
MBA103: How Mr. Finch Stole the Project

MBA103: How Mr. Finch Stole the Project

Happy holidays!  In this episode, we hear the tale of Mr. Finch as he tries to sabotage the project, read in the style of the popular children’s author, Dr. Seuss.   Every stakeholder at Acme liked the project a lot . . . But Mr. Finch, who was from...
MBA101: Split Your Stories!

MBA101: Split Your Stories!

In this episode, Chris Sims shares four techniques to split your user stories to make them smaller, more manageable, and to help draw out details. After listening to this episode, you'll understand: The problems big user stories can cause How big your user stories...
MBA085: From Models to Stories

MBA085: From Models to Stories

In this episode, Candase Hokanson helps to understand how to use visual models to not only create a shared understanding, but also to identify user stories and prioritize your backlog. After listening to this episode, you'll understand: How to use models to create a...
MBA084: Agile Modeling with Scott Ambler

MBA084: Agile Modeling with Scott Ambler

In this episode, Scott Ambler helps us to understand the power of using models and how to use models in an agile environment. After listening to this episode, you'll understand: Why you should use models in agile What models to use in a given context How to keep...
MBA080: Think Like a Freak

MBA080: Think Like a Freak

In this episode, Faye Thompson helps us to solve problems by thinking like freaks and takes us from scribe to trusted adviser. After listening to this episode, you'll understand: Why good business analysts think like freaks How to dig deeper when someone provides an...
MBA079: Effective Collaboration

MBA079: Effective Collaboration

In this episode, Paula Bell shares her thoughts on effective collaboration; why it’s important and the eight factors for building a collaborative environment. After listening to this episode, you'll understand: How collaboration differs from teamwork Eight...
MBA076: Product Strategy

MBA076: Product Strategy

In this episode, Product Management expert Roman Pichler discusses the importance of a product strategy and how the vision, strategy, roadmap, and backlog all fit together. After listening to this episode, you'll understand: The difference between a Product Manager...
MBA075: Slices of Big Truths

MBA075: Slices of Big Truths

In this episode, Bob Prentiss shares some hard truths about what we must be to achieve success in business analysis and other endeavors. After listening to this episode, you'll understand: The hard truths we need to understand to achieve success How to overcome...
MBA074: Lean Business Analysis

MBA074: Lean Business Analysis

In this episode, Luke Johnstone helps us to eliminate waste in our BA practices using Lean Business Analysis.   After listening to this episode, you'll understand: Why the four values of the Lean Business Analysis Manifesto are so important The 8 forms of waste...
MBA072: Improve Your Facilitation

MBA072: Improve Your Facilitation

In this episode, author and coach Leslie Stein helps us to discover the keys to successful facilitation. After listening to this episode, you'll understand: The difference between leading a meeting and facilitating Why it may be better if you don’t know the...
MBA071: The Essence of Business Analysis

MBA071: The Essence of Business Analysis

In this episode, Jonathan Babcock helps us to understand the essence of business analysis and how though a better understanding the principles behind this essence, you can improve your performance. After listening to this episode, you'll understand: Where the true...
MBA070: Better BA and PM Collaboration

MBA070: Better BA and PM Collaboration

In this episode, Ori Schibi discussed how Business Analysts and Project Managers can collaborate better to achieve success on projects and deliver more value to their organization. After listening to this episode, you'll understand: Why BAs and PMs often don’t...
MBA065: The Value of Business Analysis

MBA065: The Value of Business Analysis

In this episode, Doug Goldberg help us to understand the true value that Business Analysts bring to a project and organizations.   After listening to this episode, you'll understand: Where Business Analysts can deliver value Why the value isn’t in the...
MBA058: Reusable Discovery Testing

MBA058: Reusable Discovery Testing

In this episode, Mark Des Biens shares an approach to reuse requirements and accelerate requirements elicitation. After listening to this episode, you'll understand: Why it takes so long to elicit requirements How to use a hypothesis to better understand customer...
MBA051: A Visit From the Business Analyst

MBA051: A Visit From the Business Analyst

In this poem adapted from Clement Clark Moore’s “A Visit from St. Nicholas”, we get the Business Analyst version and find out what happens when the BA visits a struggling project team.   A Visit From the Business Analyst ‘Twas the night before...
MBA039: The Big Deal with Big Data

MBA039: The Big Deal with Big Data

In this episode, Cormac Walsh helps us to better understand what big data is, why you should care about big data, and how to get started. Cormac Walsh Head of Data Analysis at Fonacta Enterprise Solutions Cormac Walsh is the head of data analysis at Fonecta Enterprise...