MBA191: Use Cases in Agile

MBA191: Use Cases in Agile

In this episode, Ivar Jacobson shows us how to apply Use Cases in an Agile context and helps us discover how a Use Case approach addresses some of the problems with User Stories. Show Notes You may have used Use Cases in a waterfall environment, but can this technique...
MBA185: Business Analysis in Agile

MBA185: Business Analysis in Agile

In this episode, James Robertson shares some of the challenges associated with an Agile transformation and how Business Analysts can provide the most value to the organization.   After listening to this episode, you'll understand: What challenges BAs face in an...
MBA183: The BA Role on a Scrum Team

MBA183: The BA Role on a Scrum Team

In this episode, Anthony Mersino discusses where a Business Analyst fits on a Scrum Team and ways you can bring more value to the team and your organization.   After listening to this episode, you'll understand: Why the question about the BA role in Scrum keeps...
MBA182: BA in the Service Industry

MBA182: BA in the Service Industry

In this episode, we discuss the realities of being a Business Analyst in a non-technical field and how to apply your existing skills and competencies to other contexts.   After listening to this episode, you'll understand: How being a BA in the services industry...
MBA181: The Three BA Archetypes

MBA181: The Three BA Archetypes

In this episode, Emal Bariali helps us understand the three types of Business Analysts and how you can use these archetypes to find the right job or advance your career.   After listening to this episode, you'll understand: What the three different types of BA...
MBA180: Socratic Questioning

MBA180: Socratic Questioning

In this episode, Kent McDonald shares a powerful approach to eliciting information using an ancient questioning technique.. After listening to this episode, you'll understand: How to apply the Socratic method to requirements elicitation The different types of...
Lightning Cast: BA Performance Goals

Lightning Cast: BA Performance Goals

Creating annual performance goals for Business Analysts can be a challenge.  Here are tips for goal setting and some sample goals to help you achieve the right outcomes. A Lightning Cast is a shorter form episode modeled after lightning talks.  You’ll get...
MBA178: Career Options for BAs

MBA178: Career Options for BAs

In this episode, we look at LinkedIn’s Most Promising Jobs for 2019 and discuss how the skills of Business Analysts are key to success in many of the roles. After listening to this episode, you'll understand: How certain skills are transferrable to other roles...
MBA177: Product Backlog Refinement

MBA177: Product Backlog Refinement

Product Backlog Refinement (grooming) is a key activity for any Agile team.  In this episode, I share some tips and recommendations for successful refinement sessions. After listening to this episode, you'll understand: Why product backlog refinement is a key activity...
MBA176: Predictions for 2019

MBA176: Predictions for 2019

In this episode, three industry thought leaders and I share our predictions for 2019 and help you understand what you can do to be successful in the new year. Adrian Reed |  Blackmetric Business Solutions Prediction: We live in a fast moving, unpredictable world.  As...
MBA173: Avoiding the Build Trap

MBA173: Avoiding the Build Trap

In this episode, product management expert Melissa Perri helps us to avoid waste and build products that customers truly want.  After listening to this episode, you'll understand: Why detailed requirements documents often aren’t the best approach Common reasons...
Lightning Cast: Big Design Up Front

Lightning Cast: Big Design Up Front

In this Lightning Cast, we’ll explore the practice of using stage gates and a big design up front.  Why do organizations use the BDUF approach and is there a better way? A Lightning Cast is a shorter form episode modeled after lightning talks.  You’ll get...
MBA168:  Exploring the BA Career Path

MBA168: Exploring the BA Career Path

In this episode, consultant, speaker, and author Adrian Reed helps us explore the BA career path, career growth options, and actions you can take to grow in your career as a Business Analyst.   After listening to this episode, you'll understand: What career...
MBA166: Mastering the Art of Feedback

MBA166: Mastering the Art of Feedback

In this episode, Heather Mylan-Mains helps us to be effective in giving feedback and how to receive feedback for the greatest impact. After listening to this episode, you'll understand: The difference between effective and ineffective feedback The problem with annual...

Special Message

For the first time since I started the Mastering Business Analysis podcast, I have missed a release date. The episode scheduled for August 21st did not go live as planned. Unfortunately, I’m in the hospital fighting a bad infection. I’m not sure when...
MBA165: Remembering Jerry Weinberg

MBA165: Remembering Jerry Weinberg

Last week, the world lost a luminary.  Jerry Weinberg passed away at the age of 84.  Here are some of the most important lessons from Jerry in his own words. After listening to this episode, you'll understand: Why taking requirements seriously is so critical The...
MBA161: Evolution of the BA Role

MBA161: Evolution of the BA Role

In this episode, you’ll discover the next step in the evolution of the role of the Business Analyst and if Agile spells the end of the BA role.   After listening to this episode, you'll understand: The origins of Business Analysis Why context is important...
MBA158: Agile Requirements

MBA158: Agile Requirements

In this episode, we’ll explore Agile requirements and answer the question “Are User Stories requirements?”   After listening to this episode, you'll understand: How requirements in Agile differ from Traditional environments Why User Stories are...
MBA157: The Importance of Good Data Analysis

MBA157: The Importance of Good Data Analysis

In this episode, Ali Cox helps us to understand the importance of good data analysis and how to get started.   After listening to this episode, you'll understand: How to use data to your organization’s advantage Why ignoring data can be detrimental to your...
MBA156: The Power of Mentoring

MBA156: The Power of Mentoring

Want to take your skills and your career to the next level?  A mentoring relationship can do just that.  Discover how to find the right mentor and create an effective mentoring relationship. After listening to this episode, you'll understand: Why mentoring is such a...
MBA155: Hiring BAs and PMs

MBA155: Hiring BAs and PMs

Are you a hiring manager looking for great BA and PM candidates? Find out how to find the best candidates for your organization. Job seekers will discover how to best prepare for a job search. After listening to this episode, you'll understand: What to do before you...
MBA154: Change Leadership

MBA154: Change Leadership

In this episode, you’ll discover ways to help people in your organization adapt to the change associated with a new initiative; a key to successfully overcoming resistance.   After listening to this episode, you'll understand: Why people respond differently...
MBA153: Trends in Business Analysis

MBA153: Trends in Business Analysis

In this episode, Elizabeth Larson talks about current trends in the Business Analysis field and how they will affect you. After listening to this episode, you'll understand: What key trends are affecting the business analysis field The big news about the BA role in...
MBA152: Finding the Right Project

MBA152: Finding the Right Project

In this episode, Richard Larson shares five techniques you can use to discover the underlying problem or opportunity to solve create the right solution. After listening to this episode, you'll understand: How to find the real problem to solve What to do when...
MBA150: A High Five for Business Analysts

MBA150: A High Five for Business Analysts

In this episode, Tomette Kirk shares what she calls the high five; five essential tasks that we need to focus on as Business Analysts to be successful. After listening to this episode, you'll understand: What essential tasks are needed for success as a business...
MBA149: The Power of EQ

MBA149: The Power of EQ

In this episode, author and speaker Jen Shirkani helps us to understand the importance of Emotional Intelligence and shares techniques to boost your EQ. After listening to this episode, you'll understand: What emotional intelligence (EQ) is and how it differs from IQ...
MBA147: The Business Agility Manifesto

MBA147: The Business Agility Manifesto

In this episode, Ron Ross explains the Business Agility Manifesto and helps us to understand the role business knowledge plays in enhancing business agility. After listening to this episode, you'll understand: Why the Business Agility Manifesto is and why it was...
MBA146: The Full Stack Business Analyst

MBA146: The Full Stack Business Analyst

In this episode, we explore what it takes to become a Full-Stack Business Analyst. Similar to a Full-Stack Developer, a Business Analyst can broaden their skills to reduce waste and contribute more value to their organization. After listening to this episode, you'll...
MBA145: Predictions for 2018

MBA145: Predictions for 2018

In this episode, six thought leaders and I share predictions for 2018 and help you understand what it means for you. Kupe Kupersmith  |  KupeTalks Prediction: There will be progress in the #NoRequirements movement. Focus your attention in areas other than...
MBA144: The 12 Days of the Project

MBA144: The 12 Days of the Project

In this episode, you’ll discover 12 approaches that lead to shorter time to market, increased customer value, and innovation. After listening to this episode, you'll understand: Why short feedback cycles are critical How to increase innovation Why metrics matter...
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...