In this episode, Kent McDonald helps us to dispel some myths and helps you discover what you need to know about working in an Agile environment.

After listening to this episode, you'll understand:

  • Why Agile alone won’t get you better, faster, and cheaper
  • How a Business Analyst can play a valuable role in Agile
  • Why you shouldn’t focus on writing User Stories (and where you should focus)

Show Notes

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions when it comes to Agile.  In this episode, Kent McDonald helps dispel some of those myths by sharing seven key things you need to know about agile.

  1. Agile is not a methodology. It is a mindset.
  2. There’s more to agile than just Scrum
  3. Analysis is still relevant
  4. Agile alone will not get you better, faster, cheaper
  5. Writing and slicing user stories is not the whole story
  6. Business analysts can be product owners
  7. Business analysts do not have to be product owners


Listen to the full episode to hear all of Kent’s insights about Agile.



Your Homework

In your current role, look for ways to do your work iteratively and incrementally. Ideally, get feedback after ever iteration and use that feedback to adjust not only the product, but also your approach.


Links mentioned in this episode:

Beyond Requirements book

Kent’s Book, Beyond Requirements






Kent McDonald

Kent McDonald

Founder, Knowledge Bridge Partners

Kent McDonald uncovers better ways of delivering value by doing it and helping others do it. His more than 20 years of experience includes work in business analysis, strategic planning, project management, and product development in a variety of industries. As the founder of Knowledge Bridge Partners, he helps organizations figure out the right things to do in their IT and product development work. He currently practices those ideas as Product Owner for the Agile Alliance. Kent is also the author of the book, Beyond Requirements.


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