Having started my IT career in 1983 you might expect that I have worked my share of waterfall projects – and you are right! While my career as a business analyst has spanned decades, I never let comfort or complacency set in. There was always a constant shift in new technologies, new programming languages, approaches to analysis, and of course new ways of thinking about how to deliver projects.
As a business analyst, I could have remained comfortable with my knowledge acquired in college (think mainframe and assembler programming) but how crazy that would be! To succeed as a business analyst, past or present, you have to be adaptable and willing to continually learn. Shifting from waterfall to agile – is just another transformation on our ever changing career path. If you are still working waterfall projects – step up your game and learn how to transition your existing skills to this new exciting approach to delivery.
New? Actually agile approaches have been around for years, but as many business analysts know – not all organizations jumped on the agile train. Some adapted and were successful, some tried and failed, some were somewhat successful, while others are still transitioning. This just presents a variety of environments and even more rationalization as to why today’s business analysts need to understand how to perform business analysis in different delivery environments. Even when organizations transition to agile – not all organizations are pure in their approach. You never know what your project context will be – so prepare your skills to be adaptable to different environments. More and more organizations have a mix of delivery environments.
Now here is the good news – if you have put off learning how to transition to agile business analysis – there is no need to wait any longer! There are enough collective experiences out there, content, and training options to help you. There is a phenomenal standard called The PMI Guide to Business Analysis – that clearly demonstrates what business analysis looks like in waterfall and agile through the concept of ‘tailoring tables’ which can guide you in making this transition. As a first step – I encourage you take a look at my recently launched webinar – Business Analysis: Waterfall to Agile What Does It Mean for my Role? https://courses.ba.academy/p/agile-ba
You might also be interested in listening to Business Agility – and the Need for Business Analysts to Step up Their Game! – my latest conversation with Camille Spruill agilest, technologist, business analyst extraordinaire. You can find our conversation with Camille podcasted at https://ba.academy/podcasts/ starting September 25th
Keep checking back to ba.academy as we launch a series of content and online courses to support you on your journey into agile.