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New Post 3/27/2008 12:15 AM
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Busines Systems Analyst in an Agile environment 

Hi there!

First off, I'm happy I found the - definitely a great resource.

Second, I was wondering if anyone can point me to any good books with respect to the role of a Business Systems Analyst within a company which actively applies Agile System Development Methodologies.  Also, any info or starter points / tips on UML usage within an Agile context would be super-helpful.



New Post 3/28/2008 4:04 PM
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Re: Busines Systems Analyst in an Agile environment 

Hi Michael

The company I work for is looking into using Scrum for some project work so the role of the BSA in this agile approach is something i'm keen to learn also.  Agile (or scrum) tries to generalize roles rather than a specific one. 

I've yet to come across any books which detail the role of the BSA in this approach but have found the following site to be a bit of an eye opener:  It also has one which relates to documentation (part of my BSA role):

I think my work wish the BSA ro produce (or assist in producing) User Stories and Use Cases.

Are you part of a project/company which is using agile?  I'd be interested to know your thoughts...

Thanks :o)

New Post 3/31/2008 12:40 PM
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Re: Busines Systems Analyst in an Agile environment 

Hi Michael,

Some agile books that I've found very useful are User Stories Applied, and Agile Estimation and Planning both by Michael Cohn.  The former is good at giving you the basic day-to-day concepts for shaping requirements for agile development.  The latter presents the high-level planning aspect to help guide your business stakeholders in their strategy and prioritization.  Similarly, it helps provide the information you need to know when and how to explain and defend the agile methodologies.




New Post 4/1/2008 1:00 AM
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Re: Busines Systems Analyst in an Agile environment 
Modified By Adrian M.  on 4/1/2008 12:26:26 PM)

Hi All,

I would like to recommend "Agile Software Development: The Cooperative Game (2nd Edition)" by Alistair Cockburn.

It's good start because of 2 reasons:
    * It's small book
    * Great author who know what to write

His great words are "Each project should have its own methodology" can be replaced by "Each project and team should have its own methodology"

Any time you should balance among knowledge keeping (requirements and architecture) and agility (code as fast as possible). Alistair says he saw heavy weight and too agile projects which were failed. And only you as the professional can choose right one.

Actually Agile methodology is a set of practice that you can apply with almost any heavy weight methodology. You can google by Agile RUP and find many interesting articles.  Any more you can have a look at AUP.

In conclusion you even can google by Agile CMMI :)

New Post 4/23/2008 8:18 AM
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Re: Busines Systems Analyst in an Agile environment 


In my company we are using Agile Sprint - SCRUM and the stapes are..

- Create Product Backlog

- Assign Estimate Story Point to each requirement

- Prioritize requirements the way you want to develop ( Framework, Basic Application etc..)

- Group it them in to each Sprint and estimate how many points you want to deliver in each sprint.

let me know any question



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