TinyStories

How to Improve Your Requirements with Tiny Stories

I presented How to Improve Your Requirements with Tiny Stories at ProjectSummit & BusinessAnalystWorld held in Boston on October 21-22, 2013.

I firmly believe using the Given – When – Then of Behavior Driven Development (BDD) is relevant for business analysts. This talk is probably my best presentation of the material in the last few years.

You are welcome to view the accompanying presentation below. I sill share the link for the accompanying video upon request (and after I upload it to YouTube).

Blow-up the Iron Triangle

I am presenting at the 7th Annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium being held August 15-16, 2013. 

The conference theme is Project Management: Optimizing Value to Stakeholders. I thought this topic, Blow-up the Iron Triangle: Rethinking Software Project Approaches and Goals to Increase Business Value was not only catchy, but very relevant to the theme.

My inspiration was Jim Highsmith’s article, Beyond Scope, Schedule, and Cost: The Agile Triangle. It’s a great introduction to the concept and I expand on it a little bit with an example and the implications. I want to give a big shout-out to Jim for reviewing my accompanying paper and giving feedback.

You are welcome to download the paper and view the accompanying presentation below.

Impact Mapping @ Agile 2013

I was delighted to co-present a workshop with Inger Dickson, long-time colleague and friend. We were sharing our take and experience on Gojko Adzic’s latest work, Impact Mapping.

Last October, Gojko gave us a preview of his book (available on Amazon) during a training workshop last October. Agile 2013 falls during his annual family holiday and he was gracious to let us share his material.

Inger used his material with a charity in Brazil, Corpos Percusivos. Her experience formed the basis of our examples. Combined with a cheat sheet and a few instructions, the participants broke into groups and practiced what they heard. We got some really good reviews and the Net Promoter Score for our talk was 80%.

Here are the slides from our pre-activity presentation:

super duper fast domain modelling

Don’t blame me for the extra “l” in “modelling,” Chris Matts came up with the title and he’s from the UK. They claim to know the “mother tongue” better than we do in the states, but they sure do get a bunch of things wrong!

Okay, enough jesting. Chris and I presented Super duper fast domain modelling at Agile 2013. It was a verbal walk-through and workshop based on the article by Chris and Kent McDonald, The Seven Information Smells of Domain Modelling.

The presentation went well. It went even better considering we only met 2 days previous. Well, we met online and talked over the phone, but we met face-to-face  only at the conference.

Please leave your comment on our slides or the talk below.

Skills for Success: Professional Development Day @ IIBA Minn / St. Paul

I will be giving a new version of my talk about Behavior Based Requirements at this year’s Professional Development Day in Minneapolis / St. Paul. I am excited because I have reworked the entire presentation to both show my passion and give attendees a chance to practice using the Given-When-Then requirements format.

The conference title is Skills for Success: Evolving as a Business Analyst and my presentation is “How to Use Behavior Based Requirements to Build Understanding & Save Your Project.”

The event is on Monday, April 15 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center outside of Minneapolis (registration link). This is one of the premiere PDD events in North America and I am honored to be speaking. If you are in the area, please come, engage, and learn from the outstanding speaker line-up and local BA community.

 

Post conference update: Here is the published version of my slides:

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Agile User Stories Are Easy (IIBA Fort Worth)

I had the pleasure of speaking to the IIBA chapter in Cowtown last night. That’s Fort Worth for those of you unfamiliar with the Great State of Texas.

Total attendance was 15 people and we had some good conversation. There were not many questions during the presentation, but enough to let me know they were listening. I was touched a few folks from the IIBA Dallas chapter drove over for the meeting, thanks.

Holly Millet, a guest at the event, was kind enough to run the camera and record my presentation. If you are interested in seeing this, then please let me know and I’ll put it online and provide a link.

This presentation is at an introductory level, aimed at Business Analysts who have not worked in an Agile or Scrum for a significant period of time. I do not by any means cover everything it means to be an Agile BA, but rather focus on the elements of good stories, including writing Acceptance Criteria in a Given – When – Then format. This latter section should provide some value for anyone not already involved in the format. Unfortunately, with only an hour, I include enough content to push out interactive activities.

In August I coined the term Behavior Based Requirements to describe Given-When-Then and some of the related concepts to BAs. If this is your first introduction to this format for capturing and communicating value, you can find much more information on my resource page here.

As usual, I am posting a version of the slide deck here for attendees who want to view a copy of the slides. I typically shift the slide order just a tad to make more sense for reading at your desk. This slide deck includes references and mentions the mighty shoulders I stand upon when presenting.