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Monday, August 5 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Beyond Requirements Dictator: How Agile Helped A Business Analyst Discover Her Real Value (Diane Zajac-Woodie) FILLING

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When I started as a Business Analyst, I would obsess over every task that I learned. I submitted in depth requirement plans, created detailed meeting minutes, and clearly documented complex requirements. I was new to IT and I thought these tasks were a reflection of my value to the organization.

After a few years, I was placed on one of the few agile teams at my large company. Our first agile coach started challenging our team’s assumptions and teaching us a different approach to our work. It was exciting to me, but equally unsettling as I began to question my own worth. If no one needed my checklists and documentation, then what was I supposed to do?

Then I realized that *my value is not in the tasks that I do*.

In this session, I will share my journey of discovering how to provide real value as a business analyst on an agile team. For those BA’s struggling with how they fit into this new world, I will provide practical ideas for redefining the role of a business analyst as more than a requirements dictator. I will close by illustrating how BA’s, as well as the rest of the team, can reap the benefits of broadening their roles and striving to become generalizing specialists.

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Diane Zajac-Woodie

Agent of Change, Green Jeans Consulting
http://www.greenjeansconsulting.com/ http://agilesquirrel.blogspot.com/

Monday August 5, 2013 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Canal B