The Practical Guide to Agile Planning and Analysis

Howard Podeswa

The Practical Guide to Agile Planning and Analysis

By Howard Podeswa
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Agile projects require extensive direct communication between developers and the business. This means they depend more than ever on individuals who can structure those conversations for maximum benefit, and apply appropriate business analysis techniques wherever these offer value. Whatever your title or project role, this guide will help you perform these crucial tasks.

Howard Podeswa walks you through an integrated case study project from inception through to completion, offering detailed, step-by-step guidance for performing analysis across the entire agile lifecycle. You'll learn which tools to use, when to use them, how to "stage" agile analysis, and how to adapt analysis for agile projects while protecting the chain from business needs to solutions.

You'll learn how to engage more productively with the business by applying a wide range of analysis tools, including use cases, user stories, Business Process Modeling (BPM), decision tables, traceability matrices, and structural modeling. Podeswa shows how to write effective acceptance criteria for agile projects using the powerful BDD (Behavior-Driven Development) Given/When/Then template. He covers analysis for release plan preparation, sprints, backlog management, and retrospectives; and offers a full chapter of guidance on scaling analysis for large agile projects.

Table of contents
  • Chapter 1: An Introduction to Agile Business Analysis
  • Chapter 2: Agile Business Analysis Fundamentals
  • Chapter 3: Overview of Business Analysis Over the Agile Development Lifecycle
  • Chapter 4: Preparing the Organization
  • Chapter 5: Preparing the Process
  • Chapter 6: Product Visioning
  • Chapter 7: The Product Roadmap
  • Chapter 8: Release/PI Preparation
  • Chapter 9: Release Planning
  • Chapter 10: Creating the Story Map and MVP
  • Chapter 11: Preparing Stories
  • Chapter 12: Iteration Planning
  • Chapter 13: Analysis During the Iteration
  • Chapter 14: Hardening Activities
  • Chapter 15: Scaling Agility
  • Chapter 16: Enterprise Agility