The Lean Business Analysis Manifesto explained

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29 March 2016 • Written by Sian Hoskins

InfoQ recently published an article written by Principal Consultant David Morris called 'The Lean Business Analysis Manifesto Explained'. InfoQ's Shane Hastie commissioned the article after hearing Luke Johnstone's presentation at AgileNZ Conference last September where the Lean Business Analysis Manifesto was first announced.

We developed the Lean Business Analysis Manifesto to guide behaviour when conducting Business Analysis, creating it out of our experience as BA's working on Agile Transformations and projects where there was a need to work at speed, with a minimum of waste. 

In InfoQ, David explains the Lean Business Analysis Manifesto in detail...

"In an age of digital disruption, when new start-ups are challenging incumbent market leaders from unexpected angles, when consumers and citizens are expecting more control over decisions that affect them, when the pace of change is still increasing, when we have to do more, with less, and faster ... we no longer have business as usual, so why would we do business analysis as usual?

When corporates, family businesses, and government bodies are progressively exploring new ways to do new things, why then are so many still applying traditional thinking and traditional approaches to the way they implement those changes?

Software development projects have gone through some serious remodelling, creating patterns of self-organising teams that build robust products incrementally and iteratively, getting fast feedback from customers to inform ongoing work.

Against this backdrop, why then does project management and business analysis still apply a planned sequential pattern of thinking to projects that require adaptive, divergent, and exploratory approaches?

Responding to this, in late 2015, Assurity’s Luke Johnstone announced the Lean Business Analysis Manifesto at the AgileNZ Conference, followed by me presenting this at the BA Development Day. The engaged discussion at those conferences led to sufficient ongoing interest to prompt an article explaining these ideas."

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