What is AgileBA?
Agile Business Analyst (AgileBA) certification was developed by APMG International in partnership with the Agile Business Consortium to teach the skills needed to become a proficient agile business analyst.
The Agile Business Analyst
Traditionally, the business analyst role on projects involved studying the business needs of an organisation and devising solutions to business problems.
Business analysts operate at different levels within the organisation. They can be involved at the strategic level as a business architect, developing vision, mission, and objectives. They may also be involved at the tactical level by helping to define programmes of work where solution development projects take place.
Often, a business analyst is involved in:
- Strategic analysis
- Business capability modelling
- Process and value stream mapping
- Skills and competency mapping
- Process re-engineering
- Data definition
- Stakeholder liaison
- Requirements engineering
- Defining cost-effective business solutions.
Introducing an Agile approach has a big impact on the business analyst role, including their skills and ways of working. Whilst existing skills are still valuable, new skills and methods are required to harness the benefits of agile ways of working, including:
- Collaborative working with the customer
- Incremental delivery or value early
- Accepting that not everything can be understood at the beginning, but can be understood as work progresses
- Defining details only when it is required
- Empowering people to make decisions at the right level.
AgileBA training courses are based on the AgileBA Handbook, published by the Agile Business Consortium – an independent professional body dedicated to advancing business agility through a defined set of professional standards and practices.
The Agile Business Consortium was created in 1994 to create new, innovative agile practices and was one of the driving forces behind the growing popularity of agile methods.
Through their long-term partnership with APMG, the Consortium has certified over 150,000 agile practitioners around the globe in DSDM, AgilePM®️, AgilePgM®️, AgileBA®️, AgilePfM, and AgileDS™ certifications and is one of the leading names in Agile certification.
Benefits of applying AgileBA guidance
Agile Business Analyst (AgileBA) provides organisations with a standard approach to executing agile projects, because the approach is aligned with AgilePM and AgilePgM.
Implementation of the Agile Business Analyst guidance provides these advantages:
- Provides both Agile and traditional project managers (who often also have business analysis responsibilities) and Scrum developers with an understanding of the agile business analyst role in addition to educating them about Agile techniques
- On Scrum teams, AgileBA fills the gap of lacking a business analyst perspective because there is no defined BA role for Scrum developers
- Scrum Product Owners will benefit from the Agile development skills delivered during an AgileBA course.
Agile Business Analyst guidance and training provides agile business analysts with the tools they need to adopt an Agile approach.
Agile Business Analyst guidance gives advice on focus and value-delivery and guidance on working with business stakeholders, developers, testers and outlines the skills needed to deliver solutions incrementally.
Agile Business Analyst guidance equips business analysts with techniques to incorporate Agile approaches into a programme and to align change with organizational objectives.