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Software Process and Measurement Cast

The Software Process and Measurement Cast provides a forum to explore the varied world of software process improvement and measurement.  The SPaMCast covers topics that deal the challenges how work is done in information technology organizations as they grow and evolve.  The show combines commentaries, interviews and your feedback to serve up ideas, options, opinions, advice and even occasionally facts. 


Feb 23, 2014

Check out Software Process and Measurement Cast 278. SPaMCAST 278 features our interview with Diane Zajac-Woodie discussing the role of the business analyst (BA) in Agile.  Scrum is mute on the topic of the BA, does that that mean the BAs should pack their bags and look for re-training options?  Single word answer, no. The BA role is an important driver of facilitation and communication.  Diane clearly lays out not only what the BA should be doing in an Agile project but what is possible with a little facilitation.

Diane Zajac-Woodie (also known as @agilesquirrel on Twitter – explained in the podcast) has spent the last six years redefining the business analyst role as more than a requirements dictator. Through open and honest conversations, Diane guides her business partners toward creative solutions that solve problems and eliminate waste. She shares this same approach with her technical teams, facilitating communication, cooperation, and continuous learning to ensure success. Diane craves knowledge almost as much as chocolate and would make question-asking an Olympic sport. Her recent passion is to free those mired in the status quo even if she has to pull them out one at a time. Diane’s alter ego makes her thoughts transparent on her blog, 

Diane is currently a co-chair for the Collaboration, Culture and Teams track for Agile2014.  She is giving her BA talk at Agile and Beyond 2014 in February and will be speaking at the Agile Development Conference West in June. 

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Next week we will feature our essay on Agile and risk.  Risk or risk management and Agile are topics that many might think of as an oxymoron when combined.  However in the SPaMCAST 279 we will show how Agile Risk Management can be used to improve the value projects deliver!

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