As I have worked on the ‘Agile Extension to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge‘ over the last year, I have repeatedly come across the assertion–by many agile practitioners–that we no longer need gate meetings on projects. From my experience in leading project governance this confused and concerned me, so I have looked into this and believe I have discovered why this perception has arisen, and more importantly have concluded that gates and governance are vital and need defending.
How can we be sure that the projects and activities in which we’re involved actually grow our organisations in the direction they need. The incremental adjustments towards an organisation’s goals are termed business value — and in order to understand this, how we can plan to improve it, and measure that we have — we must first define it.
This article reviews a conversation on business value, and ends with a recommended definition that covers most scenarios.