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In Defence of Gates

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[…]

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New Zealand leads the world in Certified Business Analysis Professionals

According to the latest figures published by International Institute for Business Analysis (IIBA) for the Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) — New Zealand has the highest per capita CBAPs in the world (5.93 per million population) and is ranked fourth of 33 countries in total numbers.

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Agile Extension to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge: released for review

At the Agile2010 conference in Orlando the International Institute for Business Analysis (IIBA) released a draft of the Agile Extension to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK) — introducing how business analysis on agile projects changes from traditional/waterfall approaches.

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Adding business value – focus on delivering what our organisations really need

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.

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Five insights into product innovation from the Air New Zealand Skycouch

In a groundbreaking development, Air New Zealand are building on their success as Airline of the Year 2009 by lifting their long-haul economy-class experience above the chase for cheapest price. Learn how they took the best in user experience and usability testing, combined with good agile working practices, to drive the New Zealand spirit of innovation to another world first — lie-flat beds in economy.