Jimmy thinks

We spend a lot of time doing, and thinking about business analysis. And sometimes we write down what we think! Here’s what we’ve been thinking about lately.

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On the meaning of "required"

Requirements are the thing we do as business analysts—they are really the only constant “output” expected from us.

And yet, I’ve been wondering if we’re focusing on the right things when we do them …

Ten learnings from ten years as an agile business analyst!

The realities of business analysis when you’re on the ground in an agile team feel quite different than the theory you read about. Here are my top ten learnings from boots-on-the-ground business analysis!

Analyse, Connect, Do!

Good outcomes are created by taking a iterative, people-centric approach, to getting the right things done.

Having a map helps!

The Jimmy book club!

If Jimmy ran a book club, this would be the reading list! The books on this list are those that have influenced, inspired, and/or challenged my BA work the most. It’s a varied list, which makes sense because the business analyst role is itself varied.

After all, the easiest way to keep learning is to keep reading

Down the systems thinking rabbit hole!

The performance of any system is more about how the different parts work together, then it is about how one part performs.

If true, to positively effect the system, we need to understand how business analysts impact it.

BA as team infrastructure!

Infrastructure is the things in the background that make things work like plumbing, roading systems, or traffic lights. And infrastructure for teams? Information!

The missing business analysts!

Business analysts are great and do rather a lot of helpful things!

Yet, for some reason BAs are usually relegated to lower-tier positions within organisations and on projects, and I’ve been doing some thinking on why that is…

The un-Jimmy methods!

There are many techniques and tools that can help you to be more BAweome™. Here’re my guide to some of the best resources online—tools and techniques that I use regularly and rate highly, but which don’t make appearances as a Jimmy Methods.

I think of them as the Un-Jimmy Methods!