Kupe Kupersmith has a bunch of experience in business analysis in traditional and Agile environments, and he still hears from time to time, “We don’t do business analysis, we do Agile.” But Agile needs BAs too. Documentation is a huge part of the BA’s contribution, for which Agile prescribes a less heavy-handed approach. Sometimes a photo of a whiteboard with the rough ideas sketched out is enough documentation. Meanwhile, some developers won’t work on new requirements without the requisite documentation, but only as a way of deflecting blame for a defect — because “that’s what the document said.” Kupe advocates for the team to think like a team: “If we fail, we fail together.”
SolutionsIQ’s Leslie Morse hosts at Southern Fried Agile 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.