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The Ultimate Agile BA technique (Epic Battle, Fight!)

At this month's Agile BA meetup we share our favourite techniques and search for the ultimate technique - that's right; the one method to rule them all!

Approach

We will do this via a game. Teams will form and share their favourite techniques and methods, with examples of where they have been successful.

Teams will then pair off against other teams and present their favourite methods and challenge the other team with counter examples or questions. The rest of the room vote on the winner. We repeat this in a series of four to five rounds until a winner is found.

Along the way we hear lots of examples of where analysts have deployed successful techniques and hear what situations they may not work in as well.

Learning Objectives

This is a fun interactive way to review a broad range of methods and techniques, to talk about them, and hear stories of when they have been successful in the field.

You bring

Your variety of experiences, an inquisitive mind and a pen and paper. Post it notes would also be good.

Audience level

All levels of experience are welcome. Diversity of the whole room is what is most important.

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  • Raju D.

    I watched the videos and enjoyed the experience. Thanks to all participants. I just wondered if it is more relevant to discuss a given context and the best suited technique for that context, rather than one technique vs another.

    August 10, 2012

    • Craig W B.

      Hi Raju - the game was just a vehicle for comparing and contrasting techniques. All have their own strengths and weaknesses. By talking about them we can take a more tool-kit based approach rather than a standard process approach, which limits the BA's ability to contribute value. Thanks for participating in the discussion.

      August 13, 2012

  • Craig W B.

    Team, I put the game upp on Tasty Cupcakes and if you liked last night's game I would appreciate your rating it there.
    http://tastycupcakes.org/2012/05/ultimate-battle/

    May 9, 2012

  • Craig W B.

    Thanks to Simon for helping me moderate as well.

    May 9, 2012

  • David S.

    Good to get away from the usual presentation style - this is more engaging

    May 9, 2012

  • Tam T.

    My first time. Good idea having the "no observers" rule. Meetups should all be like this i.e. interactive, with a game like atmosphere to throw ideas around. Thanks for organising.

    May 9, 2012

  • Dean B.

    I thought it was an interesting exercise with lots of different techniques discussed which mean different things to different people (including importance).

    May 9, 2012

  • Adnan

    Fantastic event. It was educational and interactive and I found it invigorating.

    May 9, 2012

  • Drew M.

    The fact that everyone participated in this is what made it work so well. I'll be interested to see how you're going to top this one Craig!

    May 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great event, my first one so now the bar is set high ;-)

    May 9, 2012

  • Chirag

    It was excellent meetup.
    Learning the BA techniques from many different perspective along with fun

    May 9, 2012

  • Kevin B.

    A great way to get people thinking quickly and engaging with each other

    May 9, 2012

  • Craig W B.

    I have posted the outcomes of the meetup on the discussion thread here; http://www.meetup.com/Agile-Business-Analysts-Melbourne/messages/boards/thread/22507212/#[masked]

    May 8, 2012

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