The Agile Alliance and the International Institute of Business Analysis have announced a Memorandum of Understanding that outlines their collaboration on the development of value-add publications, events and engagements for the benefit of the practitioner community and the broader business analysis and corporate community. The proliferation and evolution of Agile techniques and approaches is rapidly reshaping the place and the role of business analysis professionals. This new collaboration will provide opportunities to advance how business analysis contributes to the success of projects using Agile approaches. Agile business analysis is about increasing the delivery of business value to the stakeholders. “The goal of this strategic alliance is to support BA practitioners and their organizations utilizing Agile approaches in being more efficient and delivering better results more effectively,” says Stephen Ashworth, President and CEO of IIBA. “Working together, IIBA and Agile Alliance will further explore the integration of business analysis practices with Agile approaches, share ideas and seek opportunities to support the evolution of Agile business analysis through industry events, joint research and white paper development initiatives.” An important initiative of this new collaboration is the development and publication of a revised edition of the Agile Extension to the BABOK® Guide, which was first published in 2013. The revised edition will provide guidance and insight on the effective practice of business analysis in an Agile context both at the practitioner level and enterprise level. The revised extension will include new techniques and approaches and will involve the engagement of volunteer subject matter [...]
Amadeus Consulting has announced the availability of its process tool, ID-GEM for Agile development projects. ID-GEM is a framework that enables organizations to align business value objectives early in the application development process, avoiding the “planning gap” that occurs when development teams jump straight into the “features and functions” phase of development. ID-GEM helps reduce software project failure rates by addressing the need for better front-end planning. Amadeus offers ID-GEM at no charge as a way to give back to the community. Regardless of the development methods used, a project’s business value needs to be determined before assigning sprint tasks. Rather than spending time on the front-end – planning out the entire project, Agile development teams can use ID-GEM to work with business stakeholders to ensure the final output meets the business requirements before initiating the sprint process for developing features and functions. ID-GEM is available now at no charge through a “Process-as-a-Service” model from a hosted web service. The service is initiated via a short questionnaire that matches ID-GEM process guidelines with organizational objectives, values and application-type characteristics. Once the questionnaire is completed, a customized PDF of the ID-GEM Framework is created and delivered to the end-user. ID-GEM then serves as a repeatable process for organizations to use in each and every software project planning process.
Incrementor has released Agile Nomad, a new cloud-based iPad application to increase collaboration and effective communication among agile project team members using approaches like like Scrum, XP or Kanban. Agile Nomads can easily adapt to various project situations and this mobile app is designed to allow them to think, capture and process material in highly flexible ways. For example, project teams can share their content in a traditional, text-based approach, but also via voice recording, images and video recording. The hardware capabilities of a mobile device are highly integrated with this iOS app. Team members can dictate requirements or attach images they took during workshops or meetings without any typing. Because the material is captured in the cloud, they become available to the rest of the team right away. Version 1.0 of the Agile Nomad is now available in the Apple AppStore as a monthly subscription service of $8.99 and $89.90 yearly.
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