Did Agile kill the Business Analyst Star?

Where have all the business analysts gone? Agile seems to have placed less emphasis on having a formal business analyst role. Teams end up looking to product owners and developers to analyze and gather requirements. But that can lead to some frustrations and potentially slow your velocity. Is it time to formalize the business analyst role on an Agile team?

Is it me or a toxic teammate?

Yesterday wasn't a good day. I work on a small "team". We don't really interact as a team ought to. We end up working in silos because that is the path of least resistance. We lack any cross training, change control process, and basic communication. One developer deployed code into production without informing anyone. It... Continue Reading →

Looking for a…platypus?

Everyone understands the phrase “looking for a unicorn.” Are you that BI engineer with great people skills? “You’re a unicorn!” Are you a data scientist with a talent for visualization? “You’re a unicorn!” But everyone’s really looking for a platypus, that odd combination of duck, beaver, and otter. While looking for a new position last... Continue Reading →

Interview with Dave Doyle, City of Seattle’s former Open Data Manager

City governments have accumulated enormous amounts of data, and up until the last decade, accessing it was a challenge, even for those working in city governments. With more information going digital, many cities now share datasets publicly. The potential civic benefits are huge: greater government transparency and trust, better-informed decision-making, large-scale efficiencies, and more.  Seattle... Continue Reading →

We’ve come a long way and …

My 16 year old daughter recently participated in the Western Aerospace Scholars (WAS) sophomore program. She spent 3 days researching, learning and designing a rover for a robotic mission to Mars. What fun! I was curious about the demographics of her co-participants, specifically, how many other young ladies were participating in the program. Reason for my curiosity;... Continue Reading →

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