Business Analyst in Large Scale Scrum

Over the last weeks I've been working on a paper about the role of a Business Analysts within Large Scale Scrum, and I thought I'd write a little post on it too, here it goes.

On the website of the IIBA you can find their definition of a Business Analyst.

a liaison among stakeholders in order to understand the structure, policies, and operations of an organization, and to recommend solutions that enable the organization to achieve its goals

In a Large Scale Scrum organization this definition often results in Business Analysts working as a liaison between stakeholder and the teams. And this liaison role turns out not to be very effective at scale.

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Do not provide the answer before knowing the question

I was talking to a company that is implementing the Spotify model and needed some help. They wanted to know the difference between LeSS and their Spotify model. We first discussed what LeSS is. I told them that LeSS is an organisational design that optimises for shortest lead time, flexibility and learning. What single team Scrum does for a 1 team, LeSS does for whole development organisations.

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100% tested and yet failed 100%

In response to my blog about the World Cup software testing, I was interviewed by a journalist from the Stentor in late December. Her final question was: How do you recognize a good software tester? I realized this was quite a difficult question to answer. The reason for this is that software is complex and does not resemble any other software. A good testing method for one app does not necessarily make sense for another. Best practices are therefore not recommended. Due to its complexity, there is (almost) never a cause-and-effect relationship. How do you prevent a product from failing when it is tested extensively?

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How I became world champion software testing with the “Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters”

Together with Rob, Gerard and Klaas, I can call myself the world’s best software tester for the next two years. We became world champion at the

Software Testing World Cup in Berlin on the eve of Sinterklaas. And yes, I’m quite proud of that. As a coach, I tell others how to best test software in my daily job. But who am I? Being able to answer that question with “the World champion software tester”, was for a long time my motivation for winning that title. Well, now I succeeded and I’ll tell you how I got there.  

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Designing the LeSS Conference

The first ever LeSS conference was held in Amsterdam on August 30 and 31. An amazing 186 participants from Australia, Japan, the USA, Finland, Singapore, Switzerland and many more joined us for 2 days of sharing, learning and self-management. 

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