Congratulations to our own Aaron Whittenberger on obtaining his Certified Scrum Product Owner® (CSPO®) certification from the Scrum Alliance. Aaron said he became interested in the CSPO certification because of so much talk around agile methodologies and how the Business Analyst works in the agile environment over these past few years.
Scrum, being the most widely used of the agile approaches, was the naturally methodology for Aaron to study when his interest in agile was peaked. Aaron understood the scrum framework at a high level and knew that there is no business analyst on the scrum team. The scrum team is a self-organized, cross-functional team empowered to deliver incrementally improved product through sprints of four weeks or less. There are two additional roles that work directly with the scrum team, the Scrum Master and the Product Owner. Both are there to support the scrum team and make them as productive as possible. So where does the Business Analyst fit in this environment?
Aaron felt that the business analysis skill set works tremendously well with creating and grooming a product backlog. Understanding business need, clarifying and communicating requirements are skills needed to work with a product backlog. The Product Owner is responsible for the product backlog and therefore need these skills.Working on the product backlog is not the only place that business analysis skills are needed. As mentioned earlier, the scrum team is a cross-functional team. All the skills needed to deliver product increments should be present on the team. This includes architecture, business analysis, database management, development and testing skills. What skills are not present on the team must be delivered by shared resources from the organization so that product increments can be delivered. Although there are not titles on the scrum team, and you are not likely to have a team member that does only business analysis. One or more members of the scrum team need to have business analysis skills, but may also provide architecture, testing or development skills.
Aaron was able to take a two-day Certified Scrum Product Owner training course provided by the Scrum Alliance and hosted by KEP Training in Louisville, Kentucky. The class was taught by Certified Scrum Trainer, Chet Hendrickson, the Founding Father of Agile. This training gave Aaron a greater understanding of the framework, activities, events and artifacts of scrum. He highly recommends any business analyst that wishes to transition to the agile environment to take this training.
KEP Training is an education provider in Louisville, Kentucky; providing training in agile, cyber security, process management and VMware. CEO, Anna Kepshire says they are looking into providing training for business analysis. KEP Training organizes and hosts the premier Agile conference in Louisville, the Derby City Agile Conference; which will be on June 15th this year.
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