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Originally published in BA Times on January 18, 2016. Each year, since 2009, we have enjoyed reflecting on what’s happened the previous year in the areas of business analysis and project management (including Agile), and making predictions for the upcoming year. … Continue reading


Angela Johnson, Certified Scrum Trainer and Coach asks, “What’s all the fuss about scaling Agile and Scrum”?  Is it just me or has the word “scaling” become a buzz word in the Agile community in the last 5 years? Thinking … Continue reading


It’s that time again – the New Year, when we look back at the past year and think about what we’d like to change in the coming year, much like retrospectives. This act of looking back happens much more frequently … Continue reading


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Auburn University has been Watermark Learning’s academic partner since 2004, providing endorsement for our certificate programs in Business Analysis, Project Management, Business Process Management, and Agile. We currently offer the following certificate programs: Associate Certificate in Business Analysis Masters Certificate … Continue reading


Earlier versions of Scrum described prioritizing the Product Backlog based on development priority, but the current Scrum Guide just says that it is ordered in order to “best achieve goals and missions” (Scrum Guide, July 2013). Ordering the backlog is the … Continue reading


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The sun is sinking lower in the sky as you walk to your car after a long day at Bigshot Games, a producer of video slot machine software located just outside of Las Vegas, NV.  As you watch the sun … Continue reading


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In mid-September, Mike Stuedemann, Certified Scrum Trainer and Agile Coach, hosted a webinar entitled, “Why Should the Business Care About Agile?” To listen to the webinar, please click here. While a number of questions were addressed during the webinar, the … Continue reading


“Ready” is a Scrum concept that applies to making sure that the Team has enough information about user stories to be able to implement them in an upcoming sprint. Roman Pilcher says that a “ready” story should be clear, feasible, … Continue reading


The Benefits of Short Iterations, or Why Time is Like Closet Space I’ve always used the maxim that time is like closet space – the more you have, the more you fill it up with stuff! (I recently moved to … Continue reading


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Agile, as a philosophy, has “crossed the chasm” as organizations seek to respond to dynamic market conditions and fickle, quality-focused customers. While every organization has certainly explored Agile methods to some extent, many continue to struggle with their application and … Continue reading