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Now It's Your Turn
Which of these 7 strategies was your favourite strategy? Which one did you find most surprising? And which one are you going to use in your next virtual project?
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Wow, the timing of this crash-course is just perfect. While I listened to your story, I immediately outlined exactly how I can apply this to my projects. I love the knowledge backlog. Thanks!
I love this! Super happy to see that you’re jumping right into action on this. 🙂
This is AH-MAZING!
Thank you, great resource!
Thank you, Kim!
I tried to request the pdf to be sent to my email. Unfortunately it’s not come through yet. Any help please? Thank you.
Hi John, I’m sorry about that. I’ve emailed you, so if you can get back to me we can figure out where it’s stuck.
Hi Joe, I have filled in the form but did not get the PDF. Appreciate your help
#Fairwarningshot. So simple but something I have not considered. Intro, plan and feedback, I really like this!
Glad you enjoyed the content, Gary!
It is a very easy thing to do – and can make such a difference. By simply sending an introductory message, with a heads-up to everything that’s coming, it can avoid many of the usual struggles.
(And the survey responses, give you a little leg-up before the start of the interviews.)
This is brilliant Joe! Thanks so much for this!
Thank you so much, Darshan! I’m really happy to hear that. 🙂
Cool video, enjoyed your presentation and the manner that you presented it in. Looking ever much the professional.
I’m sure people will benefit from this.
All the best.
Appreciate your words, Colin! Yes, there’s lots of ideas packed in there – I do hope it’s of value 🙂
Thank you so much for sharing this. I especially appreciated you sharing the key tools you use for running your virtual elicitation workshops – nice to know we can do it on a budget AND have a good experience and get results 🙂
I love the pragmatic advice and easy listening way that you deliver it.
In terms of the questions you asked:
1. My favourite – Almost shoemaker budget (we don’t need to get fancy….)
2. Most surprising – Lean requirements list during requirements discovery workshop
3. What am I most likely going to use – (that I’m not using now?) The Lean requirements list. Oh, and a few bits and pieces from all the other techniques that over time I’ve let slide….
Thanks again – and you didn’t try and sell anything in your video! Refreshing 🙂
Oh, and I will definitely share this with other BAs!
Thank you for your comment, Heather!
Yes, embrace the authentic, raw style of lean requirements. It can work in your favour. What doesn’t work is when we try and get too deep into analysis and documentation during the elicitation stage.
For workshops, yes we can make do with basic freemium tools – and our choice is whether to ‘make do’ or be smart (knowing the compromise usually impacts our quality, in some way).
And picking up on things we’ve let slide, I’m glad that message came across.
My video wasn’t created as a sales pitch (‘salesly’ isn’t me – though it’s sales that enable me to do this!), teaching is something I enjoy a lot and creating this video is a way for me to do more of that :).
Fantastic video! Could not have come at a better time!
Great tips – liked the idea of sending a survey ahead of the engagement and also the rapid requirements technique to keep engagement high.
Will definitely give these a try!
Thanks for sharing the knowledge!
Yay! I’m stoked that you got this, Inga.
The survey is such a win – just two quick questions, that’s all it takes. And from there, just keep the momentum going…
Thanks for this, very informative.
The electronic stickies to gather the initial requirements list is clever. When I started thinking how I’m going to do this virtually I thought electronic whiteboard and my Wacom Bamboo tables but the group discussion which I agree is the best way to get consensus I thought would be a problem. I thought of recording the session but I will definitely use your collection approach. Then letting each person explain their note is a far more controlled way.
The knowledge backlog is also very powerful. It just so happened this morning that I needed information on something we touched on in a 2015 project. I looked and found it. So never destroy your knowledge log.
The use of a shared session to see what someone is doing is also a good idea.
And you are right you don’t have to spend a fortune to get going.
Thank you very much, Johannes!
Facilitating the workshop is perhaps the most challenging step to do – but it’s worth investing the effort needed to get it right. For this video, I kept kit simple, but a Wacom Bamboo tablet is a wonderful tool to incorporate – just make sure it’s the right thing for the step you’re busy with.
And that’s amazing that you were able to reference past information so easily, it helps when we’re organised!
Fair warning Shot
I very much enjoyed your steps/video, Joe!
I am a bit confused about the initial short survey to stakeholders though if you wouldn’t mind clarifying.
If the project hasn’t been defined yet and we do not know yet what we will be “fixing”, wouldn’t these 3 questions confuse a stakeholder? Or perhaps, the questions are asked in general in relation to their team, ie: what are your team goals for the next year, what are the team pain points, and what would make life easier for your team. is that what you meant?
great video – a lot of information in a short 24 minutes ! I love the way you show how we can pivot our existing BA skills and techniques to perform virtual elicitation – my favourite is the “Almost shoemaker budget” showing what software tool a BA can use to allow for an efficient and effective workshop. Well done. I will definitely promote this talk to anyone interested in remote Business Analysis.
Is the workshop guide still available?
Hi. I’ve signed up to the mailing list but I can’t seem to see how to download the PDF guide. Can you help at all Joe? Thanks, Dawn