Date: 30 Jan 2019
Where: London

Agile & Business Analysis - making projects work

More and more organisations are adopting Agile techniques and approaches. Agile adoption brings about changes to processes, approaches and roles, and some BAs can be left wondering where they fit into this new world. Lynda will discuss what it means to be an Agile BA and how as an Agile BA you can bring value to your organisation through having the right mindset and a comprehensive toolkit. 

In the talk Lynda will discuss:

•             What is an Agile BA?

•             Lean, system and service thinking

•             Shortening the loop from requirement to delivery

•             How Agile business analysts add value and contribute to development teams



Lynda Girvan has over 25 years' experience in business and systems development as a consultant, professional trainer and practitioner in both the public and private sector. She has extensive experience of adding value to organizations at a variety of levels including coaching agile development teams or helping board level change projects. Lynda’s particular strength is applying business analysis and agile techniques together to help organization overcome challenging business problems. Lynda is the co-author of the book ‘Agile and business analysis’ which was published by the BCS, Chartered Institute for IT in Feb 2017. Lynda currently works for CMC Partnership (UK) Ltd where she is Head of Profession for Business Analysis as well as their Lead Agile BA. Lynda has delivered numerous presentations and key notes to European and international audiences covering subjects on business analysis, agile and business change.



Leading from the Middle - Influencing & Delivery in Tricky Projects

There are many techniques that we can draw on to analyse, specify and design new innovative business solutions.  Yet too often change fails.  It is oh-so-easy to deliver everything we were asked to deliver, only to find out that the situation was far more complex than we thought.  In many cases the people aspects of change are the hardest, and we draw intuitively on our ‘softer’ interpersonal skills.   We “lead from the middle” and influence without authority. We need to be able to 'read' the situation before (and as) we engage with it.

In this presentation, we explore some practical techniques for working with stakeholders in tricky, political, and conflict-laden situations.  You’ll hear:

  • Practical techniques for stakeholder analysis and engagement
  • Techniques for considering different stakeholders’ perspectives
  • Techniques that can be used to show the complexity in project situations
  • How to survive—and even thrive—in highly political cultures!



Adrian Reed is a true advocate of the analysis profession. In his day job, he acts as Principal Consultant and Director at Blackmetric Business Solutions where he provides business analysis consultancy and training solutions to a range of clients in varying industries. He is a Past President of the UK chapter of the IIBA® and he speaks internationally on topics relating to business analysis and business change.  Adrian wrote the 2016 book ‘Be a Great Problem Solver… Now’ and the 2018 book ‘Business Analyst’

You can read Adrian’s blog at and follow him on Twitter at




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