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PM Footprints : True Business Analysis for Agile Projects


Ravi Bommakanti
Founder, Chief Consultant, Chief Instructor
BBITS Consulting
Date: 25-Feb-2016

Time: 6.30 PM to 8.00 PM 

Royal Orchid Central Hotel, 
47/1, Manipal Center,
Dickenson Road, Bangalore 
Profile of Speaker
Ravi Bommakanti

Ravi Bommakanti has the rare combination of hands-on experience in both business AND technology. He saw both sides of the world, having worked in large organizations and in IT service providers. In addition, he lived and worked in the US, Australia, Europe and India to develop wide-ranging global experience. He worked in varied roles - hands-on business analyst, programmer, design lead, Head of a Business Analysis Center of Excellence and Head of a Global Delivery Center delivering an average of 200 projects yearly.

This rare combination and global experience have given him unique insights and an end-to-end view of projects all the way from a business sponsor to a programmer. He used these unique insights to win new customers for IT providers by demonstrating upstream business project capability. For companies, this rare blend helped him deliver upstream business projects faster and better.
Topic Description
Agile approaches are useful, but need specific prerequisites for success in complex business initiatives.
Large business projects tend to involve more of core business processes, fundamental and strategic needs and tend to be cross-functional. In addition, involvement of many external stakeholders makes such business projects complex. These complex projects require a lot of higher order skills of business analysis including deep expertise, ability to help business sponsors with key decisions about impact, scope, risks, degree of change involved and a through analysis of affected business processes. Such higher order skills and decisions should result in clear phase-wise deployment plan for the business project along with associated business requirements for each phase. This presentation discusses the approach and shares insights for success in Agile projects.  It highlights 3 critical steps for the success of an Agile project and also dispels misconceptions about business analysis in Agile projects.
Expected Take-away
For project managers:
1) A clear understanding of the factors that lead to successful Agile projects.
2) A better assessment of scope, risks in an Agile project
For Business Analysts:
1) A clear understanding of how to be effective before and during an Agile project.
2) Three essential steps that will lead to success in Agile projects.
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