Agile and Business Analysis: an essential collaboration

Joint event with BCS Business Change Specialist Group and BCS Agile Methods Specialist Group.

Tuesday 18 July 2017

6.00pm - 9.00pm
Registration from 6.00pm, start of the event 6.30pm.

BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA | Maps

Free to attend for both BCS Members and non-members

Lynda Girvan, Debra Paul and Peter Thompson


The ability to analyse business needs is an essential skill if we are to ensure that organisations focus their resources and investment funds on solving the root causes of problems.

Business analysis skills are often overlooked when applying agile approaches yet a lack of business analysis can lead to unforeseen consequences during the development and deployment of business changes and software solutions.

Lynda and Debra discuss their new book Agile and Business Analysis and explain why business analysis is relevant on all types of information systems projects.

The discussion closes with a panel session with Lynda, Debra and Peter Thompson.

About the Speakers

Lynda Girvan is a principal consultant and trainer for Assist Knowledge Development (AssistKD). Lynda has over 25 years’ experience in business analysis, agile development, agile coaching and transformational change programmes across both public and private sectors. Lynda developed and leads the agile business analysis training portfolio for AssistKD and was a key contributor during the creation and development of the Advanced Diploma in Business Analysis. Lynda is a co-author of the BCS publication Agile and Business Analysis (2017) and Developing Information Systems (2014) and has spoken at European and international conferences on these subjects. Lynda is a full Member (MBCS) of BCS, and is an oral examiner for the BCS’s International Diplomas in Business Analysis.

Debra Paul is the managing director of Assist Knowledge Development. Debra has worked in business analysis and business change for over 30 years and has experience in a range of sectors and organisations. Debra is the editor and co-author of the best-selling BCS publication, Business Analysis (2014), and co-author of Business Analysis Techniques (2014), The Human Touch (2012), and Agile and Business Analysis (2017). Debra has extensive knowledge and expertise of BA frameworks, techniques and best practices, and has spoken at numerous conferences and seminars on this subject. She was the chief architect for the Advanced Diploma in Business Analysis and is the BCS Chief Examiner for Business Analysis. Debra is a Chartered Fellow of BCS and a founder member of the BA Manager Forum.

Peter Thompson has over 25 years’ experience as a software development practitioner and information systems consultant, covering all aspects of the systems development lifecycle. Formerly managing director of an independent software house and systems development manager for the UK’s largest independent recruitment agency, Peter is now a practising information systems consultant, specialising in the pragmatic application of best practice methods, and standards. Peter advises BCS on its professional qualifications in business analysis, solution development and architecture and combines this with a busy training schedule. Peter is a Fellow member of BCS, an oral examiner for the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis and Chief Examiner for the BCS International Diploma in Solution Development. Peter is a co-author of the BCS publication, Developing Information Systems (2014).


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