Monday | 12:00pm - 3:00pm | Track
Room: Diplomat 2

Pre-Conference Tutorial - Half Day

Accelerating Value with Agile Business Analysis


Speaker Photo: Ellen Gottesdiener

Ellen Gottesdiener

President / Principal, EBG Consulting, Inc.

Speaker Photo: Mary Gorman

Mary Gorman

Vice President, Quality and Design, EBG Consulting, Inc.




    Agile business analysis is essential to establish and maintain “flow” for continuous planning and delivery. In this workshop, you see how successful agile teams quickly analyze and decide which product backlog items to build throughout agile projects.  In this workshop, you’ll learn how effective agile projects leverage business analysis to deliver business value efficiently.

    You’ll explore how to collaboratively analyze agile requirements and make just-in-time decisions on what to deliver next. Learn how agile teams plan and analyze product backlog items to prepare concise, well-understood testable requirements for development in short delivery cycles. Join agile coaches, authors, and requirements experts—Ellen Gottesdiener and Mary Gorman—to learn effective practices that enable agile teams plan and deliver value faster.

    • Describe how business analysis facilitates delivering business value on agile projects
    • Recognize how acceptance criteria are used to elicit and validate requirements
    • Experience how analysis is essential to prepare requirements for agile delivery cycles.


    Ellen Gottesdiener is a pioneer in the use of collaborative practices for product discovery, emphasizing the convergence of agile + requirements + product management. She offers leadership, techniques, tools, and training to you for engaging your product community in ways that excite, invite, and produce valuable outcomes and happy teams.

    Ellen is a world-renowned writer, speaker, and trainer with a keen focus on improving agile product ownership. Ellen is a key contributor to the business analysis profession across the IIBA® and PMI® communities, serving as expert reviewer and contributor of both communities’ business analysis, agile business analysis, and requirements knowledge and role delineation works.

    Ellen is CEO and founder of EBG Consulting, whose professional practice helps organizations adapt how they collaborate to improve business outcomes. Her most recent book, co-authored with Mary Gorman, is Discover to Deliver: Agile Product Planning and Analysis. She also authored two more acclaimed books: Requirements by Collaboration and The Software Requirements Memory Jogger.

    Mary Gorman, a leader in business analysis and requirements, is Vice President of Quality & Delivery at EBG Consulting. Mary coaches product teams, facilitates discovery workshops, and trains stakeholders in collaborative practices essential for defining high-value products. She speaks and writes for the agile, business analysis, and project management communities. Mary is co-author with Ellen Gottesdiener of Discover to Deliver: Agile Product Planning and Analysis.

    A Certified Business Analysis Professional™, Mary helped develop the IIBA®’s A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® v2.0 and the first CBAP certification exam.  She also served on the task force that created the PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)® Examination Content Outline.

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