Going beyond ‘what success looks like’

#BASummit14: I was lucky enough to be asked to take part in this years BA Summit by Penny Pullan of Making Projects Work Ltd. To hear my talk on this topic you check out my SoundCloud. Over the past couple of years I have seen a growing trend in BAs and product teams striving to define what ‘success looks like’. It’s comes from a desire within the business to understand how we’ll know when we’ve achieved what we set out … Continue reading

Senior Business Analyst: Laterooms.com

So I’ve not had chance to update my blog recently. A lot has changed in the months that I’ve been away… Earlier in October I took up a new and exciting role at Laterooms.com, the UK’s leading hotel booking company. It’s an exciting role for a number of reasons: I’ll be joining a team of 10 other great BAs, so expect more posts and maybe even some collaborations It allows be to focus on a single product, or at least … Continue reading

Agile Estimating: What’s the point(s)?

Recently I gave a presentation on Agile Estimation, as based on some of the material cover in the course I attended. While I can not take credit for the materials, or the activities, I was keen to write about them as I believe my own perspective could be of benefit to others who find themselves in a similar situation. Estimation is something that every team does, but approaches vary wildly. Commonly developers will estimate in hours based on their feel … Continue reading

Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO)

Last month I attended a fantastic course to become a Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) with the legendary Mike Cohn. What are Product Owners? To quote the Scrum Alliance: “Certified Scrum Product Owners® have been taught the Scrum terminology, practices, and principles that enable them to fulfill the role of Product Owner on a Scrum team. CSPOs are typically the individuals who are closest to the “business side” of the project. They are charged by the organization to “get the … Continue reading

Developing an MVP that your users will love

Last week I was lucky enough to present again at Camp Digital, a two-day event run by Sigma UK full of inspirational seminars and workshops discussing user experience, exploring key trends in our industry and connecting people in our community. It’s the second year that I’ve been invited to speak, after my presentation last year on Rapid Prototyping. Synopsis Minimum Viable Product (MVP) is a key lean startup concept popularised by Eric Ries to maximise validated learning for the least … Continue reading

Using Analytics to Design for Devices

In my last post I discussed designing for Mobile First. But before you can start designing for mobile, it’s a good idea to have an understanding of how users are using mobiles and tablets to interact with your website and consume your content. Although it is true that overall mobile and tablet usage is on the rise, different industries are seeing different usage of these device. Using this Dashboard Junkie dashboard as a base, I was able to create a … Continue reading

Axure goes Mobile First

I’ve been playing with some of the latest Axure 7 features recently and one of my favourites is the new Adaptive Views feature. Adaptive Views define the breakpoints where you want your pages to switch to a different layout or style. This allows you to prototype in a way that forces you to consider your mobile and tablet experience. Former Yahoo! design architect Luke Wroblewski, coined the expression Mobile First to describe the process of designing websites and other software … Continue reading

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