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Dave Saboe, CBAP, PMP, CSM | Certified Business Analysis Professional | Agile Coach
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March 19, 2020
MBA208: Facilitative Leadership
Author Michael Levine helps us unleash the power of large, diverse groups of smart, experienced individuals to deliver positive business results.
March 4, 2020
MBA207: Bad Behaviors in the Workplace
Paul Pelletier helps us to understand the root causes of disrespectful behaviors at work and how to address them.
February 21, 2020
MBA206: Succeeding with Analytics
Jim Rushton helps us to understand why 80% of analytics projects fail and what you can do to make sure yours succeeds.
February 12, 2020
Lightning Cast: BA Goals Revisited
Building on last year's episode about BA performance goals, we discuss how to choose the right goals and achieve them.
February 5, 2020
MBA205: Beyond Data Literacy
Lori Silverman helps us get real value from data by developing core competence and creating the culture needed to support collaborative data-informed decision making.
January 21, 2020
MBA204: Top Skills for 2020
LinkedIn's list of the 15 most in-demand skills includes business analysis and a many skills that are critical to your success.
January 14, 2020
MBA203: Career Insurance
David Mantica shares ways to protect yourself from layoffs and prepare for career advancement.
December 24, 2019
Yes, Virginia, There Are BAs in Agile
Holiday Episode: In the style of the 1897 New York Sun editorial, a grown up Virginia asks if there are Business Analysts in Agile.
December 17, 2019
Lightning Cast: Failure to Launch (a new product)
Find out what you can do to ensure a successful product launch.
November 12, 2019
MBA202: Business Value Analysis
David Mantica helps overcome one of the biggest challenges facing organizations today - understanding value and building the right solution.
November 5, 2019
MBA201: Tips From an Accidental Product Owner
Richard Larson shares his experiences as an accidental Product Owner and provides tips and advice for others moving toward a role in Product Ownership.
November 3, 2019
MBA200: Take Action! The Best Advice from Over 200 Episodes
Here's the best tips and advice from industry experts in over 200 episodes. Now take action!
October 15, 2019
MBA199: The Future of the BA Profession
Kevin Brennan discusses how the world of work is changing and how Business Analysts need to adapt.
October 8, 2019
MBA198: DevOps – What it Means for BAs
Michael Roberts helps us understand what DevOps is and how it affects the role of Business Analysts.
October 1, 2019
MBA197: Making Change Fun
Lora McCoy discusses how to shift the psychological response to change and help stakeholders adapt and adopt the change.
September 24, 2019
MBA196: Customer Journey Treasure Hunting
Vince Mirabelli shares some practical, how-to approaches to developing empathy, mapping the customer journey, and finding business process improvement opportunities along the way.
September 17, 2019
MBA195: Example Mapping
Kent McDonald shares his thoughts about what you need to know about Agile and how to use Example Mapping; a technique to create a shared understanding.
September 10, 2019
MBA194: Start Your Project Off Right
Adrian Reed shares approached for successfully initiating projects and stakeholder management
September 3, 2019
MBA193: About Your Career
Ryland Leyton shares tips and advice from his new book to help you find the right job and grow in your career.
August 27, 2019
Lightning Cast: Story Estimation – What’s the Point?
Explore the use (and misuse) of story point estimation and discover the right way to estimate stories.
August 13, 2019
Lightning Cast: Requirements Rot
Is your project suffering from requirements rot? As time passes between requirements elicitation and delivery, your requirements will become unusable.
August 6, 2019
MBA192: The Blight of Product Debt
Product debt can slow the delivery, erode customer value, and make it difficult to innovate. Here are the different types of product debt and what you can do about it.
July 30, 2019
Lightning Cast: The Power to Get Things Done
In this episode, we discuss the different kinds of power you can use to get things done within your team or across your organization.
July 23, 2019
MBA191: Use Cases in Agile
Use Cases aren't just for waterfall. Use Cases also work well in Agile an context and help address the challenges with User Stories.
July 16, 2019
Lightning Cast: AI – Can you be replaced by a machine?
80% of project tasks will be performed by AI by 2030. Will you lose your job to a machine?
July 9, 2019
MBA190: Business Data Analytics
Organizations need to make better decisions based on real data. Find out how you can bring value in the area of business data analytics.
July 2, 2019
Lightning Cast: You Are a Facilitator
Facilitation means more than running a meeting. Find out how you can facilitate the the value it brings to your organization.
June 25, 2019
MBA189: Adventures in Product Ownership
BriElle Bryson shares her experience stepping into a Product Owner role and helps us understand how to prepare for product ownership
June 18, 2019
Lightning Cast: Simplified Value Stream Mapping
Eliminate waste in a process and get a holistic view of end-to-end value using a simplified Value Stream Map
June 12, 2019
MBA188: The Four Ps of Product Ownership
Anu Smalley shares her 4Ps framework to address a major challenge organizations face today; how to build products customers want and love.
May 28, 2019
Lightning Cast: Product Debt
Are you suffering from Product Debt? Product Debt erodes customer value, stifles innovation, and increases the time and cost it takes to deliver new functionality.
May 14, 2019
MBA187: Transitioning to a Scrum Master Role
Discover how to leverage your core Business Analyst skills in a different way and be successful as a Scrum Master.
May 7, 2019
Lightning Cast: Business Agility
Understand the importance of business agility and your role in helping your organization become more responsive to changing customer needs.
April 30, 2019
MBA186: Exploring Product Ownership
Coach and author Bob Galen shares some of the challenges Product Owners face, how to overcome them, and how to take your skills to the next level.
April 23, 2019
Lightning Cast: Don’t Throw it Over the Wall
Avoid the epidemic of creating an output and throwing it over the wall to another team.
April 17, 2019
MBA185: Business Analysis in Agile
James Robertson shares some of the challenges associated with an Agile transformation and how Business Analysts can provide the most value to the organization.
April 10, 2019
Lightning Cast: Non-Functional Requirements in Agile
Find out how to make non-functional requirements visible in an Agile context.
April 2, 2019
MBA184: Discover What Customers Want with JTBD
Discover unmet customer needs with Jobs to be Done and a unique customer interview technique.
March 26, 2019
Lightning Cast: We Are the Business
Break down those silos and avoid the "us vs. them" mentality between business and technology.
March 19, 2019
MBA183: The BA Role on a Scrum Team
Find out where a Business Analyst fits on a Scrum Team and what they can do to provide value to the team and the organization.
March 5, 2019
MBA182: BA in the Service Industry
How can a Business Analyst apply their skills in a non-technical field? Find out how your current skills and competencies can apply in new contexts.
February 26, 2019
Lightning Cast: Death, Taxes, and Missed Requirements
Understand the certainty of missing requirements and what you can do to reduce the occurrence and impact of missed requirements
February 19, 2019
MBA181: The Three BA Archetypes
Understanding the three Business Analyst archetypes can help you find the right job and advance your career.
February 13, 2019
MBA180: Socratic Questioning
Kent McDonald helps us uncover information and elicit requirements using an ancient questioning technique.
February 5, 2019
Lightning Cast: BA Performance Goals
Start your year off right with tips for setting your annual performance goals.
January 29, 2019
MBA179: The Power of Prototyping
Effective use of prototypes can create a common understanding and develop a feedback loop to help you build better solutions.
January 22, 2019
MBA178: Career Options for BAs
Business Analysis is a critical and highly transferable skill. Here's how to use it to advance your career.
January 8, 2019
MBA177: Product Backlog Refinement
Product Backlog Refinement (grooming) is a key activity for any Agile team. Here are some tips and recommendations for successful refinement sessions.
January 1, 2019
MBA176: Predictions for 2019
Thought leaders share their predictions for 2019 and what you can do to be more successful in the new year.
December 25, 2018
Lightning Cast: A Visit From the Business Analyst
In this Christmas episode, we find out what happens when the BA visits a struggling project team.
December 18, 2018
MBA175: Product Management is the New Business Analysis – Part 2
Find out the tools and techniques you need to develop a customer-centric focus for product development.
December 11, 2018
MBA174: Product Management is the New Business Analysis
Agile and other changes in the way we work means that we need to change too. Here's how we can leverage our skills and competencies in a new way and grow our careers.
December 4, 2018
MBA173: Avoiding the Build Trap
Product Management expert Melissa Perri helps us to avoid some on the pitfalls of solution development and create products customers will love.
November 27, 2018
MBA172: Decide Smarter Faster with Kupe Kupersmith
Kupe Kupersmith focuses on approaches that will help you learn quickly, make good decisions, and manage risk.
November 13, 2018
MBA171: Your Questions Answered – Listener Mailbag
In this episode, I answer questions submitted from listeners. Questions about Agile, DevOps, and remote elicitation are answered.
November 6, 2018
MBA170: Persuasion – Get Buy-In for Your Ideas
Mary Lynn Manns shares techniques you can use to get buy-in for your ideas and influence others to take action.
October 23, 2018
Lightning Cast: Big Design Up Front
In this Lightning Cast, we'll explore the practice of using stage gates and a big design up front. Why do organizations use the BDUF approach and is there a better way?
October 16, 2018
MBA169: Digital Business Analyst Competencies
IIBA President Ken Fulmer shares eight competencies that are critical for success when working as a digital Business Analyst.
October 2, 2018
MBA168: Exploring the BA Career Path
Adrian Reed helps us explore the BA career path, career growth options, and actions you can take to grow in your career as a Business Analyst.
September 18, 2018
MBA167: The Power of Storytelling
Want to communicate in a compelling, memorable way? Storytelling allows you to connect with your audience at an emotional level and helps your ideas stick.
September 3, 2018
MBA166: Mastering the Art of Feedback
In this episode, Heather Mylan-Mains helps us to be effective in giving feedback and how to receive feedback for the greatest impact.
August 23, 2018
I'll be unable to post the next episode for a bit. Unfortunately, I'm in the hospital with some issues with my leg.
August 14, 2018
MBA165: Remembering Jerry Weinberg
Here are some of the most important lessons from Jerry Weinberg in his own words.
August 7, 2018
Lightning Cast: Think as a Customer
Create solutions your customers will love by thinking as a customer.
July 31, 2018
MBA164: The Agile Analysis Certification
IIBA President Ken Fulmer discusses the IIBA's Agile Analysis certification; What it means for your organization and to your career.
July 24, 2018
MBA163: Lean Six Sigma – What You Should Know
Discover how Lean Six Sigma can help you bring value to your organization and be a differentiator for your career.
July 17, 2018
Lightning Cast: Moving to a BA Role
Find out how to transition into a Business Analyst role.
July 10, 2018
MBA162: The Business Analyst Role and its Real Value
Glenn Brule discusses the Business Analyst role, its real value proposition, and what you can do to increase the value you provide to your organization.
July 3, 2018
MBA161: Evolution of the BA Role
What's the next step in the evolution of the role of the Business Analyst? Does Agile spell the end of the BA role?
June 26, 2018
Lightning Cast: Dude’s Law
Understand what you can do to increase the value of products and solutions developed by your organization by using Dude's Law.
June 19, 2018
MBA160: The Art of Better Business Requirements
Alyce Reopelle challenges some of the practices and assumptions we make about requirements elicitation.
June 12, 2018
Lightning Cast: Business Agility
Discover what you can do to help your organization achieve business agility; the ability to quickly adapt to changes and rapidly deliver value.
June 5, 2018
MBA159: Experiment Driven Development
In this episode, you'll discover how to use hypotheses and experiments to identify the right solutions for customer needs.
May 29, 2018
MBA158: Agile Requirements
In this episode, we'll explore Agile requirements and answer the question "Are User Stories requirements?"
May 22, 2018
MBA157: The Importance of Good Data Analysis
Find out about the impact that good data analysis can have on your organization and how to get started.
May 15, 2018
Lightning Cast: Symptoms of Success
Are you successful? Explore what it looks like to be successful as a Business Analyst or Project Manager.
May 8, 2018
MBA156: The Power of Mentoring
Want to take your skills and your career to the next level? A mentoring relationship can do just that. Discover how to find the right mentor and create an effective mentoring relationship.
May 1, 2018
MBA155: Hiring BAs and PMs
Are you a hiring manager looking for great BA and PM candidates? Find out how to find the best candidates for your organization. Job seekers will discover how to best prepare for a job search.
April 24, 2018
MBA154: Change Leadership
Implementing change in an organization goes beyond requirements and change management. You need Change Leadership to help people adjust to the change. Here's how!
April 17, 2018
Lightning Cast: BA on a Scrum Team
Find out what a Business Analyst does on a Scrum team and how you can use your BA skills in a different way to help the team.
April 10, 2018
MBA153: Trends in Business Analysis
Elizabeth Larson talks about current trends in the Business Analysis field and how they will affect you.
April 3, 2018
Lightning Cast: Powerful Questions
Powerful questions are a way to challenge our thinking, stimulating deeper conversations, and uncovering hidden truths. Here's how to ask more powerful questions.
March 27, 2018
MBA152: Finding the Right Project
Richard Larson shares five techniques you can use to discover the underlying problem or opportunity to solve create the right solution.
March 20, 2018
Lightning Cast: Order your Backlog
A clear, well-ordered backlog leads to more focus, less time in refinement, and delivering the most important items first. Here's how to order your backlog.
March 13, 2018
MBA151: Your Consulting Practice – with Karl Wiegers
Author and consultant Karl Wiegers shares his tips and advice on getting started with consulting.
March 6, 2018
Lightning Cast: Which Communications Channel Should You Use?
Which communications channel should you use? The right communications medium depends on your message. We'll explore different forms of communication and which to use in different contexts.
February 27, 2018
MBA150: A High Five for Business Analysts
Tomette Kirk shares what she calls the high five; five essential tasks that we need to focus on as Business Analysts to be successful.
February 20, 2018
Lightning Cast: Common Issues Facing Business Analysts Today
In this episode, I share common problems Business Analysts face and what you can do about them.
February 13, 2018
MBA149: The Power of EQ
Author and speaker Jen Shirkani helps us to understand the importance of Emotional Intelligence and shares with us techniques to boost your EQ.
February 6, 2018
Lightning Cast: The Business Alchemist
Discover a different way of thinking about your role and go from Analyst to Alchemist to achieve extraordinary outcomes for your organization.
January 30, 2018
MBA148: 7 Keys to Succeeding with Agile
Paula Maychruk helps us uncover the key concepts that allow us to be successful with Agile approaches.
January 23, 2018
Lightning Cast: Trust – The One Thing that Changes Everything
Trust increases the speed to deliver projects and reduces cost. Here's how to develop and maintain trust on your team.
January 16, 2018
MBA147: The Business Agility Manifesto
Ron Ross explains the Business Agility Manifesto and helps us to understand the role business knowledge plays in enhancing business agility.
January 9, 2018
MBA146: The Full Stack Business Analyst
What does it take to become a Full-Stack Business Analyst? Similar to a Full-Stack Developer, a Business Analyst can broaden their skills to reduce waste and contribute more value to the organization.
January 2, 2018
MBA145: Predictions for 2018
Six thought leaders in the fields of business analysis, project management, and Agile share their predictions for 2018 and what you should do to be successful.
December 26, 2017
Lightning Cast: Confessions of a Recovering Perfectionist
Perfectionism leads to procrastination and fear. Here's how to overcome perfectionism.
December 19, 2017
MBA144: The 12 Days of the Project
Discover 12 approaches that lead to shorter time to market, increased customer value, and innovation.
December 12, 2017
Lightning Cast: Stepping Up to Product Ownership
Discover what it takes to transition to a Product Owner role and be successful.
December 5, 2017
MBA143: Imposter Syndrome – Banishing Your Inner Critic
Author and renown speaker Denise Jacobs helps you to overcome Imposter Syndrome and silence your inner critic to unleash your creativity.
November 28, 2017
Lightning Cast: Root Cause Analysis
We explore two common root cause analysis approaches, Fishbone Diagrams and 5 Whys, to help you understand when to use each technique.
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