Requirements is a socio-technical discipline and business analysts/requirements engineers need a diverse mixture of skills. The ability to use modelling languages, requirements definitions and other technical formalisms must be combined with the ability to communicate with diverse people. Instead of expecting stakeholders to “give” the requirements analysts need to be interested in why people behave in different ways and how to make the human connections necessary to “discover” the requirements.
I have worked as a programmer, systems analyst, designer, business analyst, product manager and project manager in many countries. Industries I have worked in include rocket science, insurance, retail and banking. I continue to research and experiment with new ideas and to make them accessible to business analysts. I do this with a mixture of consulting, research and teaching. The skill of systemsthinking is the thread that runs through all of my work
Jody Bullen has extensive experience delivering successful complex business and software projects in various industries both in NZ and the UK. As the founder, Jody is a key driving force behind Yonix. He was awarded Computerworld New Zealand Business Analyst of the Year in 2009. Jody is an active member and thought leader within the Business Analyst community, and has presented in New Zealand and internationally.
Is a business agility practitioner, coach, and instructor; delivering product management, business analysis, team leading, facilitating, coaching, and training services to customers throughout New Zealand – currently working with Fiserv as a Product Owner on one of their scrum projects.
With nearly 30 years’ experience in project delivery, he has worked in and led teams and run his own business across strategic, business, and technical projects following structured, iterative, and agile methodologies. He is certified as a BA professional, agile practitioner, and as a scrum-master; runs study groups and training courses; organises, chairs, and talks at conferences and events in Europe and Australasia; has contributed to several books (including the ‘Agile Extension to the BA