Is there a role of a business analyst in an Agile environment? This question has been asked a number of times before, and various answers have been advanced to settle this matter. A short answer is “Yes”. But, unfortunately this answer is not good enough to the ‘nay-sayers’, who think a business analyst has no place in an Agile team. To settle this matter, once and for all, we have to take the bull by its horns, and talk about the elephant in the room. Please join me as I present an argument to defend our indispensable business analysis profession.
About the Speaker
Edward Ngubane, the current Head of Business Analysis at DVT started his career as a mathematics teacher at Senaoane Sec School in Soweto. He has been in the IT industry for almost 20 years, and worked for the following companies: Telkom SA, Investec, BMW Financial Services, Wesbank and FNB (Online Banking and eWallet Solutions). He has held numerous positions, viz:- Systems Developer, Systems Analyst, Business Analyst, Product Development Manager, Business Analyst Manager, Head of PMO, Practice Lead (Business Analysis and Architecture), Practice Manager.
He has setup and ran BA CoP’s (Community of Practice), developed and mentored a number of business analysts and published papers on the business analysis discipline. Over the years he has received numerous awards, and is passionate about the business analysis domain. He holds five degrees, two of which are at the Masters level – the M.Ed (Maths Education) and the MBA (Cum Laude) – both from the University of the Witwatersrand. The title of his dissertation for his M.Ed was ‘What are links between a teacher’s views of mathematics and his/her classroom practices’. And the title for his MBA dissertation was ‘Managing IT Knowledge workers within South African Financial Industry’. He is currently doing his PhD (part-time) at the University of the Witwatersrand, and is a recipient of a Post Graduate Merit Award. His thesis is on the ‘The impact of the 4th Industrial Revolution on the development and sustainability of SMME’s in South Africa’. He is the former Secretary of the IIBA-SA, and the current Treasurer of the same organisation.