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Secret Stories and Agile Analysts

Mike Cohn’s latest post got me thinking about how essential analysis is even in so-called Agile teams. It describes a common situation where backlogs contain ‘add this’ and ‘delete this’ stories.

I really believe this can be helped by a good analyst who understands value and patterns. My comment on Mike’s post goes onto explain that I would add a ‘create this’ story first. 

I’ve found that it’s difficult to add or delete some ‘thing’ that doesn’t yet exist. (Shockingly this holds true in real life also).

This simple step is also pretty negligible in time to a seasoned (aka lazy) analyst and provides our customers with more choice, clear direction and what’s more it can be used at all levels of organisational analysis!