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Case Study: Linking Business Workflows and Agile User Stories in an SOA

Posted April 9, 2018 in Business Agility & Software Engineering Excellence, Business Technology & Digital Transformation Strategies Cutter Business Technology Journal
Discovery

Gill Kent and Robin Harwood provide a case study about linking Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) workflows and user stories. They focus on the importance of initial modeling during what they call the Discovery phase of a digital trans­formation project. In their example, they followed a pragmatic, Agile approach to modeling the business and their host systems to gain important insight into the enterprise transformation scope and a vision of the required system change for their endeavor. This enabled them to establish a business/stakeholder vision that captured a clear scope for the following phases. With an initial technical strategy/architecture identified, the team was able to name a backlog of architecturally relevant stories, mitigating the risk of late identification of system integration requirements and the potential for significant rework. In short, a pragmatic investment in initial modeling and planning paid off in huge divi­dends for their Agile team.

About The Author
Gill Kent
Gill Kent is a Senior Business Analyst at Cardiff University, Wales. She has 20 years’ experience in requirements gathering and software development for organizations in both the private and public sectors. She can be reached at gdkent12 at gmail.com.
Robin Harwood
Robin Harwood is a UK-based independent IT consultant with 30 years’ experience in industry and academic institutions, specializing in the delivery of business analysis, systems analysis, and requirements management to a varied range of clients across the public and private sectors. He is a member of the British Computer Society, a Chartered Engineer (CEng) with the UK’s Engineering Council, and a Chartered Information Technology Professional (… Read More
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