• Gamestorming by Gray, Brown and Macanufo book review

    productfern June 14, 2020

    There are a whole heap of business books now available. The joys of business analysis and product management means a lot of them relate to these professions! Enter the book review series so you know what books to buy and which will make an impact on your career. The first book is Gamestorming: A playbook for innovators, rulebreakers and changemakers by Dave Gray, Sunni Brown and James Macanufo. Published in…

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  • 10 great tools for remote business analysis and product management

    productfern June 8, 2020

    Even before the current crisis hit us, business analysis and product management were moving away from the office and to more distributed teams. Compared to some other roles, this can be a challenge to manage when you can’t work directly with your stakeholders. Luckily there are many tools for remote business analysis and product management which we can utilise. However, this isn’t the standard list of google docs and skype…

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  • What is user research?

    productfern June 5, 2020

    User research is the practice of really understanding your user. Too often, we build solutions and systems with ourselves in mind. Our users often have different experiences, technical skills and desires. This means we build systems which don’t match what they need. By conducting user research, it means we can understand these users. It means that every feature we build into our product or every process we develop can actually…

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  • How to do well in a business analyst interview

    productfern May 30, 2020

    I’ve been lucky enough now to do several different business analyst roles in the last few years. This means I’ve had the opportunity to take part in business analyst interviews for a range of organisations. But how do you do well in a business analyst interview? Alongside interviewing for roles myself, I also now conduct business analyst interviews to recruit for my team. I’ve done this for permanent in house,…

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  • What is product ownership?

    productfern May 30, 2020

    Whether you are a product owner or a product manager, the concept of managing products has infiltrated many organisations. By treating a system as a product, it means that we can manage it in a way which puts the user and value first. If you think about traditional products, from chairs to TVs, we manage them in a specific way. When we create them, we create a prototype which is…

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  • What is business analysis?

    productfern May 22, 2020

    Business analysis is a profession that is hard to define. It involves a wide variety of techniques performed by a business analyst. But when it comes down to it, business analysis is all about understanding how things work, crafting solutions to problems and ensuring cohesion between different stakeholders. There is a check list of activities a business analyst can do, from requirements, process modelling, lean, business cases, data models and…

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