Howard Podeswa

CEO, Noble Inc.

Howard Podeswa is a thought leader in the intersection of agile and business analysis. For over twenty years, he has been helping large organizations adapt and optimize their analysis and planning practices for agile software development approaches. He has authored a number of books based on these experiences that have become staple references for practitioners – UML for the IT Business Analyst (2nd edition, cengage, 2009), exploring the BA function within an iterative-incremental process and The Business Analyst’s Handbook (cengage, 2008), a reference manual for BAs in agile and traditional organizations. He has just completed a new book that updates this guidance for agile BAs and product owners: The Agile Guide to Business Analysis and Planning – from Strategic Plan to Continuous Value Delivery (Pearson Addison-Wesley, 2021). At Noble Inc., he has provided agile and business analysis services to clients worldwide, including the International Standards Organization (ISO), Moody’s, the Mayo Clinic, TELUS, TD Bank, LabCorp, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Mawer Investment Management Ltd., Bell Nexia, and REI Coop.

Howard is a widely requested speaker at international BA and agile events, including The Fundamentals of Product Ownership Analysis (IIBA,2021), BA & Beyond (Mar., 2021), European BA Day (Frankfurt, 2019), the Toronto Agile Community Conference (2015), the BBC Conference (2016, 2014), the agile Norway Developers Conference (NDC 2013) and BA World conferences across North America. He is also a professional artist whose works have been shown extensively in commercial and public galleries, including. “A Brief History” (Kelowna Gallery, Koffler Gallery) and “Still Life with Paper” (Birch Contemporary). To contact Howard for training and coaching services, please email

Presentation: Upskilling for Agile: Winning Strategies for a Successful Transition to Agile Analysis and Planning for Business Analysts

In this Webinar for Business Analysts (and Project Managers), Howard explains how to reposition the analysis and planning experience you’ve gained for an agile environment, and the additional techniques and concepts you’ll need for a successful transition to an agile environment.

Are you interested in leveraging the BA and planning experience you’ve gained on traditional projects towards the growing agile development sector? The good news is that traditional analysis skills play a vital role in the success of agile software projects – of you know how to adapt them for agile and are able to supplement them with agile tools. In this Webinar, Howard draws over 20 years working with analysts and POs to explain how your current skills can be leveraged to add value to an agile organization and the additional techniques you’ll need to know to be effective in an agile environment. Webinar participants will learn about:
• An overall understanding of the business analysis competency within an agile organization and how it overlaps with agile roles such as Product Owner (PO) and Proxy PO
• How legacy and agile business analysis techniques fit into the agile product development lifecycle
• Key practices and techniques from the agile analysis and planning toolkit: Kanban, Scrum, Stories, Backlog Refinement, ATDD/BDD

The future of business analysis is agile and only those who successfully transition to agile ways of working will have a place in it. Join us in this informative webinar and learn more about how to upskill your BA and planning capabilities for agile development.