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Kent McDonald

Kent McDonald

Kent J. McDonald specializes in successfully applying pragmatic approaches to strategic planning and coaching business analysts and project managers. His more than 15 years of experience include work in business analysis and planning, project management, and product development in a variety of industries including financial services, health insurance, performance marketing, human services, non profit, and automotive. Kent writes a column for about value based leadership and delivers Business Analysis training for B2T Training.

His work in the non-profit community includes serving as the Chair of 2 Central Iowa JDRF Hope Galas, Vice President of Strategic Planning, and President for the Greater Iowa chapter of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He co-founded the Agile Project Leadership Network (APLN) and chaired the Central Iowa Business Analyst Development Day 2009. Kent has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University and an MBA from Kent State University.

He is co-author of Stand Back and Deliver: Accelerating Business Agility, a book that brings together immediately usable frameworks and step-by-step processes that help organizations deliver business value and build competitive advantage.

He welcomes questions about project leadership with a focus on value at

Planning Gone Wrong: Operation Sea Lion
By Kent McDonald
I listen to audio books while I am driving (as long as I am the only one in the car) and when I am working outside. The book I am... Read More»

What do those stoplights really mean?
By Kent McDonald
Within the last year, I have worked in two separate organizations where the expectations for status reporting were revised and I was involved in developing tools to support or communicate... Read More»

The Elegance of Simplicity
By Kent McDonald
During the 1960's when NASA was working feverishly to land a man on the moon before the Soviets; one of the challenges they had to overcome was what the astronauts... Read More»

You Play To Win The Game
By Kent McDonald
I just got back home from the Nebraska vs Iowa State Football game. Seventh ranked Nebraska won the game 31-30 in Overtime as Iowa State's 2 point conversion attempt was... Read More»

Mapping Your Project Message
By Kent McDonald
One of the really enjoyable aspects of project work is the opportunity to apply tools and techniques from other fields to leading projects. The other day I found out about... Read More»

Don't Fumble That Handoff
By Kent McDonald
In honor of the impending (and long overdue) start of the college football season, I wanted to talk a little bit about project handoffs, specifically changing project managers in the... Read More»

From Zero to SME in a few weeks
By Kent McDonald
In a previous blog post, I mentioned the question of whether business analysts should be subject matter experts in the domain of the project. I personally don't think that BA's... Read More»

Testing Balance
By Kent McDonald
I think Sting best characterized a situation I find myself in on a current project: "Caught between the Scylla and Charybdis". We're having to choose between how much testing we... Read More»

Business Analysis Is All In the Questions
By Kent McDonald
A question that often comes up when hiring business analysts or assigning them to specific projects is whether a business analyst has to be a subject matter expert in the... Read More»

Presidential Legacy and Projects
By Kent McDonald
I have always been a big believer that the best time to do lessons learned is when you can act on the lessons learned to make your future efforts most... Read More»

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