Adrian Speaking

Blackmetric at Innovation, Business Change and Technology Forum Europe 2017

We’re very pleased to announce that Blackmetric’s Principal Consultant Adrian Reed will be speaking at the Innovation, Business Change & Technology Forum Europe 2017.  Adrian’s presentation is entitled “Strategy: Crucial Enabler or Tired Cliche?” and will explore how strategy is addressed in modern organisations. For more information, and to book your place, visit the conference website.  A
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[Video] IIBA® Multi-Level Certification Framework: An Overview (ECBA™, CBAP®, CCBA®, CBATL™)

Are you interested in finding out more about IIBA®’s Multi-Level Business Analysis Certification Framework? Our short video below provides an overview, and will help you determine which is right for you. For further information, you can view the Certification page of our website, and if you’re interested in help achieving certification check out our training page.  And
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It’s Time To Ditch The Bridge

I suspect many people reading this article will, at some time in their career, have had the challenge of explaining what business analysis is.   We’ve all had that dreaded moment when we meet someone for the first time, explain we’re a Business Analyst, and we’re met with a blank stare (often with a slight look of confusion… ‘Business…what?’).  I am sure that we have all developed our own elevator pitch to explain the value that good business analysis enables.

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[Video] Strategy: The Crucial Enabler

We’re very pleased to say that Adrian Reed (Blackmetric’s Principal Consultant) recently presented at the Building Business Capability Conference, Las Vegas, and his presentation was recorded.     You can view the presentation entitled  Strategy: The Crucial Enabler below, complete with slides and audio — in total it’s around 55 minutes long. Here is a brief description of the session:
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[Webinar Recording] Helping Stakeholders to Take a Step Back and Avoid the “Solution Illusion”

We recently presented a webinar, hosted by IRM UK, focussing on the importance of avoiding early solutioneering during projects.  The webinar is entitled Helping Stakeholders to Take a Step Back and Avoid the “Solution Illusion” and we’re pleased to say that the recording is available to watch below. Enjoy! (NB: If you find this webinar
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Mousetrap - Metaphor for business innovation

Business Innovation and the “mousetraps” that are ignored…

You’ve probably heard the quote “build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your door” but you might not realise that this expression emerged in the late 1800s. It is attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, and it’s actually believed to be a mis-quote, although the essence of the statement is correct. A
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Avoiding project failure : Don’t get caught by “The Solution Illusion”

In tough economic times, it’s essential that organisations spend their money in ways that will deliver tangible and measurable benefits.  Few would argue with  this statement, yet many organisations fall into a trap I call “The Solution Illusion”. This trap is most prevalent when organisations are deciding where to allocate their hard fought budget. The
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Your Project Needs a Maverick

Project teams are complex and it’s essential that the team works together productively to achieve the end goal.  Every so often, there will be a ‘project maverick’ that upsets the balance. Perhaps they ignore the plan, or escalate an issue straight to the CEO.  Mavericks are often seen as a Project Managers worst nightmare, as
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