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.
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… Read More »[Webinar Recording] Helping Stakeholders to Take a Step Back and Avoid the “Solution Illusion”
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… Read More »Business Innovation and the “mousetraps” that are ignored…
UNICOM “Building Business Capability with Business Analysis” conference to be chaired by Adrian Reed of Blackmetric
We’re pleased to announce that Adrian Reed, Principal Consultant at Blackmetric, will be both speaking at and chairing the upcoming UNICOM “Building Business Capability with Business Analysis”… Read More »UNICOM “Building Business Capability with Business Analysis” conference to be chaired by Adrian Reed of Blackmetric
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… Read More »Avoiding project failure : Don’t get caught by “The Solution Illusion”
As experienced change practitioners, I’m sure we’ve all worked on projects that have been difficult. The unfortunate truth is that some projects gain so much momentum, they become “too big to fail”. These projects steamroll their way through organisations, and have a tendency to displace anyone that dares to challenge them.
Sometimes when working closely on a project, it is difficult to see the warning signs. However, it is worth carrying out a project “health check” every now and then, to check for danger signs. If you see any significant warning signals, then you might need to take some serious (and unpopular) corrective action. Five such signals are discussed below:
Asking the right questions and framing problems carefully is an important part of project definition and organisational change. Often organisations frame problems in a way… Read More »The Importance of Framing a Problem Well