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Interview: BA Day, Frankfurt, 2019

We are pleased to announce that Adrian Reed, Principal Consultant at Blackmetric, will be speaking at BA-Day in Frankfurt in May 2019. Adrian will present a half-day session entitled “Systems Thinking: A Crucial BA Skill in an Uncertain World”, and a conference session entitled “Leading from the Middle: Influencing and Delivery in Tricky Projects” Rainer
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Adrian Reed

Interview: Pre-Project Problem Analysis and Systems Thinking

Adrian Reed, Principal Consultant at Blackmetric recently presented at the Building Business Capability conference in San Antonio, Texas.  Whilst he was there, he was interviewed by Filip Hendrickx of altershape. During the interview, you can hear Adrian give his thoughts on Pre-Project Problem Analysis and Systems Thinking.     If the topics mentioned in this interview interest
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Project Health Check : 5 Serious Project Warning Signs

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:

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The Importance of Framing a Problem Well

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 which constricts or constrains potential solutions, and this can lead to a poor outcome or the wrong tactics being employed. Spending time consciously defining a problem can pay dividends in
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