I have always believed that a good business analyst will be able to work on any project because he or she will ask good questions. At the same time though I have always believed that different projects need different approaches and therefore potentially different skills. Which begs the question – should our approach to starting […]Read More On the one hand, I always ask the same questions
If we don’t know why we are doing a project, then maybe we shouldn’t be doing it. But on many projects, if you ask the team “what will be different when we finish?” they look confused and start talking about the tasks they are performing. But the tasks being performed should be moving toward some […]Read More Why should we do this project? So what?
The world’s simplest communication plan might be this one: Who I am communicating with? What should I be telling them? How should I communicate with them? Even thinking about those three questions on the bus on your way to work might help create better communication. But I thought I would break the questions down to come […]Read More Creating a basic communication plan
As I mentioned in my last post, I have been pondering how to apply some of the ideas from a book called “Stand Back and Deliver” to my own work.Read More Categorising projects – what kind of project is this?
I am running an “advanced BA course” next week and as part of the course we will be exploring the concept of strategy from a business analysts point of view. One of the trainers I work with (Shane) recommended we provide the participants with a book called “Stand Back and Deliver” by Pollyanna Pixton, Niel […]Read More Stealing ideas from Stand Back and Deliver
I spend a lot of time training teams in new approaches like agile development, but most of this training is about new techniques themselves rather than the process of managing the adoption and acceptance of those techniques. I also spend a lot of time coaching project managers in how to run more effective projects, but […]Read More A course on change management in the real world