Seeing the Big Picture

“The trick to forgetting the big picture is to look at everything close-up.” – Chuck Palahniuk

Solve the Right Problem by Understanding the Big Picture – Kathleen Barret

The capacity to understand and act on the big picture is the single most important competency or skill you will need as a business analyst (BA) needs to develop professionally. This analytical ability is the first step in effective organizational change; it provides the context needed to evaluate potential options and solutions. Without the big picture, organizations can only make the right choices accidentally.

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Focus on What Makes your Business Smart: Business Rules  – Gladys Lam

When a business builds or revises a business capability, on what do your business stakeholders concentrate? Four very natural areas are:

  1. People—We need good people. Human Resources departments have been around for a long time. They are set up to help manage people.
  2. Technologies—Technologies have been around since the invention of machines. Organizations are familiar with dealing with technology changes.
  3. Information—Information was a big deal in the 1980s and 1990s during the information management era. Big data is now a hot topic in many organizations.
  4. Process—Business process management and business process re-engineering have been popular since the 1990s. Many techniques offered in this area…..

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Design Thinking: Taking Business Analysis to the Next Level – Jay Payette

The business analysis profession has gone through considerable evolution and maturation over the past 10 years. At the turn of the century, the business analyst’s role was difficult to define. Many organizations had different interpretations of what a business analyst’s responsibilities were and what activities could be called business analysis. That all changed when the IIBA® was formed in Toronto in 2003. Trouble was, some analysts mistook standards for the gold standard of business analysis, which led to complacency.

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