To Innovate, to Thrive, to Plan

“When you innovate, you’ve got to be prepared for everyone telling you you’re nuts.” – Larry Ellison

It’s all in the Plan – Jared Gorai

Benjamin Franklin once said, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” It’s cliché, but true. As a junior business analyst, I didn’t see the value of planning and left things to chance. Although, sometimes, things all fall into place, they usually don’t. Things happen for a reason, and usually that reason has much to do with the planning which went into a project…..

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BA 3.0: Thriving in the Marketplace – Sohail Thaker

What does it take for a business analyst (BA) to do more than survive in the marketplace? What does it take for you to thrive?

From my experience, I have learned that being an “order taker” does not work. I remember a project for which I was hired to put in a new accounting system, and instead, I recommended changes to business processes and personnel that resulted in significant reductions in process time without any system changes. I was willing to take a risk and recommend what I thought would solve the problem, rather than “taking an order.”…..

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A Business Analyst is a Key Agent of Innovation – Paskwa Mutunga

One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned is that a business analyst’s role goes beyond gathering and documenting functional and nonfunctional requirements. A business analyst is a key agent of innovation.

I love to watch the TV show One House, Two Looks, hosted by Jane Lockhart and Jason Cass. I find it fascinating that Jane and Jason can create two different great looks for identical houses. Several years ago, I had an experience with two projects that felt a bit like One House Two Looks. The only difference was that instead of getting two great looks, one was great, whereas the other was—well—not so good. I have since code-named these projects—Project Strawberry and Project Lemon…..

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