Wellington software start-up LINQ and IT consultancy Equinox IT have joined forces in a consulting partnership to help New Zealand businesses successfully transform.
As a business analyst, it’s my job to understand a business – any business – and its requirements.
Only then can I communicate what I’ve discovered to stakeholders in a way that allows them to make change decisions, or build a new system to take their business activities to the next level.
We hosted a Business Analysis Think Tank event last evening at our Equinox Wellington offices on the topic 'Evolving the Role of the Business Analyst'. The topic seemed to strike a chord with the Senior Business Analysts and IT Professionals who attended. Facilitated and led by Craig McLean and myself, the session provided an excellent opportunity for us to discuss, debate and get other's ideas on the 'Evolving the Role of the Business Analyst' related topics that the two of us had presented at the recent BA Development Day conference held in Wellington earlier this month.
This post continues from the post Enterprise Analysis - Using Business Architecture to Clarify the Muddle (Part 1).
The picture below shows how the high level view of the business connects with the elements that may be changed to improve the business performance. This view allows the analyst to connect the requirements for change with the business itself and present a context for the change that is required. It allows people to start talking about what they know - the business. One General Manager described this kind of view as lowering the barrier of participation…it encouraged the different stakeholders to engage in the project.
Earlier this month I delivered an IIBA presentation, with the same title 'Enterprise analysis - using business architecture to clarify the muddle', to around 80 attendees in Wellington, New Zealand. The presentation was well received. This post, plus the Part 2 post to follow, summarise some of the key points from the presentation.
The challenges that Business Analysts face
- Business change is complex – as we undertake requirements at a project level we realise that we need to understand people, processes, information and rules. We realise that processes cross departmental boundaries and people will have to change work habits. The discoveries go on and on adding to the complexity of a change initiative.