Collaboration

Pablo Picasso and Scope Visualization

Pablo Picasso and Scope Visualization

Scope – the last frontier.  We are on a mission where no business analyst has gone before.  To explore strange new diagrams and to have the project scope clearly understood.  Extra credit to those who remember which TV show that was from!  Scope and context are the number one reason business expectations about a project are not met and projects fail. The business wanted a global CRM solution but all they got were pigeons and index cards. Yeah that is why context is important.

Adaptability: Creating Transforming Understanding

Adaptability: Creating Transforming Understanding

Helping others understand your role as a Business Analysts has many benefits.  Primarily it helps you work together with other roles in your organization more effectively.  This was outlined in my previous blog, so I won’t go into a lot of detail here about being adaptable. 

Fun Theory - Can Climbing Stairs Be More Fun?

Fun Theory - Can Climbing Stairs Be More Fun?

As Business Analysts and Designers, are we putting the "Fun" into our designs to make them easier to use and more utilized?  Is it possible to take the ordinary and make it extra-ordinary and fun?  Watch this video from Volkswagen on how to take the everyday and turn it into something special - and dare I say it - into fun!

Adaptability: Walking in Someone Else’s Shoes

Adaptability: Walking in Someone Else’s Shoes

To learn more about someone, you need to walk in a mile in their shoes.  Or so the old proverb goes.  Well hopefully not literally walking in someone’s shoes.  I know there are a few pairs of shoes I wouldn’t want to walk in like Bomb Disposal, Neuro Surgery or Manure Spreader.  Walking in the shoes of Broadway Singer, Best Selling Author, and Sci-Fi Geek is more my style. What that proverb is really saying is that if you really want to know and understand someone you need to walk in their shoes or at least follow them around in a non-stalker this-won’t-get-a-restraining-order-put-on-me sort of way.

Scope Visualization: Moving to the Same Beat

Scope Visualization:  Moving to the Same Beat

That beautiful context diagram you created is truly a work of art.  The color, shapes and words all carefully chosen and displayed like the Mona Lisa in Louvre Museum in Paris.  As the old story goes, “You’ll have to forgive me I’m in a hurry – I’m double parked outside the Louvre”.  If you are the least bit French, you’ll get it.  It’s always faster, faster and even faster these days.  So how do you communicate project scope or context in a world where everyone has a 3 second attention span?

Collaborating Large and Small – Sharing Knowledge Far and Wide

Collaborating Large and Small – Sharing Knowledge Far and Wide

Being a good collaborator means sharing the knowledge you have gained, lesson learned and how you overcame roadblocks.  Sharing our knowledge gives our colleagues a leg up so they can learn from our success and failures.  How can you be a better at sharing your ideas to get buy-in and agreement?  Sharing is caring!