Business Analysis

Business Analysis enables change by defining needs and recommending solutions that deliver value to stakeholders.*

A member of IIBA, I view projects through the filter of the Business Analysis Competency Model (diagram below). This perspective works from 6 major Functions, through 6 key Competencies to a host of Techniques. My areas of expertise focus on:

  • Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring
  • Elicitation and Collaboration
  • Strategy Analysis
  • Solution Evaluation

My experience in product and marketing management, start-ups and special projects, enables real-world analysis that can help you confirm assumptions, design robust solutions and facilitate successful implementations.

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The IIBA Business Analysis Competency Model

*IIBA Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide), the essential standard to deliver business value and create better business outcomes.

Do You Have the Courage to Doubt?

Do you have the courage to question your own understanding of the world, doubting a cherished belief that may not be supported by evidence? Would you be a better leader, team member and citizen if you did? Researcher Brendan Nyhan seems to have this kind of courage.

FacingFactsWordCloud4Nyhan was one of the researchers whose work evolved into the popular backfire effect, a widely reported behavior where once a person forms a belief, then offering objective evidence to the contrary causes the person to dig in their heels and defend the belief even more firmly. Now, Nyhan is considering new research that may refute the backfire effect.

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What Combat Tracking Taught Me About Project Management

Let me be clear from the start. I don’t have any military service and don’t claim any expertise in combat tracking (aka tactical or mantracking).  Tracking skills are developed over years of practice and use just as other skills are honed.

The author, front row, center

My exposure to tracking occurred while I was a member of a civilian Search & Rescue (SAR) groups in the northeast US.  A diverse group of volunteers from carpenters to corporate attorneys, we were trained in map-reading, first-aid skills, the Incident Command System (ICS), and various search methods. When someone went into the woods and didn’t come out, we would be activated to go find them.

I jumped at the opportunity to train with one of the most respected combat trackers in the world and classmates from the military and law enforcement.  My thinking was that if I could learn tracking under difficult conditions then I would be a better civilian SAR member.

After a couple days in the woods getting dirty and soaked while tracking and being tracked by professionals, what did I learn by this experience that can possibly apply to Project Management?

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