If you haven’t read it yet, last month Modern Analyst published an article by Adrian Reed titled The Crucial Art of Pre-Project Problem Analysis that I really, really, really recommend you read.
The article talks about how BA’s can add value both inside and outside of the project environment. It’s relatively short but it speaks to issues I have seen over and over again; and that other BA’s I have spoken to have mentioned many times as well. So it really speaks to issues that I think are important to all BA’s whether you are a “project” BA or not.
The four main sections of the article give you a good idea of what it covers. Those are:
- The ‘First Solution Trap’
- What problem are we trying to solve?
- What Are the desired outcomes
- What is the current state? Understanding the problem (and its root causes)
So if you have a bit of time to spare, give it a read. In my opinion, it’s definitely worth your time.