Download free PDF article : “Business Analysis Function – IT or Business Change?”

As business analysts, we are able to add value to a wide variety of projects, whether they are IT projects or pure business change projects. There is an ongoing debate in our profession over where the BA function should sit – whether we should be part of  the IT department, or part of a separate Business Change function.

I spoke about this topic at the European Business Analysis conference 2010, and I have recently written a follow up article.  The article is available to download as a PDF from the downloads section of my blog.

Here is the abstract:

In this article, Adrian Reed discusses the advantages and disadvantages of locating the Business Analysis practice within IT or within a separate Business Change function. He draws on comments and experience from his peers, along with information and opinions captured during the European Business Analysis Conference 2010.

You can download the article for free by clicking the link below:

Business Analysis Function – IT or Business Change? [PDF]

I’d love to hear your opinion on this topic.  Once you’ve read the article, please add your comments by replying to this post below.

Vendor Selection… in the real world

I have recently published an article describing how to use the Request For Information (RFI) and Request For Proposal (RFP) process to select a solution or vendor.  The article is totally free, and is available on the Pragnalysis website. I’d love to hear what you think, so please do get in touch with your thoughts and comments.   Here is an excerpt and link, I hope you find the article useful:

Excerpt:

“When implementing a project, there is often a key decision as to whether to build or buy a solution.  If a solution is available “off the shelf”, then there can be many compelling reasons to consider this.  For example:

1. Implementation time/cost may be less, compared with building a solution in-house

2. It may be possible to benefit from “best in breed”, tried and tested functionality which has evolved over many releases

3. There is the possibility to adopt industry best practices

4.  Many vendors offer a good level of support, with solutions that are well documented.

The challenge can be knowing which software package to buy.   Often there will be many Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) packages within a particular area, each of which has slightly different functionality.   You may also have the choice of adopting a paid-for solution (where there will be varying licensing options), or opting for an open source solution.

Each solution will have its pros and cons, and it’s important to know these in advance before spending time and money implementing the solution.   This article outlines some key steps that are required in order to select a COTS package, using the Request for Information (RFI) and Request for Proposal (RFP) process.”

Read the rest of the article by clicking on the link below:

http://www.pragnalysis.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=89:vendorselection&catid=38&Itemid=79

Or download the article as a PDF from the downloads section of this website

Asking provocative questions to encourage lateral thinking

I’m pleased to say that my most recent blog article has been published on “Bridging-the-gap.com”, where I have contributed as a guest author.    I’d love to hear what you think, so please feel free to make a comment on the site, or contact me directly. Here is an excerpt and link:

Excerpt:

“At the start of many projects we are in a state of natural ignorance, as we don’t yet know what we don’t know.  This is especially true when defining a problem or strategy or eliciting requirements.  It is extremely valuable to uncover as much relevant information early in a project’s lifecycle, so that we can ensure that the project is set on the right track.

It is important to ask the right questions early on. This encourages our stakeholders to approach the problem-space in a thoughtful and creative way….”

Read the rest of the article by clicking on the link below:

http://www.bridging-the-gap.com/asking-provocative-questions-to-encourage-lateral-thinking/