Interview: Curtis Michelson on Innovation and Culture

Curtis headshot AltIn today’s blog post, we break from our usual format to bring you an interview with Curtis Michelson, a consultant specialising in business analysis, architecture and change.  Curtis’ career has spanned a wide range of industries from mobile apps to pharmaceuticals, and now heads-up Minds-Alert LLC, an innovative consulting company based in Florida, USA.

I first met Curtis when we were both blogging for  Since then, I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with Curtis on a number of projects and have always enjoyed his innovative style.

I recently caught up with Curtis for a ‘virtual’ chat and he shared some really useful insight:

Curtis, thanks for agreeing to be interviewed! So, tell us a little about your background….

We have an expression here in the States that might be apt – I’m a “jack of all trades, master of none”.  Though I dislike the pejorative connotation of mastery over nothing, I’ve made peace with my Jack’ness and found its strength by realizing that curiosity and adaptability bode quite well for living in fast changing times.

Lately I’ve been doing some business model concept work for a large non-profit association of publishers here in the States and bringing some strategic support to a local group called GameChanger Orlando.  And of course there’s IIBA and my local Orlando chapter, where I have worked in the Marketing role, then as Chapter president and now peacefully enjoying retirement as Past-President with Corona beer in hand in Acapulco.

Ha, just kidding! They’ll never let me go.


You’ve always struck me as a really innovative person. How would you describe innovation, and how does it fit within the discipline of business analysis?

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Announcement: BA Conference Europe 2016 — See You There?

As many of you know, I’m enthusiastically believe in the value that good quality Business Analysis can bring, and I love speaking, writing and presenting on this and many other topics! In a break from my normal ‘blog style, I have a very quick update for you.

I’m really excited to announce I’ll be speaking at the BA Conference Europe 2016. My presentation is entitled “And then the Magic Happens”: What BAs can Learn from the World of Magic.

Attending the conference is always one of the highlights of my year, as it provides a real melting pot of ideas. It’s a great place to meet other BAs and exchange knowledge. There are fantastic presentations from real-world practitioners, and there’s also the opportunity to relax and chat over a beer (or two) after the conference has closed. If you haven’t been before, I’d highly recommend taking a look.

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The conference is being held in London, from 19 – 21 September. You can find full details of the conference here:

And if you’re on Twitter, you can keep tabs on the preparations for the conference (and the conference itself) using the #BA2016 hasthag.

I hope to see you there…

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Adrian Reed

Principal Consultant

Blackmetric Business Solutions

PS — if you can’t make it to London, I’m equally excited to say I’ll be presenting at BA Summit in South Africa earlier in September with a tutorial entitled “Pre-Project Problem Analysis” and a conference session entitled “The Indispensable BA and the Surprising Truth: You Work In Sales!” as well as at BBC Conference in Las Vegas, USA on 31st October running a workshop entitled “Strategic Business Analysis: Identifying the Business Need Before the Project Starts”and again on 3rd November with a session entitled “And Then The Magic Happens”: What BAs Can Learn from the world of Magic”.  Hope to see you there!