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Interview: Systems Thinking & Pre-Project Problem Analysis

  • Adrian Reed 
  • 1 min read

At the recent Building Business Capability conference, Filip Hendrickx of Altershape recorded a short interview, where we discussed the relevance of Pre-Project Problem Analysis and Systems Thinking for business analysis.

You can watch the recording below, I hope that you find it interesting/useful!



NB: If these topics are of interest, be sure to check out our Pre-project Problem Analysis and Systems Thinking training courses


Webinar Recording: Systems Thinking – A Crucial BA Skill in an Uncertain World

I recently presented a webinar, hosted by IIBA®, focussing on the importance of systems thinking.  The webinar is entitled Systems Thinking: A Crucial BA Skill in an Uncertain World and I’m pleased to say that the recording is available to watch below. The recording is around an hour long, so grab a coffee, sit back and enjoy.  I hope that you find the webinar interesting!

(NB: If you find this webinar useful, you may be interested in our Systems Thinking Course)

Webinar Description

It has often been said that we live in an increasingly volatile, complex and ambiguous world. The external business environment is complex and fast-moving, yet often our stakeholders are blindsided by ‘silver-bullet’ solutions that assume a neat linear relationship between cause and effect.

In reality, things are rarely neat and linear. More often we’ll find that situations are devilishly difficult, requiring us to understand and engage with a whole range of messy interconnected issues and perspectives.

In this practical presentation, Adrian Reed discusses the importance of systems thinking in business analysis. During the presentation you will hear:

  • What systems thinking ‘is’, why it matters, and the conditions in which it can be relevant in an analysis environment
  • A range of practical techniques from the world of systems thinking that have direct applicability in the BA world
  • How systems thinking and systems practice, when embraced by a range of complementary practitioners and stakeholders, can help an organisation ‘learn’

[Video] The Indispensable BA and the Surprising Truth: You Work In Sales — Adrian Reed at BA Summit Southern Africa 2016

I’m very pleased to say that my presentation at BA Summit Southern Africa (2016) entitled “The Indispensable BA and the Surprising Truth: You Work In Sales” was recorded.   You can watch the session below, which is around 41 minutes long.  A massive thank you to the conference team for videoing the session, and for providing me with a copy!

 

Here is a brief abstract describing the session:

Business analysis is an essential discipline for organisational success. Our discipline spans not just projects, but also the definition of strategy and much more. As organisations mature, BAs are often seen as internal consultants acting as a liaison amongst stakeholders and our scope for engagement widens.

As this happens, the skill-set and capabilities required by BAs and BA teams subtly shifts. We might not be guaranteed early engagement on every project and proving our worth becomes essential. The art of sales—building awareness and interest in the holistic nature of the consultant analysis services we provide—becomes paramount.

In this presentation, Adrian Reed will explore the importance of softer “sales” skills, avoiding the clichéd “shiny-teeth-and-cufflinks” sales approaches that we all dislike. You’ll hear practical tips including how to:

  • Gain wider engagement for the team by articulating a BA value proposition
  • Sell the benefits of engaging an internal consultant business analyst
  • Foster and manage ongoing stakeholder relationships

If you are interested in the topics discussed in this video, you might find my follow up article “we all work in sales” interesting too.

‘And Then The Magic Happens’: What BAs Can Learn From The World of Magic

  • Adrian Reed 
  • 2 min read

I’m very pleased to say that my recent presentation at the BA Conference Europe entitled ‘And Then The Magic Happens’: What BAs Can Learn From The World of Magic was recorded.   You can view the presentation below, complete with slides and audio — in total it’s just over 45 minutes long. I hope you find the… 

Strategy: The Crucial Enabler

I’m very pleased to say that my recent presentation at the Building Business Capability Conference entitled Strategy: The Crucial Enabler was recorded.   You can view the presentation below, complete with slides and audio — in total it’s around 55 minutes long.   Here is a brief description of the session: The words “strategy” and “strategic” are frequently… 

Helping Stakeholders to Take a Step Back and Avoid the “Solution Illusion” : Webinar recording available

  • Adrian Reed 
  • 3 min read

I recently presented a webinar, hosted by IRM UK, focussing on the importance of avoiding early solutioneering during projects.  The webinar is entitled Helping Stakeholders to Take a Step Back and Avoid the “Solution Illusion” and I’m pleased to say that the recording is available to watch below. The recording is around an hour long, so grab a coffee, sit back and enjoy!