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Friday, September 2, 2016

Reacting to Complaints

Sometimes we have a situation where a particular stakeholder, maybe a manager or a client or customer which makes the issue more difficult, is a complainer. They complain about everything all the time. Some people are simply like that. And we allow for that and tolerated for humor the manager was doing that. But sometimes the complaining gets in the way. When you have a meeting and the first 20 minutes of that hour-long meeting I spent listening to complaints and the last 20 minutes are spent listening to complaints then you were losing quite a bit of time and that is quite a bit of productivity and money. So the question is what can you do about the manager or anyone for that matter who spends an inordinate amount of time complaining?

A complaint always reflects an unmet expectation. Someone expect something to happen and it does not happen, or expect that it shouldn’t happen and it does.

An unmet expectation is a problem. Using Jerry Weinberg’s definition of a problem: “the difference between the way things are and someone’s perception of the way things should be” we can see that an expectation is someone’s perception of the way things should be and that does not match the way things are.

So when a complaint occurs it is a signal, a trigger, to begin a problem solving process.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

bsuiness analyst and domain knowledge

A recent posting came out in favor of the business analyst possessing significant domain knowledge in order to be successful. I don't know if I agree with this. 

Ostensibly a business analyst should not need domain specific knowledge to be a top BA.  What the BA needs is the ability to communicate well in all media to all receivers, and the ability to analyze and think critically: to question and consider.  These traits are hard to learn if you don't come by them naturally, but they can be learned. Domain specific knowledge is easy to learn.