No matter what your organization does, you face constant change. Change comes from all around us. It comes at us from our environment, the technologies we use, our customers, competitors, and suppliers. Our entire value chain or ecosystem changes at an ever increasing rate. No organization has the luxury of standing still in today’s world.
For us, the challenge is getting ahead of the changing environment, and to be the one who shape the future, not the ones shaped by it. In her latest article at BA Times, Kathleen (Kitty) Hass challenges business analysts to become strategic executors of change.
Hass tells us to think strategically and holistically, and always communicate business value.
It is critical for the BA Practice Lead to think and communicate holistically. In the context of business, holistic thinking takes into account the purpose, values, function, process, and structure of the organization. Holistic thinking forms the basis for everything BA Practice Leads do:
- Examining a complex system
- Developing the business design structure, the business model
- Problem solving
- Forming and executing strategy
- Communicating strategically
The whole article is definitely worth a read. Kathleen B. Hass “Communicating Strategically – It’s Like Stakeholder Management on Steroids