Recommended Reading: The Crucial Art of Pre-Project Problem Analysis

If you haven’t read it yet, last month Modern Analyst published an article by Adrian Reed titled The Crucial Art of Pre-Project Problem Analysis that I really, really, really recommend you read.

The article talks about how BA’s can add value both inside and outside of the project environment.  It’s relatively short but it speaks to issues I have seen over and over again; and that other BA’s I have spoken to have mentioned many times as well.  So it really speaks to issues that I think are important to all BA’s whether you are a “project” BA or not.

The four main sections of the article give you a good idea of what it covers.  Those are:

  1. The ‘First Solution Trap’
  2. What problem are we trying to solve?
  3. What Are the desired outcomes
  4. What is the current state? Understanding the problem (and its root causes)

So if you have a bit of time to spare, give it a read.  In my opinion, it’s definitely worth your time.

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