Should you ask BAs how many projects they DIDN”T work on?

I was speaking to someone about what makes a good BA.

They mentioned the ability to get support for and champion a project. But then I told them my story of the black widow, which I often relate in training courses.

The black widow got her nickname because she “killed” three projects in a row.

The reason she is one of my favourite BAs is that she did not “kill” a project. She simply got her customers to understand what they were getting from a project, what problem they were solving and whether what they were getting was actually a good solution to the problem.

As such, she has actually saved people a lot of money and a lot of pain.

The conversation got me thinking though – if the best BAs are good at helping the business realise when NOT to run a project … and we always interview people about what projects they have gotten up and running … then we are completely missing the good BAs who kill bad ideas.

So from now on I am going to ask all senior BA applicants when they have helped the business to avoid bad projects and money wasting adventures.

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About James King

I coach organisations in how to better make use of the untapped talent they have in their people and to explore new ways of understanding and solving new and old problems I live in Sydney with my wife and daughter and have no real hobbies beyond the usual boring ones of reading, writing and watching tv.
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