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.