Savant Alliance, the firm intent on driving and establishing the business analysis community in Harare, held a one day conference on 8th October 2015 titled the Next Shift where strategist Joe Newbert spoke about how personal competency excellence can spark the growth of the Zimbabwe business analyst profession.
“The situation in Zimbabwe is that enterprises are forced to operate in perpetual project mode,” says Samuel Gazimbi, conference convener and founding partner at Savant Alliance. According to the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe retrenchments quickened by nearly 40% in 2014, with nearly 4000 workers retrenched across all sectors of the economy as company closures accelerated. This is coupled with the International Monetary Fund expecting the economy to further weaken by 3.1%. “With these factors and the harsh competitive environment,
… there is a need for business analysts to take a leadership role in enterprises and ensure business objectives are met and delivered on cost,” says Gazimbi.
Ryan Folster is well known for his standpoint on innovation in business analysis. He addressed conference delegates on becoming a guiding force within organisations to deliver value to their customers. According to Folster, there is a big difference between business analysis and effective business analysis. Performing the latter enables organisations to deliver value to customers.
“Within Zimbabwe, business analysis is providing a platform to build a new tomorrow, one project at a time with technology innovations. As an individual it is difficult to bring about large scale economic change, but as a community working together towards common goals this potential can be achieved. Effective business analysis becomes key in this cycle where adaptability, responsiveness and ability to identify needs and address them with custom solutions is required,” says Folster.
Joe Newbert, change management specialist and Inter-View Report founder addressed the audience on “It’s time for business analysis to come of age”. The talk highlighted that business analysis is still to realise its full potential, dispelled the myths and produced the truths of the profession.
Newbert cites three top reasons for project failure: dysfunctional business/IT relationships, scope changes and lack of business involvement “Project failures are not only expensive, but can have very negative consequences for the reputation of the business and project team. When business analysis is strategically positioned in the business it has the potential for measurable business benefit,” says Newbert.
“Strong evidence directly correlates an organisation’s performance to their level of business analysis maturity, and not to commonly perceived silver bullets such as the latest fad in development methodology or expensive management software.
The journey to organisational maturity is two-fold. Firstly, business analysis must be fully established as a driving discipline, set up to tactically deliver business strategy. Then, those performing business analysis tasks, whether by title or by role, simply have to be professionally adept in its practices,” says Newbert.
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