Enable The Change You Want To See

A Guide to Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK) defines business analysis as, “the practice of enabling change in an enterprise by defining needs and recommending solutions to deliver value to the stakeholders.

I love the words: “the practice of enabling change.” As you lead your projects, you are going into the world and enabling a change to happen. It might be that you are working on a freelance project that you have to deliver to a client. You might be responsible for a multi-million dollar project that will benefit thousands of people. Either way, your job is to make a change possible. You will enable the change.

You will enable change by listening to people to understand what is truly valuable in this project. You will drive forward to break the inertia around a problem. Your work is to create an environment where the transformation you seek will happen naturally. You will cast a vision, encourage alignment of work, seek input and define exactly what needs to be done, get everyone to agree on what needs to be done and give everyone to motivation and time to execute the work that will solidify the change.

Does it sound like an impossible task? Maybe it is. But to make it possible, you need to focus on the change that you are making, and how you are enabling it. If you are working for a client, delivering the completed website isn’t your project, providing a better customer experience for their customers is the change that you are trying to make. If you are constructing a house, the walls and roof aren’t the projects. Having a beautiful anchor for a new neighbourhood is. Your job is to enable the change from no neighbourhood to the first seed planted.

Spend time thinking about the change you want to enable. Then think about who you need to reach out and help to enable that change.