by Kitty Hass and Lori Lindbergh, PhD
We know it can be very difficult to get approval to invest time and resources into building a mature BA Practice. Executives often think this can be done with existing resources. There are many reasons why this approach almost always fails:
- Existing resources may not have the knowledge and skills to build a mature BA Practice.
- Existing resources are often over-allocated.
- The change is often trivialized, and therefore, no change management plan exists.
- All BA stakeholders are not involved in planning and executing the change effort.
- A BA capability assessment is not performed, so it is unclear which foundational practices are flawed, and therefore should be improved first.
To embark upon a BA Practice Maturity Program it is necessary for you to start with a BA Assessment to truly understand the current state and the recommended improvements for the near term. To propose the BA Assessment, build a solid business case for the effort. Elements of the business case should include the following:
1 Executive Summary
2 Business Need
2.1 Assessment Drivers and Expectations
2.2 Business Goals and Objectives
2.4 Opportunity Analysis
2.4.1 Business Problem
2.4.2 Business Opportunity
2.4.3 Desired Outcome
3 Capability Gaps
3.1 Current Capabilities
3.2 New Capabilities Required
4 Solution Approach
4.1 Potential Options
4.2 Feasibility Analysis of Options Considered
5 Recommended Solution Scope
5.3 Implementation Approach
6 Business Case
As with any project investment, without a strong business case, you will most likely have difficulty obtaining the support you need to achieve success. If you would like a sample business case for a BA Assessment, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.