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ClockBob the BA here taking a look back at 2011 before we get too far into 2012 where we will boldly go where BA’s have not gone before!  The New Year, a time of renewal and promised change. And generally speaking it is the only time when all creatures on this planet embrace change, but unfortunately not in a sustained fashion (more on this in my next blog as we look forward to 2012).  For now let’s take a brief look back at 2011 from the world we live in to the world we work in.  There was much to celebrate, mourn and marvel at.  Was it a good year for you?

And what did 2011 bring us in the world we live in?  In no particular order:

• The deaths of Kim Jong Il, Moammar Gadhafi and Osama Bin Laden.

• The marriage of a Prince and his Princess in Kate and William.

• Another singer added to the “27 club” RIP Amy Winehouse.

• The courtroom drama of the year with Casey Anthony.

• Katy Perry ties Michael Jackson’s record for most number 1’s on one album.

• The record 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami and tragedy in Japan.

• Two new American Idol judges who ended up more popular than Simon Cowell’s big brag the X Factor

• The “Arab Spring” with uprisings for freedom in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Syria and Libya.

• New tech gadgets changing how we live including an iPhone that talks to you.

• Occupy Wall Street.

• The end of an era including the space shuttle program, Oprah Winfrey, Borders Books, Harry Potter, Steve Jobs and the Iraq withdrawal.

• Grave predictions from the Mayan calendar for 2012.

But what of Business Analysis and the world we work in for 2011 you say?  Again, in no particular order:

• More and more companies get on the Agile bandwagon and we will explore this quite a bit in 2012.

• A very successful Building Business Capabilities conference in Ft. Lauderdale, FL (I was there – where were you?) Oh, and the theme in 2012 is Creating the Agile Enterprise.

• I saw companies changing the way they think about requirements, adapting to the changes that mobile devices (smart phones and tablets) are making in our companies and everyday lives.

• Several successful IIBA Business Analysis Development Day conferences in Minneapolis, Des Moines, Cincy, Omaha (I was there speaking at all of them – where were you? Lol).

• I saw a disturbing trend of people pushing the BA out of the Agile process (a trend we will reverse in 2012 with some good education!).

• Watermark Learning won the PMI Product of the Year Award for their new Project R.E.A.L. class (developed by someone you might know as BobtheBA. Lol, I just had to add that last part you know…). Real experience, applied learning. A new way of looking at training.

• I saw another disturbing trend of companies using workshops as their only method of eliciting requirements (another trend to reverse).

• More companies recognizing the value of the BA and investing in training (which will help reverse those previously mentioned disturbing trends).

• I saw the development of Business Architecture Forums and Enterprise Analysis rising up with a focus on good business cases (a trend that will continue).

• I worked with and saw so many people really take control of their careers this year – people that wanted to become BAs or just improve their careers and did despite the odds because they had passion, drive and understood that they needed to be leaders in their domain. Congrats people, congrats. You know who you are so now go inspire others to greatness as well!

Well, that is just a few of the things that 2011 brought us. Certainly I could go on and on and on. What did you see that we should not forget about 2011? Please feel free to share with everyone! Do you know what you are going to do in 2012? In my next blog I will chat about what 2012 has in store for us and talk a bit about how to sustain that promise of change in the New Year.

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