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Hello to all you crazy passionate practitioners and supporters of business analysis! Welcome to Bob The BA’s slightly askew, often strange but BACOE Planet Graphictrue and informative business analysis planetoid (a bit cramped but I can’t afford a large planet). No matter what I write, perspicacious or preposterous (two words one should never use in a requirements specification) I want to hear from you; your opinions, your experience, your insights. Why? Because we all learn from the collective whole – the different knowledge, behaviors and experience each of us brings to the table makes us stronger.

So what is a Blogisode? Well, it is a cross between a blog and an episode. Think somewhere between a serial and a soap opera (Flash Gordon meets the Guiding Light). Danger! Drama! Adventure! Thrills! And let me tell you, I speak from experience that there can be a lot of drama and thrills on the journey to Business Analysis Maturity while creating a Business Analysis Center of Excellence. So every two weeks for the next several months you will see a new Blogisode on BACOEs and Business Analysis maturity. Months? Yep – in soap opera proportions.

So you may have heard about BACOEs (Business Analysis Center of Excellence) (should blogisodes have glossaries?) or talked to colleagues about the level of business analysis maturity in your organization. What are they? Why do we need it? The simple truth is that in our ever changing economy and hyper-competitive work environments, we need to find ways to both standardize and be flexible at the same time to maximize the value of what we do. A BA Center of Excellence is a great foundation to drive your business analysis maturity. If you have found that your organization lacks standards, best practices, governance, pay-for-performance competency measurements, change management components, and more – you are probably a candidate for a BACOE to help drive maturity.

There are many paths to business analysis enlightenment (maturity). It just depends on how “enlightened” you or your organization wants to be. To start your journey you must first ask yourself some very simple questions. Why? Why is that? Why would we need to do that? Why is that? And of course… wait for it… yep, you guessed it… WHY! Get to the root of your problem with the five why’s of root cause analysis. Only then grasshopper should you proceed to enlightenment armed with the knowledge of WHY you need maturity. Think of this just like creating a business case for your organization’s maturity. This will turn into a project funded or not. This will take time. This could change your life!

Okay, blogisode one is already done (space limitations you know). Let me know where you think this journey is going to go, what you want or need to get out of it. Thanks!

Next Blogisode: Maturity is easy, it’s the getting started that’s hard! OR… How I learned to stop worrying about BA maturity and love the bomb!

6 thoughts on “BA Centers of Excellence Blogisode 1: Why do you need Business Analysis Maturity? OR… Welcome to my Planetoid!

  1. Thank you for the reply! Kathleen has been a leader in the BACOE arena for many years. In fact, I read that article several years ago as I was first embarking on setting up my own BACOE where I worked at the time. It is a great foundational article and everyone should definitely read it. Some of the things that we will explore through my blogisodes though will shed some light on where theory stops and real life application starts. There are many hidden things that only experience can tell us. Things like cultural evaluation – determining how much of a BACOE is right for you and your organization. It is simply not practical to implement everything. Also, understanding how long the BACOE concept might be good for. They actually can have a limited lifespan. And much more. Thanks again for sharing the article with us and look forward to more comments in the future!

  2. You’re blog couldn’t be more welcoming!

    In my organization the BAs seem to be left out.. The bottle necks of the projects so to speak. I want to change that, I want to have a BACoE and have it Recognized. I know this isn’t going to be easy but with a lot of time, effort and much needed training, I know we need this and we can accomplish it. It is funny I stumbled over your blog. I was beginning to think I need to change careers but now I’m on a mission to expanding the one I have.


    • Laurie,
      Thank you for the reply and I am glad that you have found a new mission to improving and strengthening BAs everywhere. You are about to embark on a challenging and rewarding journey. The creation and pursuit of a BACoE was one of my most rewarding efforts in my career. I wish you great success! If you ever want to chat about the process feel free to reach out to me.
      Take care,

      • Hi Bob, we met at BBC 2012, when I returned I realized our company was starting a CoE. I have positioned myself to be part of this exciting process. We seem to be doing allot of things right based on what I have researched only after a couple months. I am still finding out what level of sponsorship we have, but my question is how important is it to have people solely working as a resource on the BA CoE? No one is full time to the CoE at our company, rather most of the BA’s involved are available anywhere from 10% to 30% of their time.

        • Allan,
          Thanks for the question. Of course the answer is… it depends. So many questions… How much are you trying to tackle? Do you have a PMO? Are you doing competency? Is everyone onboard with the idea that everyone will have additional time invested in their current roles? Has management bought off on $$$? There are a lot of different ways to run a COP/COE. Centralized, distributed, shared, hybrid. What it really comes down to is what your organization wants to achieve and then match up the benefits, costs, resources and determine the best approach. I am oversimplifying here but you probably get the idea. You have to treat this like a project. When you get a handle on scope you can start thinking about your resource plan. It is exciting and I am glad you have an opportunity to be a part of it. Have fun!

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