Business Analysis and the Imperial Faberge Easter Egg
Business analysis on a Microsoft Dynamics NAV implementation can be considered the ultimate Easter egg hunt. Identifying, refining, and communicating business, stakeholder, and solution requirements with stakeholders on a project can be an exciting and stimulating activity for the business analyst, who can at times feel like a kid, while working as an adult. The business analyst never knows what special delights might be uncovered while performing an analysis for a client.
In 1887 the Tsar Alexander III gave the House of Faberge complete design freedom on an Easter egg as a gift for his wife, the Empress Maria. Not even the Tsar himself knew what the Easter egg would look like before it was delivered for Easter. The imperial Easter eggs were made of precious metals or hard stones decorated with combinations of enamel and gem stones. The tradition of the surprise Easter egg continued until the October Revolution.
Surprise Faberge Imperial Easter eggs exist today at all companies across the world; one just needs to spend some time and a little elbow grease to uncover them through stakeholder elicitation. Senior business analysts typically discover Imperial Easter eggs in the form of business needs. Elements of business needs, identified in the form of business goals and objectives are when properly stated, validated, and documented pure gold for a company striving to understand the ends that the organization is seeking to achieve. Business problems and opportunities, as elicited from stakeholders are gems to the business analyst attempting to give true meaning to a client’s business needs.
This Easter, imagine finding your client’s Faberge Imperial Easter egg through business analysis and stakeholder elicitation. You might just enjoy and delight in excitement of the moment.