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What i learned about business analysis by watching the matrix movie

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Valuable lessons for the Business Analyst from the Matrix Movie trilogy.

Valuable lessons for the Business Analyst from the Matrix Movie trilogy.

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  • 1. What I learned about BusinessAnalysis by watching the Matrix movie Copyrights (c) 2012 Pragmatic Cohesion Consulting 1
  • 2. What I learned about Business Analysis by watching the Matrix movie The Matrix Business AnalysisThe Question: What is the Matrix? Why do IT Projects often fail?The Truth: an enduring conflict; Man and The Truth: People tend to have great beliefMachines are at war. in stories that have very little evidence to support them.The Dream World (the Matrix): an A peculiarity of the human mind: theillusion/simulation placed in our minds to confidence that people have in theirblind us from the Truth. beliefs is a judgment of the coherence of the story that the mind manages to construct with little or no sensitivity to the information it does not have. The image of reality that we keep in our minds can be severely biased and can ultimately blind us from the truth. Copyrights (c) 2012 Pragmatic Cohesion 2 Consulting
  • 3. What I learned about Business Analysis by watching the Matrix movie The Matrix Business AnalysisThe Agents: Gate Keepers totally Each individual’s: background, personality,dedicated to keeping humans enslaved goals, opinions, and expectations. Theseinside the Matrix by making sure that characteristics work relentlessly tothey totally believe that the simulation is maintain an individual’s confidence in hisreal. current beliefs. Copyrights (c) 2012 Pragmatic Cohesion 3 Consulting
  • 4. What I learned about Business Analysis by watching the Matrix movie The Matrix Business AnalysisBecoming the One: The One battled the The impact of effective Business Analysis:Agents to death and through this painful Business analysts must face and overcomeprocess he gained intimate awareness of the natural predispositions of stakeholdersthe artificiality of the Matrix. that hold them hostage to their individual ‘dream worlds’. Business Analysts must bring to the surface all discrepancies between stakeholders’ goals, opinions, and expectations. Then it must skillfully lead them to a proper consensus on what they should be and what an acceptable solution is. Copyrights (c) 2012 Pragmatic Cohesion 4 Consulting
  • 5. What I learned about Business Analysis by watching the Matrix movie The Matrix Business AnalysisThe Power of the one: because of his Like the one, the Business Analyst (BA) mustintimate awareness of the artificiality of have a keen awareness of the natural tendencythe matrix, the one could exert of stakeholders to build somewhat ‘artificial’ stories in their minds that may not incorporateunparalleled control over it. accurate and pertinent information. The BA must scrutinize any information provided to him from stakeholders and facilitate an open discussion around them to reach consensus. It is such keen awareness from the BA that allows him/her to guide Business Requirements elicitation meetings to satisfactory conclusions. It also allows him to later analyze, validate and verify all information gathered. Copyrights (c) 2012 Pragmatic Cohesion 5 Consulting
  • 6. What I learned about Business Analysis by watching the Matrix movie The Matrix Business AnalysisThe power of the One also allowed him to Furthermore, the BA’s awareness mustinfluence machines outside of the Matrix. include a substantial amount of Empathy for each Stakeholder to really understand them and accurately capture their opinions. This also contributes to earning long lasting trust from stakeholders that spans beyond Business elicitation meetings into other phases of the SDLC. Copyrights (c) 2012 Pragmatic Cohesion 6 Consulting
  • 7. What I learned about Business Analysis by watching the Matrix movie The Matrix Business AnalysisThe One sees the future: the One evolved When Business Analysis is properlyto the point where he could see future performed its artifacts become powerfulevents with remarkable accuracy inside planning tools. For example, by correctlyand outside the Matrix and timely specifying the Requirements of an acceptable solution (a.k.a. scoping-the first piece of the Project Management Iron Triangle), it greatly improves accurately planning delivery dates and cost (the other two components of the Project Management Iron Triangle). Copyrights (c) 2012 Pragmatic Cohesion 7 Consulting
  • 8. What I learned about Business Analysis by watching the Matrix movie The Matrix Business AnalysisThe Architect: the Ultimate Agent and the The Architect represents a situation whereEmbodiment of Control a Stakeholder is so deeply entrenched in his/her dream world that the best Business Analyst (and many before him) could not reach out to him/her.The Merovingian: when the One breaks When Business Analysis goes horriblybad wrong -no further comments!Déjà vu: When unexpected changes are Déjà vu is the Resistance to changemade to the Matrix by Agents to fight the Business Analysts face.TruthCypher: embodiment of betrayal A stakeholder too afraid to embrace the Truth for very questionable reasons Copyrights (c) 2012 Pragmatic Cohesion 8 Consulting
  • 9. What I learned about Business Analysis by watching the Matrix movie The Matrix Business AnalysisMorpheus: Faithful believer in the Pragmatic Cohesion among other Businessprophecy of the return of the One Analysis consulting organizations.Trinity: the One’s true love Outstanding Business Analysts are Saints: yes I said it!Déjà vu: When unexpected changes are Déjà vu is the Resistance to changemade to the Matrix by Agents to fight the Business Analysts face.Truth Zion: Hope for redemption IAG, IIBA, PMI, INCOSE Copyrights (c) 2012 Pragmatic Cohesion 9 Consulting
  • 10. For Comments and Questions contact didier@pragmaticohesion.com Copyrights (c) 2012 Pragmatic Cohesion 10 Consulting

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