The Efficient Business Analyst Adapts Like Flowing Water
Business analysis is all about understanding the structure, policies, and operations of an organization and then recommending a solution that enables the organization to achieve its goals, in other words business analysis is about maximizing the efficiency of an organization through the recommendation of a solution.
Miyamoto Musashi is considered one of the greatest swordsman and warriors of all times, born around 1584 in the Harima Province of Japan, Musashi at the early age of 13 demonstrated extraordinary skill at the duel and eventually went on to win over 60 duels; he never lost a duel. Musashi was the founder of the Hyōhō Niten Ichi-ryū type of swordsmanship, and was the author of the The Book of Five Rings where one of the chapters titled the “Book of Water” is dedicated to strategy.
The “Book of Water” describes factors that a warrior should take into consideration, such as spirituality, religion, and one’s outlook on life. Water describes flexibility, water takes the easiest path downhill that flows and shifts based upon circumstances of the terrain; water is efficient. Musashi believed that a warrior should also be able to be flexible and adapt to the circumstances presented with changes in methods, options, and disciplines. Musashi believed that a warrior that demonstrated flexibility would be efficient in life.
The business analyst, just like Musashi warrior follows the flow of water and maximizes flexibility in order to deliver efficient solutions to Microsoft Dynamics implementations. Each new Dynamics implementation has unique circumstances in the form of constraints, risks, culture, and requirements that must be considered when identifying a solution or solution components.
The efficient business analyst identifies the unique characteristics of an organization, then flows and adapts like water running downhill to achieve the goals and objectives of an organization.