The Importance of Innovative Thinking in Business Analysis

While it is easy to assume that our role as Business Analysts is entirely driven by process – and, let me be clear, processes are a large component of our jobs – there is a large degree of creativity and innovation involved in what we do. We bring organizations new and fresh ideas for processes and products, solutions to problems that they’re experiencing, and creative ways that they can optimize their business.

I was reminded of this after reading an article based on an interview between Koryn Anderson (of the International Insitute of Business Analysis (IIBA) Global Chapter Council) and Professor Carlos José Locoselli, Director of Education for the IIBA Brazil Chapter. In the article, Anderson reminds us of the popular Ralph Waldo Emerson quote:

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”