Analytical Thinking is required by BA’s to analyse problems and opportunities effectively, identify which change may deliver the most value and make stakeholders understand the impact of these changes.
BA’s use analytical thinking by rapidly assimilating various types of information. They should be able to quickly choose effective and adaptable methods to learn and analyse media, audiences, problem types and environments.
It facilitates understanding of situations and other complex ideas.
It allows to identify the best ways to present information to stakeholders.
Its core competencies include
Thinking creatively and helping others also to think this way helps to generate new ideas for problem solving and opportunities.
Definition -It questions conventional approaches
Purpose-Understand criteria involved in making decision and help others.
Definition-Involves gathering relevant information, analysing it, making comparisons and trade offs between similar and dissimilar options and identifying most desirable. They are even documented to be used as a reference in similar event or explain its rationale.
Purpose-Ability to quickly absorb new and different types of information and also modify and adapt existing knowledge allows BA’s to work effectively in rapidly changing and evolving environments.
Definition-Learning is improved when learning technique is selected based on required learning outcomes.
Most people experience faster understanding and longer retention of information when more than one learning technique is used.
Effectiveness Measures-Learning is a process for all stakeholders.
Purpose-BA’s define and opportunities solve problems in order to ensure that real underlying root cause of a problem is understood by all stakeholders and solution options address the root cause.
Definition-Stakeholder point of view are articulated and addressed to understand any conflicts between goals and objectives of different groups of stakeholders
Effective Measures-New solution option can be evaluated effectively using the problem solving framework.
Purpose Understanding how people process and technology within an organization interact allows BA’s to understand the enterprise from a holistic point of view.
Definition-These factors are not predictable from an understanding of the components alone.
Effectiveness Measures-Communicating how systems adapt to interval or external pressures and changes.
Purpose It is applied to find ways to understand how information fits into larger picture,what is important and connect seemingly abstract information.
Definition-Linking factors not easily defined to underlying problem or opportunity models or frameworks that help stakeholders understand and facilitate themselves and others through change.
Effectiveness Measures-Drawing on past experiences to understand the situation.
Purpose-Ability to communicate complex concepts and models into understandable visual representations allows BA’s to engage stakeholders and help them understand the concepts being presented.
Definition-Visual Thinking is visualizing and creating simple visual concepts graphics models, diagrams and constructs to convey and integrate non visual information.
Effectiveness Measures-Productivity increases due to increased learning, quick memory and follow through from effective visuals.