About

I’m Nick Broom, I live in York, UK and I’m a Business Architect and Analyst by profession. Business Analysis has been my thing since about 2000 and I’ve worked in a number of financial services, legal and regulatory healthcare organisations. I’ve been working on a contract basis since 2005, which has given me the freedom to experience a range of working cultures and practises. I’m a firm believer that I’ve learnt more about my ‘craft’ than I ever would by staying in the same place. I have my own company called Horizon Business Architecture Ltd through which I offer my analysis services. Feel free to take a look at my latest CV/resume.

I started this blog a few years back to capture some of my own thoughts and observations on those things going on in my professional world.

My main interests at work are things like process modelling, data modelling and business rules. But I realised it was something more nebulous than that: I was actually more interested in thinking. “How tangible?” you may say, but what I find most fascinating is observing, time and time again, people’s resistance to change, introduced by new ways of thinking about how we do things in the working environment. Agile versus Waterfall; BPM versus Case Management; wikis versus formal documentation; process quality and consistency versus outcomes to name a few.

Speaking from my own experience, I’ve found that even the slightest change of approach, any challenge to the status quo or incumbent practices is resisted strongly. It’s a natural reaction and I suspect it’s just part of the survival instinct. I’d also suggest that part of it is that, as adults, we get out of the habit of learning. In the working environment, there is such significant focus on delivery (to be expected, shareholders would wonder why if not) that anything that threatens to derail it (even if it would speed up delivery ultimately) is seen as a blocker, not an opportunity.

The purpose of this blog was to talk about some of those things. I was looking to cover things such as the impact of social media on working practices; how traditional roles like the business analyst might change; how technical/product skills operate effectively when used with different project methods. I’ve always done this research and investigation because I enjoy learning new stuff, plain and simple. It was also because it was part of my ethos in constantly improving the work that I do in practice.

If you find it useful and it helps you in your endeavours, that’s great. All I ask is that, if you make use of any of the information, give credit where it’s due 🙂

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