Analysts are inherently problem solvers. A couple of days ago, I came across a resource that appears, at first blush at least, to be indispensable for analysts when solving problems related to organizations and groups of people. Chris McGoff identified a set of patterns about group behavior that help to address team or organizational problems. He called these patterns PRIMES. You can read about all of these patterns in his book The PRIMES How Any Group Can Solve Any Problem or his website theprimes.com.
I mentioned one of the primes in my post What Size is Your Hat – Wearing the Organizational Big Hat. Based on the few PRIMES I’ve looked at so far, I see a lot of value in understanding these patterns for analysts who deal with organizational change. If you have been following work coming out of IIBA lately, this is all of us.
As I read through his book, I’ll post other thoughts as to how PRIMES may relate to analysts in their efforts to help organizations change through solving their problems. I’d be curious to hear other’s thoughts on the PRIMES and how they may relate to analysis.