I have worked with a lot of people who are in IT. Not a day goes by when I don’t hear something to the tune of “well, if the business people would just give us clear requirements, we could build that.”
Listen up IT employees: YOU can help drive business change. YOU are empowered. YOU are smart. Don’t just wait for someone else to come up with the full design of what they want to build. Engage them. Drive them. Make them think. Most of all, let them use your expertise and insight.
People that are responsible for P&L and functional design want to know the consequences of key IT decisions. Be a stakeholder in that conversation and any product that you jointly build will turn out much better.
Whether you’re a project manager, business analyst, developer, or engineer — YOU’RE a stakeholder. Treat yourself as such and drive the conversation…you WILL make a difference.