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Don’t Fear the Blank Canvas

A project begins with untested assumptions, competing options, diverging opinions about product scope and so on. Creating visual models that show the “why, who, how and what” of the problem being addresses can facilitate the process of getting to better solutions faster — even without sufficient knowledge to get them right the first time around.


Adriana Beal

IT Business Consultant

Adriana Beal has spent the last 15 years helping Fortune 100 companies, …

“Many painters are afraid in front of the blank canvas, but the blank canvas is afraid of the real, passionate painter who dares and who has broken the spell of `you can't' once and for all.”  —  Vincent van Gogh, in a letter to his brother Theo (October 1884)

Like painters who are afraid of the blank canvas, many business analysts fail to achieve top performance because of their fear of making mistakes. This fear leads to many problems, from analysis paralysis to a self-fulfilling prophecy — by being afraid of being wrong, analysts shy away from explorations that would lead to better solutions.

The types of problems we try to solve …



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