Great read! From a business analysis (BA) perspective this would be nirvana. Imagine – the expectation is set from the top down, enforced and aligned to. Business Analysts are perfectly positioned to support the business and cross functional teams in preparing this kind of document. They can utilize many tools from the BA kit: facilitation, elicitation, root cause analysis, requirements definition, decomposition, problem solving, brain storming and process analysis. And I’m sure there are many others not even listed! The narrative also has some SWOT components which are also very valuable when weighing solution options. More often, the pros and cons of each solution option left out of the analysis presentation. Though they can be some of the most critical data points needed to make an informed decision.
It also seems very effective to give meeting participants the opportunity to read the document immediately before the discussion. With this approach people aren’t relying on a memory of what they read, it’s all fresh. There are meetings where a person’s recollection of the content of a document isn’t correct and it really derails the meeting and wastes precious time. And time is money. The trick may be getting everyone to show up on time and not skip the “read time” or “other task” during the first 20 minutes.
What do you think?!