In my line of work I often find myself talking about the “big picture” in relation to systems development. On occasion people ask me to explain what I mean by the big picture. Imagine a pile of puzzle pieces, each piece represents something connected to our business and our environment.
Seeing the big picture is having an ability to look at a pile of puzzle pieces and know what the puzzle looks like without putting it together. It’s a visionary thing. In other words, knowing how the pieces connect and work together.
In my case, that ability comes from being in business 30 years and studying each piece individually and understanding the impact each piece has on other pieces; the good pieces, the bad pieces and the gold pieces.
A disciplined analytical process allows the discovery of which pieces are irrelevant, unnecessary, obsolete, a waste of time, or have little impact, etc.