When you first started watching the show, you probably thought it was a show all about taming the dog, right? But after a few episodes, you realized the show is as much about training the owners as it is about taming the dog. While the Dog Whisper uses many techniques to modify the dog's behavior, one of the key components of his approach is to teach the owner how to respect the nature of the dog - in order to gain the dog's respect. This key principle is what supports the owner in helping the dog achieve what the Dog Whisperer calls a “calm, submissive” state.
As business analysis and project management practitioners, we can learn a lot from the Dog Whisperer's approach. When we find ourselves in this type of situation - where we are trying to tame a pack of wild requirements - we need to first make sure we have the right mindset. That is, we must respect the nature of requirements in order to get those requirements to a calm, submissive state.
Guest Blogger, 2013 Project World & World Congress for Business Analysts