One of the most common challenges of any project is bringing disparate parties up to speed on a concept. Colleagues with varying backgrounds often struggle to hear or understand the same thing without several permutations of the message.
As an analyst, an effective means for shortening this cycle is to use an analogy. My favorite (and perhaps overused) example is to try to explain the concept you’re illustrating in terms of pizza.
Why pizza? Well, pizza making is an easy concept to get. Plus, it has many different levels you can apply, including:
- Delivery and logistics
- Manufacturing and materials management
- Purchasing and supplier management
- Sales, marketing, and customer relationship management
- Service levels (from eating at a restaurant to making and cooking at home)
The ability to explain a concept as an analogy is also great practice to making sure you can explain the concept simply. When this is done, common understanding often happens faster.
So the next time you’re struggling to get your point across, think of it in terms of pizza.