BiSL vs. BiSL Next
Discussions with participants in our training sessions have shown that there is some confusion about the correct assessment of the BiSL and BiSL Next frameworks. To take away this ambiguity, we share Capgemini Academy's vision on this subject.
BiSL has been around for years and is a great framework to provide tools for professionals who are responsible for the business interests regarding operational and tactical information requirements as the primary task. BiSL describes many processes for this purpose. These operational and tactical processes are available at a reasonably detailed level. BiSL also gives direction to what we would call the strategic level. This concerns the future information requirement and the assurance of the information provision organization. These topics are limited in BiSL to the naming of several areas. So there was room for improvement.
The original intention of the creators of BiSL-NEXT was to modernize BiSL and realize a replacement for BiSL. However, the content of BiSL-NEXT at operational and tactical level is only a short summary of what BiSL has to offer in practice. Letting go of BiSL would lead to a huge loss of reorganizability and practical applicability. The strength of BiSL-NEXT is precisely in the somewhat more extensive content at the strategic level. There are virtually no processes in BiSL-NEXT, which is understandable for strategic issues.
The opinion of our experts is that BiSL remains an excellent basis that can quickly lead to better results in your organization. However, a sound information policy is also required for future-proofing. The areas of attention for this have been described excellently in BiSL NEXT. As far as we are concerned, BiSL NEXT is therefore not the replacement for BiSL, but the next level that you as an organization need to be able to guarantee the success of the operational and tactical information provision for the future.
So BiSL for the operational and tactical responsible employees who do or do not operate in scrum teams. In an Agile environment the translation to practice might be different compared to traditional waterfall environment, but you must continue to guarantee what those specific processes were for. The WHAT question remains the same. The HOW question will be situational dependent. This is a matter of translating the theory based on practical experience into your own situation.
BiSL-NEXT is particularly suitable for those employees who are more active at policy level regarding information issues and who want to use the framework as a conceptual framework.