Sometimes the meaning of BAU isn’t easy to describe because of the different contexts that apply. Here is how I would describe what BAU is and isn’t in relation to day-to-day business operations and project work to better help you understand it. I’ve used examples in the hope of making it easier.
When is a project not a project, when it’s a Business As Usual activity.
I was involved in a very interesting situation in the past month whilst working as the Project Manager and Change Manager on an initiative which I would call BAU. It felt like being caught in the BAU versus project trap, an age old argument that occurs in most organisations.
What does BAU mean? BAU is the acronym for ‘Business As Usual’. Business, As Usual, is the view of an organisation, Business Unit, team or individual completing their everyday work in the normal way. What is BAU? BAU is work carried out as part of normal business practice. This is work for either an individual … Read more What does BAU mean?
Do you know what it means to handover to BAU? BAU equals ‘Business As Usual’ by the way.
I find that IT teams usually don’t handover to BAU because they are too caught up in the doing associated with the project.
Project teams focus on delivering the project and lose sight of who will take responsibility when the project ends.
Perhaps project teams don’t see handover to BAU as their responsibility.