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PMI Business Analysis Virtual Conference 2016

November 2, 2016 | Online

Advance your BA skills! Don’t miss the most popular Business Analysis event of the year! We’re sharing career journeys and talking about the hottest BA and agile BA topics. Catch these sessions from the only event designed with your future in mind to help you get ahead.

On-demand Webinars

PodCast: Business Analysis for Practitioners (Part 1)

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by Laura Paton

In this three-part podcast, Laura Paton, MBA, PMI-PBA, PMP, CBAP, CSM, the lead author of PMI’s Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide, discusses elicitation and analysis techniques for business analysts, as well as the new practice guide and who will benefit from it.

PodCast: Business Analysis for Practitioners (Part 2)

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by Laura Paton

In this three-part podcast, Laura Paton, MBA, PMI-PBA, PMP, CBAP, CSM, the lead author of PMI’s Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide, discusses elicitation and analysis techniques for business analysts, as well as the new practice guide and who will benefit from it.

PodCast: Business Analysis for Practitioners (Part 3)

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by Laura Paton

In this three-part podcast, Laura Paton, MBA, PMI-PBA, PMP, CBAP, CSM, the lead author of PMI’s Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide, discusses elicitation and analysis techniques for business analysts, as well as the new practice guide and who will benefit from it.

Business Analysis 2016: Modern Requirements – Getting High Quality Requirements Done Fast

by Angela Wick
November 02, 2016 | 61:04 | Views: 758 | PDUs: 1.00 | Rating: 5.86 / 7

Every project and team is under immense pressure to get requirements done fast, yet we continue to use the some of the slowest practices to get requirements done. This results in scope creep, changing requirements, and poor quality solutions that ultimately may not be what the users truly need. This session will look at techniques and processes that deliver requirements faster and with better quality.

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Blog Insights

Building the Foundation: The BOK on BA

by Joy Beatty, Laura Paton, Sue Burk, Cheryl Lee

A new collaborative blog featuring the contributions from the core team members of PMI's Foundational Standard in Business Analysis. This blog will provide the community with insight into PMI's development of the standard to generate professional discussions about the content in advance of the scheduled reviews.

Requirements Management Ruminations

by Sally Elatta, Abdulilah Angaa, Victoria Cupet, Beth Ouellette, Elizabeth Larson, Rich Larson, Mike Frenette, Mary Gorman, Ellen Gottesdiener, Jhansi Vijayarajan, Bobbye Underwood, Cameron McGaughy

A collaborative blog with contributions from members of the PMI Requirements Management Community of Practice and various authors and presenters who have dealt with the topic of requirements management.

Requirements

by Michael Joseph Frenette

Effective requirements collection, management and traceability plus smart PM practices equals project success.

Save Time With Tools And Templates

System Requirements Specification

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by Dennis Torrecampo

The System Requirements Specification (SRS) document describes all data, functional and behavioral requirements of the software under production or development.

Strategic Requirements Template

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by Andy Jordan

This deliverable aligns with the concepts expressed in the article Strategic Requirements Management. This template should be used in conjunction with a more traditional requirements document to assist in the prioritizing of features and the finalizing of scope elements. It can also support discussions around changes in scope during the project. The cells below provide a basic summary of each column.

Requirements Management Plan

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The Requirements Management Plan is primarily used for communications, giving all stakeholders a view on how this process is managed for your project. It completely answers the very common question, "How are you identifying and managing your project requirements?"

Project Impact Analysis on Scope

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Even a small change can have a huge effect on a project. This impact analysis study will help you measure the effect of a potential change on your project's scope.

Requirements Candidate Summary

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by Andy Jordan

This planning guide will help you with the review and selection of project requirements to be included in the current scope. All requirements candidates are captured here, along with some basic information about them. Each candidate is then scored based on a number of different factors. The completed template provides a validation that the requirements ultimately approved are the ones that are the most appropriate for inclusion.

Project HEADWAY Change Request Log

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by Interthink

The primary purpose of this document is to track the status of change requests that have been created on the project. For smaller projects or projects where the scope is well defined, the log may not be useful. For larger, more complex projects, or for those projects where there is a lot of change, a change request log can be very useful.

Project Scope Statement

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by Cyndi Stackpole

The project scope statement details your project's deliverables and describes the major objectives, which includes measurable criteria for success. Use this template to document the six essential elements.

Learn From Others

The Power of Planning

by Rajakumar Ramakrishnan

Do project managers really need to plan for project activities? Is it really worth the effort? What do we lose if we simply execute the project? When a PM practices current trends like agile and DevOps, do they still need to plan, or do these trends discourage it? Here, the author reinforces the power of planning.

A Question for the Customer: Half Empty or Half Full?

by Zaheer Ahmad Awan

Many project managers set project objectives without properly understanding customer needs, often resulting in failure. It’s your job to understand what the customer wants: a glass half full or half empty.

Topic Teasers Vol. 94: Clearing Confusing Priorities

by Barbee Davis, MA, PHR, PMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-PBA

Question: Whether I’m working on an agile or a waterfall project, we always get an overload of features or activities to complete. In theory, it sounds easy to prioritize them; but in practice, that’s where most of our projects bog down. Defining the order becomes a politely disguised free-for-all. At the end, while we may be able to set up the project, I’m still not convinced that we have made the best long-term choices for the company in our selection of which items we have elected to implement. Is there a fresh way to handle these decisions?
A. The manager or product owner who pays for the project always has the final vote. Even if you know he or she is missing important viewpoints, you should accept those decisions and work your hardest to make them deliverable. If it goes astray, it’s not your problem.
B. A business analysis tool, the Purpose Alignment Model, may be a fresh insight for your management and your team into which items on a Scrum Backlog or a project management plan should be prioritized and which should be done with a minimal amount of cost and effort. Try this fresh approach for a new view of your project work.
C. Rapid application development (RAD), which uses fourth-generation languages and frameworks such as low-code development web applications, is a technique one can use across all industries and on all types of projects. Get a clearer look about the value of each product feature by switching to RAD.
D. Some purposeful activities in modern corporations are not appropriate for project management techniques. Only governmental and not-for-profit entities can gain value by their use, since the need to get a profit or any return on investment is limited in these types of organizational structures.
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Delivering Business Value on Agile Projects

by Dina Laresch, PMP

In a shift from traditional on-time and on-budget metrics, project managers increasingly collaborate with business analysts to measure business value as a key metric. Adopting a model based on feature analysis and determining feature business value sets the stage for results-driven, high-value project delivery.

The Epiphany: Agile + Business Analysis

by Melicia Grant

This article was birthed from the realization that business analysis can effectively contribute to the success of projects using agile approaches. The main focus of this article will be on the expected outcomes of an agile business analysis initiative.

How Cloud Solutions Can Help PMs

by Paul Visser

In this article, we will explore how IT projects can benefit from cloud technologies, both in traditional and agile projects. Online project tools are widely available for usage (team spaces, office software, etc.), but IT projects can take this a step further and save time and costs—and reduce risks when the infrastructure goes cloud.

UX Dimension in Your Projects

by Agya Pal Singh

A better understanding of the activities and processes from the user experience world may help you to incorporate UX dimension into your projects, thus adding more value for your clients. The application of these processes may vary based on the objectives and deliverables of your projects.

The Fast Track to Delay

by Ahmed Fouad Sedky

The following article discuss how fast tracking can lead to project delays, showing the most common risk and pitfalls when applying the technique. It will focus on examples from some projects in Qatar.

In Pursuit of the Perfectly Defined PMO

by Laura Burford

The term “PMO” means different things to different people, leaving room for interpretation. Determining the type of PMO requires a project manager to be a strategic thinker possessing technical project and business management expertise.

The Strategic Business Analyst

by Andy Jordan

As portfolio planning and the ability to tie strategy to execution grows in importance for organizations, what role can business analysts play to increase effectiveness?


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