Question: Last week, I was told that there will now be a business analyst (BA) working with my project team. To be honest, we have all the roles filled. Why are we being assigned yet another person to deal with? Isn’t it enough that they also want us to work with a second team to produce the tangible portions of this project, while we do the software and other soft deliverables? Can I refuse to accept this person into the group?
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Over the years business analysis has continued to grow at a rapid rate and is often seen as a critical leadership competency for Projects, Programs, and Portfolios. Business Analysis provides important value by reducing project costs and increasing the potential return, or benefits. This PMI virtual event will provide insights on just how critical of a role business analysis plays in the overall success of project while giving you the BA insights, resources, and tools you need for total project and career success.
If you perform business analysis, your work is vital to project and program success. To most effectively support your organization and advance in your career, you need to know how to apply BA to any situation and delivery method. The new PMI Guide to Business Analysis will help you achieve this! Get an exclusive preview, with in-depth insights, at the PMI Business Analysis Virtual Conference 2017.
The expectations and responsibilities of a Business Analyst (BA) are extremely versatile and vary based on the type of project that is being completed. This session covers the similarities and differences of the BA role in each of the predictive, incremental, and iterative project approaches. Focus is placed on working in the virtual environment and driving value centric delivery. Borrowing the “Context Matters and Choice is Good” concept from Disciplined Agile, we explore how a BA analyzes the Context of the situation, defines an iteration goal of what is to be accomplished, and then selects the best approach to achieve that goal. This three step approach requires a large range of skills and knowledge that helps define a distinguished Business Analyst.
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Effective communication can make or break a project. As you interact with your stakeholders, clients, project teams, management, and vendors over the course of a project, communication skills are crucial for the successful operation of a Business Analysis workstream.
Most stakeholders are wonderful at telling us what they want! Many stakeholders are terrible at telling us what they need; they simply can’t differentiate. Absolutely, the worst solution is to engage a business analyst who diligently documents what the business says, operating as an order taker. What we really need are curious analysts.
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This template is for creating a process inventory and detailed process descriptions for the purpose of Business Analysis prior to IT project implementation. Processes are analyzed step by step in order to identify software functional requirements that are necessary to execute the process. A companion to the article The Role of Business Process Design in Business Analysis on IT Projects.
This business case can be used for IT projects. It will allow you to state the business case, document the goals and align with company strategies, mandates or compliance. Additionally, you will be able to calculate the return on investment using the total cost of ownership and the cost benefit analysis.
Use this form to document the desired or future state for the business, its current state and identified gaps. An approval process may be instituted for stakeholders to accept this gap analysis/report, with procedures for the BA team to formulate solution options. Adapt this sample to your corporate needs prior to using the template. Use in conjunction with the Business Analysis: Solution Options Report.
Whether you are a BA, a PM or have your feet in both camps, you'll want to check out this webinar. Not only will it broaden your vocabulary, but it will expand your perspective of the how BAs and PMs can and should relate to each other differently.
The aim of your business case is to gain organizational support and funding approval for an initiative by providing all necessary rationale for informed decision making. You as the sponsor must document the business case after satisfactory analysis has been conducted to understand business need, examine alternatives and conclude recommendations. Use this checklist as a reference in building a better business case.
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For complex programs to achieve their strategic goals, it is not only important to decompose their scope into controllable constituents, but also to stitch the pieces back again into a cohesive whole. Scope decomposition techniques—systems thinking, WBS, and progressive elaboration—help to effectively manage programs so that they meet their stated objectives.
A solid business case is one of the fundamental building blocks of project management. The goals and objectives of any given project, at a high level, are simple—we must be good stewards of our limited resources to ensure long-term competitive edge for the business. This article provides a seven-step process to help.
The need for prioritization appears when multiple projects are planned in an organization and there is a shortage of resources. In order to deliver business goals and objectives, the focus should be on projects that provide strategic value. Learn about the factors and methods involved to better prioritize your projects.
The webinar PMI-PBA®: From "What It Is?" to "I Did It!" was full of valuable information, and the conversation continued afterward! Here, the presenter covers some additional questions and answers that came out of her presentation.
Strategic risk management belongs in any collection of organizational process assets! By examining domain-specific types of risks (strategic, operational and tactical) and how corporations react to them, this article demonstrates why strategic risk is of the utmost importance to corporate governance and, by extension, to the chairman and board of directors.
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