'A' for Analysis

Kenneth has 14 years of healthcare experience in government and private industry. Over eight years of experience managing healthcare IT projects, operations, contracts, and personnel. His work experience includes project management, contracts and procurements, data analysis, claims adjudication, business writing, and business process modeling. Kenneth was certified in 2006 as a Project Management Professional.

A cursory glance at PMBOK will quickly reveal two things: One, the most common answer to certification questions is “communication”; and two, a project manager will be doing a lot of analysis throughout the management of projects. The table of contents lists the same words over and over--estimate, develop, plan, analysis, verify, define, etc. All of these activities require the skill of analysis.  Although there are a myriad of skills that a project manager must possess (or at the very least, hire for the team), analysis could possibly be the most important skill of all (aside from communication, of course).

Put simply, analysis is the process of taking raw data--or sometimes chaotic data--and turning it into something useful. Many people might assume that analysis involves only data and spreadsheets, but in fact analysis is the key that lets us understand the data or any information in an uncollected form. In the project management world, this could apply to anything from risk management to schedule management to project portfolio management and so on. The project manager must be able to analyze the information coming in and then be able to speak about and present a cohesive view of that information or data that provides clarity and direction for the project team and stakeholders. Being able to perform these types of analyses will enable the project …

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