7 Ways to Grow Your Business Analysts Through Projects

PMI Southern Ontario Chapter

Bruce is the founder of ProjectManagementHacks.com, a resource for growing IT project managers.

How can you make a more significant impact as a project manager? Look for opportunities to grow each member of the project team. Let’s take a closer look at ways you can grow your business analyst...and yourself.

1. Always be networking. Remember the fundamental distinction between projects and operations? Projects have a defined endpoint. As a result, you will be starting up new projects several times a year (if not more often). Scrambling to assemble a project team when a new project starts is tough. That’s why I recommend a simple rule: always be networking.

Keep a lookout for new business analysts in your organization. You never know when you’ll need an expert in business intelligence or customer relationship management.

Resource: You might struggle with this technique if you have no internal network at your company. I’ve got you covered. Watch this ProjectManagement.com webinar: "How To Grow Your Internal Network" (24,000 views and counting!) for further guidance.

2. Use the “rule of two” for staffing business analysts. One is the worst number in business. Do you depend on one large customer? If so, your business is vulnerable. Likewise, if you only have one person involved in business analysis, you are likely to have problems like skill gaps and slow development. When you have at least two BAs on the project, they …

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