The Project Manager and Business Analyst: A Unique Relationship

Mudassir is a consultant and trainer in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan.

An argument that I have with myself daily on the job is weather I am a project manager or a business analyst. Should I advise on the solution, or should I stay in the PM lane and let the solution architect and the business side deal with it? Many of us project managers have transitioned to this position via a business or system analysis path, so I therefore believe that we’re the best to judge this unique relationship in terms of the roles that both should play. Let’s take a closer look.

With the growth of business evaluation, we have all observed a certain tension in the leadership of ventures. Years ago, the business analyst—along with the project manager—was just another team member. Today, business assessment has become even more crucial to success; the project manager and business analyst must operate closely together.

How does that work in practice? At times, not so well. That’s not surprising considering the varying perspectives of these two roles. Project managers are often described as blinkered by BAs, whereas PMs complain that BAs just want the best for their shareholders—and don’t always succeed. (Of course, I’m exaggerating a little…right?)

The relationship between a business analyst and project manager is critical. When it’s harmonious, the task achieves clarity and shareholders comprehend the …

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