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PMI’s Practice Guide in Business Analysis

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Global Congress 2014 is almost here! In my last post, I shared with you the exciting information about PMI’s up and coming product offering, Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide. This week I would like to share some information about the up and coming PMI® Global Congress 2014 and all the opportunities that will be available for those interested in learning more about business analysis. This year the conference is being held in Phoenix, October 26-28.

Added to the conference this year is a brand new track which was built to specifically focus on business analysis - “The Business Analysis and Requirements (BAR) Track”.  Why was a whole new track created? Basically because PMI’s stakeholders have requested that PMI place greater emphasis on this knowledge area due to the importance that business analysis plays in ensuring project success. This track is dedicated to providing a forum for valuable information and knowledge sharing. Anyone looking to learn more about business analysis will have an opportunity to obtain a wealth of practical guidance from some of the industry’s most influential thought leaders in this space. 

Although this is the first year launching the BAR Track, PMI has lined up over 19 prominent subject matter experts to share their expertise and provide educational sessions in the area of business analysis. Here are just a few of the industry leaders who will be presenting:

-       Joy Beatty, CBAP

-       Barbara Carkenord, CBAP

-       Ellen Gottesdiener

-       Mary Gorman, CBAP, CSM

-       Shane Hastie, CBAP, MIM, ICE-VM

-       Elizabeth Larson, CBAP, PMP, CSM

-       Angela Wick, CBAP, PMP


In addition to the session activities, there will be opportunities to dive deep into conversations about agile business analysis with an array of practitioners. This year, Open Jam: Business Analysis & Product Management in Agile is being offered in collaboration with the Agile Alliance. Open Jam, as the name implies, is an opportunity to be involved in some very interactive impromptu discussions with peers and experts in the industry on any topic of interest about agile business analysis or product management. The topics will be suggested by the attendees and will be facilitated  by Ellen Gottesdiener and Mary Gorman. 

Additionally, there will be a number of great professional development sessions on Business Analysis and Requirements being offered through Seminars World which will kick off directly after the conference October 29-30. The two day courses are as follows:

- The Agile Business Analyst — Shane Hastie, MIM, CBAP

-  How to Capture Customer Requirements and Develop Project Scope — Gregory D. Githens, M.B.A, M.En., NPDP, PMP

-  Requirements Management: Bridging the Gap to Project Success — Shika Carter, Six Sigma Green Belt, PMP, CBAP, PgMP, CSM

There is even more expected from PMI, for those desiring more on business analysis. In my next blog, I will return back to the topic of the Business Analysis Practice Guide, discussing what is in store for conference attendees and what is next for the practice guide after Global Congress.

Are you attending the Global Congress this month? If so, stop by and introduce yourself. Sit in on the BAR Track or get involved in Open Jam.

See you soon~

Posted on: October 18, 2014 03:16 PM | Permalink

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Excellenct to know this... Where, here in the pm.com we could learn more about BAR?

Hi Laura,

Can you elaborate further on this point:
"Basically because PMI’s stakeholders have requested that PMI place greater emphasis on this knowledge area due to the importance that business analysis plays in ensuring project success."

Is this a way of saying that there are major problems in the defining scope/requirements stage?


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