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I thought it would be fun this week to share further insight with the community around PMI’s business analysis standard. Many people have asked me how the project is progressing, what the end product will look like, and when the community might be able to be part of bringing this work to life. I thought it was a great time to provide you an update in these areas.
A Bit of History
In November of 2015, PMI announced plans to move forward with building a business analysis standard. The decision to do so was based on the success of Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide and the tremendous amount of positive feedback PMI received about the guide. In late January 2016, PMI conducted a kickoff to begin the development work. Today a mere six months later, there is much to share with the community!
As I discussed in my May post, this new standard has a lot of strong value propositions, including…
- Providing a common business analysis vocabulary for all portfolio, program, and project teams,
- Focusing broadly on defining business analysis for all roles who share responsibility for performing business analysis activities, and
- Defining and explaining business analysis so it is understood by and relevant to all teams, regardless of the lifecycle chosen to develop and deliver the end product.
Sue Burk discusses the “commonality of business analysis thinking” in her June post and explains why this broad viewpoint is so important today when speaking about business analysis.
A Status and a Look Forward
I am pleased to share that we are ahead of schedule! Tasked with setting vision and scope and developing the initial draft content, we are wrapping up the first round of writing. We are reviewing the draft internally and plan to share with an initial team of subject matter experts (SMEs) in late September. If you are interested in taking part in this initial review process and meet the stated eligibility requirements, consider applying for a role on the SME Review Team. The application window opens today 7/14/2016 via PMI’s Volunteer Relationship Management System (VRMS). The requirements to participate in the SME review process are posted there.
Once subject matter experts share their insights and guidance, we will begin incorporating suggested modifications to the content. This work will continue throughout quarter four of 2016.
Starting the year off with much momentum, the project progresses to the public exposure phase in Q1 2017. During the public exposure draft process, the public will obtain full access to the content revised and enhanced by the guidance provided by the SME review team. The public exposure draft process is your opportunity to shape the development of this standard to ensure business analysis work is defined:
- broadly, and
- for any life cycle selected.
More information about the public exposure phase will be forthcoming as the project progresses.
What to Expect in 2017
You can expect that the business analysis standard will be of high quality and will be a highly valued product in the industry. PMI will continue to bring much needed attention to this important work. The thousands of talented professionals, who work in the business analysis field, will shape this standard into a pragmatic and usable description of business analysis that future product teams can leverage and learn from for many years.
It is an exciting time for the core development team as we look forward to giving you the opportunity to further build upon what we started. Are you looking forward to having a glimpse of PMI’s business analysis standard? If so, please tell us what areas of business analysis you are most interested in checking out?