Project Management and Business Analysis Are Vitally Connected

Project Management and Business Analysis Are Vitally Connected

This week and next I am delivering, first a 3 day introductory BA course and then a 3 days advanced BA session. In these and other classes, I’m often asked, what are the synergies and advantages of understanding and effectively applying PM as well as BA best practices.

Well, here are four of the many many synergies:

  1. A key PMBOK process is Gather Requirements in the Scope Management knowledge area. Guess who “owns” that work? Yup, it’s the Business Analyst!
  2. Do an Internet search for articles and statistics about why projects fail. You guessed it 🙂 It’s because of weak or non-existent requirements, which BA best practices (BABOK) tell us how to do very very well.
  3. BA is a role, not a job title. BA’s fundamentally represent the business (hence the word Business in Business Analyst) to the technical development team. And technical is NOT just IT. It can be engineering, scientists, marketing and construction to list a few examples. So EVERYONE, PM’s, SME’s and managers, have that as part of their job to some degree.
  4. 10 years ago there were conferences all over the world, for only project managers. Now, these conferences have merged business analysis and project management and draw 1000’s of participants. Check them out on the web!

Do the right thing! Pay it forward. Together, let’s make a positive difference.

“To give back and be given is to feel the sun from both sides” … Harry Mingail


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