"Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have of trying to change others."
Jacob M. Braude


Project Managers have historically been focused primarily on the on-time, on-budget delivery of unique products. The recent trend towards business innovation in IT projects has triggered project managers to:

  • Think more strategically; focusing on not just the outputs of the project but on the desired business outcomes to be delivered.
  • Proactively balance the drive to get it done with the finesse to get it right.
  • Plot an effective working relationship with business analysts to ensure:
    • The enterprise requirements driving a project are agreed to and documented.
    • The user requirements are developed and detailed in a way that both innovates the business and enables systems to be built right the first time.
    • The requirements are leveraged and transformed in the design, creation, and roll-out of solutions; not just signed off on and then too quickly left behind.

Course Outcomes:
Project Managers attending this course will leave:

  1. With a renewed appreciation of the need for formal business analysis/requirements on projects.

    1. Including an articulation of:

      1. Why requirements are crucial to project success.
      2. Why the analysis steps are important; especially when it feels like the project is slowing down and people need to be reminded why the time and energy is worth it.

  2. With a framework for clarifying:

    1. What needs to be done throughout the lifecycle to ensure business requirements are developed and delivered.
    2. How to best leverage business analysts including a participation matrix indentifying what tasks and activities the business analyst should do versus the project manager and vice versa.
    3. Strategies for developing a positive dynamic tension and collaboration relationship between business analysts and project managers (rather than a clash of wills).
    4. When to call analysis “done” and move forward, without getting stuck in analysis-paralysis.

  3. With a working vocabulary and knowledge of what business analysts know:

    1. For each business analysis technique/instrument (e.g. Process Models)

      1. What is it?
      2. Why is it important?
      3. How do I read it?
      4. How does the project transform it going forward?

  4. With tips and for putting the project team and the business analysts in a “bubble for success”.
  5. How to identify the various types of projects that PMs will encounter and how to adjust and scale the role of analysis accordingly.

Who Should Attend:
Anyone leading, sponsoring or working on a project team.

Course Duration:
One Day

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