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Effective PM and BA Role Collaboration

1st Edition

Delivering Business Value through Projects and Programs Successfully

Ori Schibi and Cheryl Lee
eISBN-13: 9781604277654

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Many have struggled with the overlap between the PM and BA roles on a project. This is a book every BA and PM should read with a highlighter in hand.
Kevin Aguanno, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM, FPMAC, Agile Project Management Pioneer and President, Genxus

The combined power of the PM and BA roles comes to life in this unique and ground-breaking book. Finally, we have a road map that takes the power of these two practices and pulls them together for the benefit of all.
David Barrett, National Program Director, Schulich Executive Education Centre

The role of the business analyst (BA) has seen rapid growth over the past decade, and for good reason. Business analysis is a hybrid function that evolved from the systems analysis role over several decades into one where the individuals performing it have both a good understanding of the business and of the IT and software used to support the business. One set of activities that is the BAs specialty is the eliciting and management of accurate product requirements. Recent research has shown that when this BA role is properly executed in collaboration or partnership with the project or program manager (PM), higher quality product and project requirements are produced and managed resulting in higher success rates, with solutions that deliver business value and products and services that better satisfy stakeholder and customer needs. While leading experts all agree that collaboration between the PM and BA roles is key, the matter of how remains a subject of debate.

This innovative guide shows how to address the challenges associated with the definitions of these roles and the gaps, intersections, overlaps, and touch points between the PM and BA to reduce waste, improve efficiency and effectiveness, and increase benefits to the organization. It demonstrates how this can be achieved without adding resources, or going through duplication of effort, waste, and misunderstandings that lead to failure. This essential reference evaluates the PM and BA roles current contrasting perceptions, defines the roles they should fulfill, and describes how to ensure the PM/BA partnership is maintained from the business case, through to project initiation, execution, implementation and post-project evaluation.
The authors provide readers with concepts and approaches for developing a partnership between the PM and BA roles, within their own context and specific challenges, in a manner which has proven to result in a synergistic, functionally harmonious relationship that maximizes the business value these roles produce for the organization.

Key Features:
--Applies concepts that are aligned with the PMI-PBA, CBAP/ CCBA and PMP certificates, the Business Analysis for Practitioners A Practice Guide, the PMBOK Guide, the BABOK, and PRINCE2
--Divides the PM and BA roles in aligning strategy to organizational goals and estimating; addressing risks, constraints, assumptions, dependencies, and communication; and managing relationships, stakeholder expectations, organizational priorities, resources, scope, requirements, and documentation
--Provides readers a practical approach to addressing the intersections between the PM and BA roles and the ability to maximize each roles contribution, while sorting out the overlapping parts and articulating the handover points
--Discusses activities that need to be integrated, setting up boundaries, and lists activities that must be performed in the gaps between the PM and BA roles, in logical order, to ensure project and organizational benefits are maximized
--Illustrates the flow of work and responsibilities between the PM and the BA through both the project life cycle and the product life cycle
--WAV offers downloadable checklists for determining Agile suitability, PM and BA role collaboration areas, a variety of requirements elicitation and management checklists, and other toolsavailable from the Web Added ValueTM Download Resource Center at

Sold By J. Ross Publishing
ISBNs 9781604271133, 9781604277654
Publish Year 2015
Language English
Number of Pages 368
Edition 1st