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Webinar: Project Manager and Business Analyst: Productive Partnership or Conflicted Couple?

Presented by: Dr Penny Pullan, Senior ESI Instructor and author

PDUs: 1.0*

Join Dr Penny Pullan, ESI Senior Instructor and Author of recent book ‘ Business Analysis and Leadership: Influencing change’ (Kogan Page 2013), in this practical and thought provoking presentation.

Penny has twenty years of experience both as a project manager and a business analyst. Through her travels and working with various clients, she’s seen just how crucial this relationship is for project success. If not managed properly often the different perspectives of these two roles can cause conflict which in return can hinder the success of a project.

With the escalation of Business Analysis, we've seen the emergence of tension in the leadership of projects. Years ago, the Business Analyst reported into the Project Manager and was just another team member. Now Business Analysis is even more critical to success meaning that the BA and PM must work closely together as peers. How does this work in practice? Well, sometimes not so well. That's not surprising given the different perspectives of these two roles. BAs often refer to PMs as blinkered - only caring about the finish time and the budget. On the other hand, PMs complain that BAs want the best for their stakeholders and that reality doesn't come into it! Of course we're exaggerating, or are we?

The BA/PM relationship is now the critical piece of many projects. When it works well, the project gains the clarity of the real problem and what's needed upfront from the BA. Stakeholders gain the understanding they need and they are engaged by the joint communications strategy. Both the project scope (PM) and the product scope (BA) are well managed and understood by both parties. Risk isn't left to the PM alone, but the BA works alongside the PM and the stakeholders so that risks are identified and dealt with effectively. With true alignment and some understanding of the other's area, this is a truly productive partnership.

Would productive partnership describe your company's BA/PM relationships? Could these relationships be better, join us to explore how these important roles can become a coalition for success for your projects

Target audience:

  • Programme and Portfolio managers who wish to help their project teams be more productive
  • Head of BA/Head of PM who wish to develop the capabilities of their BAs and PMs
  • BA or PM who wants to work more effectively with their colleagues from the other profession
  • HR professionals who want to understand the two roles and how they work together for success

Webinar: Project Manager and Business Analyst: Productive Partnership or Conflicted Couple?

Presented by: Dr Penny Pullan, Senior ESI Instructor and author

PDUs: 1.0*

Join Dr Penny Pullan, ESI Senior Instructor and Author of recent book ‘ Business Analysis and Leadership: Influencing change’ (Kogan Page 2013), in this practical and thought provoking presentation.

Penny has twenty years of experience both as a project manager and a business analyst. Through her travels and working with various clients, she’s seen just how crucial this relationship is for project success. If not managed properly often the different perspectives of these two roles can cause conflict which in return can hinder the success of a project.

With the escalation of Business Analysis, we've seen the emergence of tension in the leadership of projects. Years ago, the Business Analyst reported into the Project Manager and was just another team member. Now Business Analysis is even more critical to success meaning that the BA and PM must work closely together as peers. How does this work in practice? Well, sometimes not so well. That's not surprising given the different perspectives of these two roles. BAs often refer to PMs as blinkered - only caring about the finish time and the budget. On the other hand, PMs complain that BAs want the best for their stakeholders and that reality doesn't come into it! Of course we're exaggerating, or are we?

The BA/PM relationship is now the critical piece of many projects. When it works well, the project gains the clarity of the real problem and what's needed upfront from the BA. Stakeholders gain the understanding they need and they are engaged by the joint communications strategy. Both the project scope (PM) and the product scope (BA) are well managed and understood by both parties. Risk isn't left to the PM alone, but the BA works alongside the PM and the stakeholders so that risks are identified and dealt with effectively. With true alignment and some understanding of the other's area, this is a truly productive partnership.

Would productive partnership describe your company's BA/PM relationships? Could these relationships be better, join us to explore how these important roles can become a coalition for success for your projects

Target audience:

  • Programme and Portfolio managers who wish to help their project teams be more productive
  • Head of BA/Head of PM who wish to develop the capabilities of their BAs and PMs
  • BA or PM who wants to work more effectively with their colleagues from the other profession
  • HR professionals who want to understand the two roles and how they work together for success

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*The Project Management Institute requires that a PMP® earn 60 Professional Development Units (PDUs) every three years in order to maintain certification. More Information on PMP® Certification.

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