The Business Analyst/Project Manager: A New Partnership for Managing Complexity and Uncertainty

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This book is the first to take a critical look at the two professions, Business Analyst(BA) and Project manager(PM).  It compares the similarities and differences of their roles and responsibilities and then shows how the decision on which to use should be based on the type of project, staff skills profile, internal organizational environment and prevailing market conditions. These are all determinants of whether separate BA and PM professionals or the merged BA/PM professional are the best ...

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Overview

This book is the first to take a critical look at the two professions, Business Analyst(BA) and Project manager(PM).  It compares the similarities and differences of their roles and responsibilities and then shows how the decision on which to use should be based on the type of project, staff skills profile, internal organizational environment and prevailing market conditions. These are all determinants of whether separate BA and PM professionals or the merged BA/PM professional are the best choice for staffing a project. The popular opinion favors separate BA nad PM professionals but this book presents conditions under which that may not be the best choice.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470767443
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Forword

Acknoledgments

List of Abbreviations

Introduction 1

Historical Context 4

Areas of PM and BA Overlap 5

Context 8

How This Book is Organized? 9

Who Should Read This Bok 10

How You Will Benefit from this Book 12

Chapter 1 Project manager and Business Analyst Project Life Cycle Collaboration 15

Historical Perspective 16

PMs, BAs, and Projects 18

Putting It All Together 41

Chapter 2 A Generic Dual-Carrer-Path Model 43

A Dual-Career-Path Position Family 43

Using the Daul Career Path Model 50

Putting It All Together 61

Chapter 3 Project Manager and Business Analyst Position Family 63

PM and BA Position Landscape 65

Organizational Placement of the PM and BA 77

PUtting It All Together 77

Chapter 4 Project Manager adn Business Analyst Skill Profiles 79

BA and PM Proficiency Model 80

Selecting an Assessment Approach 81

Skill Assessment Process 86

Career and Professional Developmetn Program 87

Project Portfolio Management Process 91

Training Curriculum Deisgn, Development, and Scheduling 94

Resource Planning Process 95

Resource Management Process 95

Putting It All together 95

Chapter 5 The Projct Landscape 97

Project Landscape 98

Project Complexity and Uncertianly 99

Q1 Projects 106

Q2 Projects 112

Q3 Projects 118

Q4 Projects 120

Project Landscape with Project Management Models 122

PUtting It All Together 123

Chapter 6 Integrating the Project Manager and Business Analyst into the Landscape 125

Strenghts, Weaknesses, Challenges, and Opportunities of PM and BA integration 126

Mapping the PMs and BAs itno the Project Landscpae 137

When Should One Professionals Have Both Project Management and Business Analysis Responsbility on the Same Project? 140

Putting It All Together 145

Chapter 7 PM/BA Career and Professional Development 147

Exmaples of PM/BA Job Opportunities 147

PDP Contents 155

A Deeper Look into the PM/BA Landscape 158

Organizational Support 166

PMO. BA Center of Excellence and BA Community of Practice 167

Putting It All Together 176

In Conclusion: A Call to Action 179

A System to Prepare PM/BA Professionals 179

A Call to Action 182

Appendix A Skill/Proficiency-level Matrics for the Eight PM/BA Position Levels in the Project Manager Landscape 185

Appendix B PM and BA Training Provider Course 217

Appendix C PM/Ba Curriculum 223

About the Author 229

Index 231

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