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Project Management for the Business Analyst

Course Overview
Project Management for the Business Analyst provides a review of all primary project management functions and describes how they apply to the work of the Business Analyst (BA). BAs are shown how to write a convincing project charter, develop and use the Requirements Engagement Plan, and maintain their role as stakeholder advocate throughout the project. Also discussed is the BA role in reporting stakeholder identification and analysis, managing risk, controlling change, validating design and test, and more. The importance of optimizing post-project value is emphasized throughout this course. Topics include:
  • Product and project lifecycles
  • Realization of Business Value
  • Identifying and managing stakeholders
  • Providing estimates that work for you
  • Project Charter: Building a strong project foundation
  • The Requirements Engagement Plan
  • Establishing effective communication
  • Building quality into deliverables
  • Planning for long-term project value
  • Containing scope creep with effective change control
  • Minimizing issues through proactive risk management
  • Planning and executing an effective Transition
  • Administrative and contract closure
  • Lessons Learned
Who should attend
This course is ideal for BAs, managers of BAs, those who work with BAs, and anyone looking for ways to improve BA - PM synergy.

This course assumes experience with project work, including some BA experience.

Course Outline

Section 1: Introduction
  • Sources of project failure
  • Project success factors
Section 2: Defining Project and Project Management
  • Project, Program and Portfolio
  • PM Terminology
  • Project and Product Lifecycles
  • Agile and Waterfall
Section 3: The Project Initiation Phase
  • The Business Case
  • The Project Charter
  • Triple Constraint
  • Stakeholder analysis
  • Estimation techniques
Section 4: The Communication Strategy
  • Communication planning and tools
  • Types of communication
  • Good Meetings Practice
  • Document control
Section 5: Managing Scope
  • Product and Project Scope
  • Requirements Engagement Plan
  • WBS and the Work Package
  • Scope baseline
  • Scope Control
Section 6: Developing the Project Schedule
  • Defining project activities
  • Activity sequence - the flow of work
  • Estimating activity duration
  • Calculating the Critical Path
  • Modifying the schedule
Section 7: Resource Planning
  • Resource planning
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Stakeholder participation
  • Responsibility Assignment Matrix
  • Resource Plan
Section 8: Project Procurement and Budget
  • Managing Procurement
  • Identifying sources of project cost
  • Estimating cost
  • Project Funding Curve
  • Controlling cost
Section 9: Quality
  • Defining Quality
  • Quality Planning
  • Quality Control
  • Managing Quality
Section 10: Managing Project Risk
  • Identifying project risks
  • Analyzing project risks
  • Risk response planning
  • Monitoring risk
  • Issues management
Section 11: Status Reports
  • Status Reports
  • Status reporting tools
  • Project Status meetings
  • Use of metrics
Section 12: Change Control
  • Sources of change
  • The Work of Change Control
  • Change Control tools and process
  • Requirements Traceability Matrix
  • Benefits of Change Control
Section 13: Transition Planning
  • Importance of Transition
  • Optimizing Business Value
  • Organizational adoption
  • Steps to Successful Transition
Section 14: Project Close
  • Contract closure
  • Administrative closure
  • Lessons learned

This course includes 15 hands-on exercises and facilitated discussions. Course material is fully PMBOK® and BABOK® compliant

Learning Approach
  • A highly experienced instructor will use interactive lecture format, numerous exercises, group discussions and other techniques to drive home the essential points of this material.
  • Throughout the course, the instructor will point out what the BA can do to create a more collaborative working relationship with the project manager.
  • If you have modest project management knowledge, you will find that the clarity of the material and direct presentation style of the instructor will make the subject matter easy to understand.
  • You will receive a Participant Guide which will help you follow the material, take notes and retain what you learned so that you can apply it on your job.
Why should I take this course?
  • This course establishes the importance of keeping realization of Business Value as a primary focus of the project.
  • Business analysts will find that the exercises in this course provide hands on experience with the primary techniques required to manage a project.
  • All participants take home a set of tools and techniques to help them deal with all aspects of project planning and execution.
  • Take this course and learn how to avoid many of the problems that project teams most often encounter.

Use this courseware to teach your students! This course is available under license to qualified Training Providers. Courseware materials include:
  • Instructor slides
  • Instructor manual with timing guide
  • Printed participant guide
  • Train the Trainer instruction
  • Written for classroom or virtual delivery
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Every course and workshop in our Project Training program is fully customizable. We offer virtual delivery of the training program you need. Call us: +1.919.495.7371.

All of our courses are fully compliant with the latest release of each relevant standards document such as the PMBOK® Guide, Standard for Portfolio Management, BABOK® Guide, and others.
Course Information
Course ID: 4070
Duration: 2 days
Delivery: Virtual
Class size: 6 - 15
· PMP® certified Instructor
· Participant Guide
· High quality PM Templates
· Certificate of Participation
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