Immersing yourself in the world of agile can lead to diverse career opportunities with plenty of room for growth. We explore what agile project management entails, how to get accredited and why agile experts are in demand.
The word facilitation can be interpreted differently by different people. So what does facilitation really mean for project managers, business analysts, PMOs and the business? I like to think of facilitation as the process of planning, designing and running a productive and impartial meeting or workshop (“event”). As a Facilitator (unlike a trainer) I do not
Business Analysts are often responsible for some of the earliest deliverables in a project. As such, they can be one of the first team members a Project Manager recruits for a project. How a PM and BA interact can mean the difference between a successful project and poorly executed one. Here are our 5 tips
1. Executive Management Support The importance of obtaining executive management support for business critical projects cannot be underestimated as the executive sponsor is ultimately responsible for the outcome of the project. In a recent examination of successful projects by the Standish Group “Chaos Manifesto 2012 – The Year of the Executive Sponsor”, it was identified
We all know that the key to project management making a positive impact on our business lies in the adherence to two basic principles: Doing the right project (portfolio management) and doing the project right (project management). Yet often major corporates comply with both of these tenets and still deliver a white elephant. Consider this diagram
Implementing the best possible business strategy depends on implementing the best solution possible. Without proper skills and training in business analysis – choosing the best strategy could be guess work. Business analysis, much like its focus, is an ever-evolving field yet there are certain tools everyone investigating their business procedures and programs need. Quantifying your
Having a constructive look at your business can really give your project management and overall company management a real boost. Effective business analysis tools are outcomes based – with each aspect having well defined goals. While measuring return on investment is the ultimate goal for companies – business analysis will also allow you to observe
Recognised as an essential capability for organisations to maximise value and reduce costs, project management has developed considerably over the past 20 years. Here’s our summary of what it is, where it comes from, and the principles which lie at its heart. Project management is the application of knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to a
Terms such as agile, agility, lean, Kanban, Scrum, Scrumban, ‘just enough’, responsive, adaptive, iterative and incremental have infiltrated our project and BAU environments, regardless of industry and type of organisation. Agile is no longer just for IT; Lean is no longer just for manufacturing. But what do these terms mean? How do they fit together?
Organisations are increasingly acknowledging that a skilled business analyst plays a critical role in the success or failure of a project, however, what we know, understand, and essentially live and breathe as BAs isn’t necessarily congruent with stakeholder thinking. As analysts, we need to take the time to understand our stakeholders better and consciously facilitate