Business Analysis for the Project Manager

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Business Analysis for the Project Manager presents those aspects of Business Analysis that are most important for the Project Manager to know. After reviewing core concepts, participants engage in numerous hands-on exercises in order to learn the many project responsibilities of the Business Analyst, as well as how the Project Manager can support and collaborate with that role. Topics include definition of proposed projects; stakeholder analysis; project requirements development, validation, management and communication; and Business Analyst participation in design, test, and scope validation. Although the focus is largely on waterfall style projects, the BA role in both waterfall and agile projects is discussed.

This course assumes that participants have some project management experience and a basic understanding of the business analyst role.

2 Days/Lecture & Lab

This course is of particular value to project managers and other project staff with direct or indirect responsibility for requirements definition and analysis; Project Management Office staff; and managers of project managers.

The nature of Business Analysis

  • Roles of the Business Analyst
  • The central importance of requirements in any project
  • The need for qualified BAs
  • PM and BA collaboration
  • The Business Case and Project Charter
  • Stakeholder identification and analysis
  • The Business Analysis Plan
  • Requirements elicitation
  • Analyzing and documenting requirements
  • Verifying and validating requirements
  • Requirements management
  • Scope validation
  • Role of the BA in transition planning and implementation




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