Leadership

Is Business Analysis Undervalued?

Is Business Analysis Undervalued?

Written by  Daryl Chan Today I was talking to a friend about some cool work we’ve been doing recently around a “basics of BA capability uplift”, and were talking about the value of Business Analysis and Business Analysts here in Australia compared to overseas. I offered the viewpoint that I felt Business Analysis is poorly...

How To Manage Your Various Customers

How To Manage Your Various Customers

What sort of project customer do you have? The customer is the person whom you are building your end product for. This is likely to be a business representative and might even be your project sponsor. He or she is the person with the most interest in getting the project completed successfully, but that...

Roles and Responsibilities

By Dave Gordon My wife and I recently traveled to Seattle for a wedding. Our daughter-in-law was the matron of honor, and our granddaughter was one of the flower girls. Since Abbie is only two and a half years old, this was her first wedding. Fortunately, there was another flower girl, who went first...

BP North America Appoints ARCADIS to Major Project Management Role

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– ARCADIS (ARCAY), the world’s leading natural and built asset design and consultancy firm, has been appointed to provide project management, program management and contractor management services by BP North America Corporation, Inc. (BP) through a three-year master services agreement. The contract is expected to be worth a minimum of $5 million...

Dual-Track Agile

Dual-Track Agile

Written by  John Parker Dual-track scrum, or dual-track agile, is an approach to software development growing in popularity that assumes there are two key tracks for agile product development: Discovery and Delivery, as shown in the diagram below: This approach has a lot of merit and can eliminate a lot of frustration and costs in...

Procurement Planning Made Easy

Procurement Planning Made Easy

Procuring services on your project is a common occurrence but it can be a risky procedure for project managers. The problem is that you have very little say over what a supplier does or how they do it. Once you’ve outsourced the work, they are responsible for managing the process to deliver it, and...

The Devil is in the (Non-Functional) Details

The Devil is in the (Non-Functional) Details

Written by  Angela Wick Some systems are a joy to use. Others create extreme frustration and waste valuable time. Why? What’s the difference? Well, let’s think about the characteristics of good and evil systems: The “angels” of systems are: intuitive, easy to use fast reliable, always up and running error free (mostly) The “devils”: frequently...

How to Create The Best Task Lists Ever

How to Create The Best Task Lists Ever

“What should I be doing today?” one of my team members asked me. I couldn’t believe that he didn’t know! This was an experienced, professional member of a software development team. This person had used Agile project management techniques in the past to plan his own workload and yet was coming to me to...

Essential Elements of Leadership

By Andrea A. Breazeale Now more than ever before the topic of leadership is at the forefront of organizational strategy. Companies want to ensure that their managers are effective leaders. In the news we hear about leaders in education, politics and even athletics. Indeed, “leadership” is big business. A Google search on the word...

Being a Personal Business Analysis Center of Excellence

Being a Personal Business Analysis Center of Excellence

Written by  Aaron Whittenberger  I am often asked how to best go about a particular business analysis scenario; how to do a particular technique. Usually the person is asking more than just best practices, but looking for a short-cut or one-size-fits-all process to go about doing business analysis. I hate to break it to you…there...



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