Management

Top 5 Actions for Managing Change Risk


By David Miller, CEO, Changefirst Recently I spoke to a group of project managers about change management. We discussed what change data can actually tell you about change projects. And, in particular, what does it tell you about the risks to project success and how can they potentially be managed better. I presented data we…

A Fresh Look at Requirements and Requirements Elicitation in Complex Projects


Written by  Robert K. Wysocki It is widely accepted that the elicitation of complete requirements during project ideation is very unlikely except in the simplest of projects. There are a number of internal and external factors that affect the solution and its clarity that often change during the project life span that accounts for this. The…

Project Management: The Vessel for Innovation


By Roberto Toledo, MBA, PMP   Innovation seems to be the new mantra for companies — even though it has affected and shaped all aspects of our lives. And innovation covers not only the creation of a product, but also includes the process to produce it, how it’s delivered to customers and even how value is…

Cybercrime: Hackers Inc


AT 2PM ON March 20th 2013 the hard drives of tens of thousands of computers in South Korea were suddenly wiped clean in a massive cyber-attack. The main targets were banks and news agencies. At first the assault looked like a case of cyber-vandalism. But as they probed deeper, the computer sleuths investigating it came…

Who Should Track Project Benefits Realized?


By Kiron D. Bondale Consistent measurement and reporting of the benefits realized from projects is a key step towards portfolio management maturity. While it’s good to improve practices around identification, evaluation, selection and prioritization of projects, the proof is in the (benefits) pudding! This is easier said than done. It’s hard enough when the business…

Failure to Manage our Time is a Modern Ailment


Written by  Michelle Symonds Feeling like there are not enough hours in the day can be a major constraint for most business analysts. But what is the answer? Delegate more? Sleep less? Become more efficient? There are plenty of answers that crop up but successfully managing your time when there are so many pulls on that…

The internet of things: Home, hacked home


ONE NIGHT IN April a couple in Ohio was woken by the sound of a man shouting, “Wake up, baby!” When the husband went to investigate, he found the noise was coming from a web-connected camera they had set up to monitor their young daughter while she slept. As he entered her bedroom, the camera…

5 New Ways To Engage Your Team


You’ll often hear people talking about ‘engaging’ their team or ‘engaging’ stakeholders. This is supposed to give you better working relationships and build trust amongst individuals, which is great in theory. But how do you actually do it? What does ‘engagement’ look like? There are lots of ways to involve your project team members in…

The Unexpected Project


By Michelle Symonds All too often you can be sat with your new team, excited to start a new project, completely focused on the task in hand. But how many times are you going through this process without any understanding of why you are doing it? If you have experienced this you’re not alone as…

Sticky Situations: How do Business Analysts Influence Ethics?


Written by  Angela Wick  We’ve all found ourselves in sticky situations at work—those grey areas between right and wrong that really test our ethical boundaries. The nature of BA work, facilitating change and protecting stakeholder value, launches BAs into the middle of many sticky situations. We often know things before the masses, we are present when…