Professional Development

7 Business Analyst Lessons From The Godfather


Written by  Bruce Harpham Business analysts have plenty to learn from “The Godfather.” Whether you’re the head of the Corleone crime family or leading an IT project, analysts and mobsters have a lot in common. Don Vito Corleone may not have used Excel and Microsoft Project, but he knew a lot about delivering projects and getting…

A Key to Innovation


By Samuel Greengard Innovation is a funny thing. It takes guts to take a chance. Hence, we watch the same boring plots in movies over and over again. We see the same mediocre products recycled and reincarnated ad infinitum. Companies eke out enough profits until they don’t. This continues until someone pushes forward with a semi-original idea.…

Finding Innovation Through Design Thinking


By Jen L. Skrabak, PMP, PfMP Recently, I came across a concept presented by U.S. businessman and author Tim Ogilvie centered on “design thinking” — how to turn abstract ideas into practical applications to maximize business growth. Since the core of portfolio management centers on identifying the right opportunities through strategic alignment, innovation and transformation, this…

How To Create Project Management Reports


Ergh, project reports. In the past, when I was actively managing projects the task that took up the most time was project reporting. Every stakeholder seemed to want different information at different times and getting the data from my team members was virtually impossible. Unfortunately, project reports are a key mechanism for managing a project…

One Great Tip to Help Control Scope


By Christian Bisson As project managers, controlling scope can be very challenging. You’ll want to avoid scope creep but if managed properly, scope changes can mean more budget. At first glance, this seems like a good thing, and in a way, it is. But there are a few others aspects to verify. Be careful For…

What to do When a Data Breach Occurs


By David Barton While information security risks have existed for a long time—several U.S. Civil War battles, for instance, were decided by military details secretly obtained by the opposing side—today they bring with them challenging complexities and costly ramifications for businesses. U.S. consumer cyber-attacks in 2013 had a price tag of $38 billion, according to the 2013…

Bloggers Sound Off: Congress Takeaways


By Voices Team In this Voices on Project Management roundtable, two bloggers discuss their top takeaway from PMI® Global Congress — from the perspective of an attendee and a presenter. Conrado Morlan, PMP, PgMP, PfMP Attendee Every time I attend a PMI Global Congress, I am ready to discover exciting learning opportunities. Congress gives me the opportunity…

Good Business Analyst, Bad Business Analyst


Written by  Mike Lenz A Good BA has a product management approach to their role, partnering with stakeholders to define the very best solution. A Good BA is the subject matter expert of the project requirements. They are viewed by both Creative and Tech teams as one of their own while in reality serving neither, only…

How To Benefit From Project Management Training


“I’m going on a training course next week,” one of my colleagues told me recently. “I’m looking forward to it.” “Great,” I replied. “What preparation have you done?” He looked a bit sheepish and admitted to having not done any preparation at all. Preparing for a project management training course isn’t always essential but there…

How to Provide Excellent Project Management Training


By Michelle Symonds The majority of organizations and businesses these days will seek to provide project managers with sufficient training at the beginning of their employment, and at several different points throughout, in order to ensure they are completely up to date with current methods and technology. This training helps enable the project manager to…