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Key Content for Project Kickoffs


By Kiron D. Bondale Holding a formal project kickoff is generally considered to be a good way to get everyone aligned to a set of common goals and practices at the start of a project. I’ve always found the word kickoff to be somewhat inaccurate as that brings to mind the organized chaos which ensues…

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…

Save money on your project management software


Rohit Thakral Image of businesspeople at presentation looking at virtual project When it comes to managing projects, ensuring everyone within a particular team, department or company is fully up to speed on what’s happening is important. Project management software gives people the ability to organise, collaborate and track details of projects, as well as allocate…

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…

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…

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…

Do You Have the Courage to Face Up to Your Project?


By Susanne Madsen We all know that managing a project can be emotionally draining. On a bad day we spend most of our time resolving issues, mitigating risks and dealing with conflict. This can be draining because the stakes are high and because we want to do our best to protect the schedule. After all,…