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A Business Analysis course for project managers? Absolutely!
A Business Analyst's primary role — to define and document user requirements and thereby help bridge the gap between the client and the solution team, has always been an essential ingredient for achieving project success. There are usually not enough dedicated Business Analysts to go around, therefore on small to medium size projects the role, if not the title, of business analyst often falls on the shoulders of the project manager, or other core team members. In fact, in addition to project managers, subject matter experts and account managers often find themselves in the position of having to elicit client requirements and then document them in a way in which they will accurately translate into the project deliverables.
For larger projects, it is important that the project manager understand the value that a professional Business Analyst will bring to the project. It is also important that the Project Manager and Business Analyst roles are clearly defined in such cases.
Taught through a series of discussions, examples, and real world hands-on exercises drawn from IT projects, participants of this two day workshop will come away with tools they can apply immediately, whether their primary role is that of a Project Manager, Business Analyst, Account Manager, Consultant, Developer, or other core project team member.
Who Should Attend
- Project Managers
- Subject Matter Experts (e.g. consultants, developers, programmers)
- Account Managers
- Participants will receive a course workbook containing copies of presentation slides, exercises, and reference materials.
- Reference files containing course specific and general project management materials
- Certificate or letter of completion
Participants of this course will be able to…
- Understand the differences and the interrelationship between PM, BA, and SME role
- Understand the core BA tools used for determining the business and user requirements and for documenting requirements
- Understand how BA tools can benefit us
- Understand best practices in defining requirements
Participants of this workshop should already have had formal training in project management fundamentals through a course such as Project Management Essentials: Part 1 – the Fundamentals or equivalent.
** When taken at the University of Waterloo, this course may be applied towards a University of Waterloo Project Management Certificate.