The skill profiles of the Business Analyst (BA) and Project Manager (PM) have considerable overlap. Every Business Analyst must have some proficiency at managing projects and every Project Manager must have some proficiency at business analysis. While this overlap has often caused friction and competition between the two positions, one goal remains clear: both the BA and PM must be fully vested in maximizing business value. In The Business Analyst/Project Manager, author Robert Wysocki draws on his forty-five years of professional experience as a PM/BA to shed light on the similarities and differences of the roles and responsibilities of these two positions, the need for greater collaboration, and how to staff a project with one or both of these professionals. The first book to take a critical look at these two professions, and to propose the hybrid position BA/PM, The Business Analyst/Project Manager demonstrates why and how the roles of the Business Analyst versus the Project Manager need to be more clearly defined so that they are matched effectively on a project-by-project basis. Wysocki provides a clear-cut model to show you how different kinds of projects have different skill set requirements and how to make sure the right skill sets are matched to all of your projects. The book also helps you define the conditions when the merged assignment should be used to maximize business value and how to staff a project based on the complexity and uncertainty of the job, available staff skills profile, internal organizational environment, and market conditions. The Business Analyst/Project Manager answers such commonly asked questions as: When does a project require a BA, a PM, or both? What is the skill and competency profile of a BA as compared to a PM? What are the boundaries between the BA and the PM's responsibilities on a project? What conditions and factors would determine whether one person should carry out the responsibilities of both the BA and the PM on the same project? Who is responsible for gathering and documenting requirements? What is the role of a business analyst on an agile or extreme project? The Janus Complex: Are the BA and the PM really one and the same professional just displaying a different perspective depending on the situation? Learn how to harness the power of the PM/BA relationship with Robert Wysocki's The Business Analyst/Project Manager.
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New York :, Ballantine Books,, 2005
xi, 254 p. ;,22 cm
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