Project Management Essentials for Business Analysts

Business Analysis

BA702 | Length: 1 day

Overview

This is a fast-paced, highly interactive primer designed for those who need either a “quick start” introduction or refresher course in basic best practice.

Objectives and Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will have fundamental knowledge in project management that will assist you in:

  • Identifying and organizing project work in a practical and efficient way.
  • Creating and managing project schedules, timelines, critical path dependencies and lead/slack time.
  • Creating and managing realistic time and cost estimates.
  • Identifying, communicating, delegating, and managing project roles and responsibilities.
  • Creating an effective project communication plan.
  • Being able to work within the time and resource constraints of the organization and key individuals/groups.

Prerequisites

None.

Content Outline

Morning Session: The Project Management Challenge
The morning session is comprised of a two-hour simulation exercise that incorporates an individual, team, and cohort learning activity, supported by facilitator lecture, debrief, and coaching. The Project Management Challenge™ provides participants with an opportunity to create a systematic plan for managing complex projects within a matrix organizational structure.

Afternoon Session: Tips, Traps, and Project Realities

  • Initiating and scoping a project through inception and the business case:
    – Establishing project and product scope.
    – Managing requirements change.
    – Managing scope creep and the assumptions mindset.
  • Building the project team: Key roles, key stakeholders, and keys to successful delegation.
  • Meeting management meets conflict management: Pre-empting conflict through clarity, precision, and communication.
  • Managing the triple constraints of time, cost, and scope.
  • Defining project relationships by deliverables.
  • Successful time, cost, and resource estimating and scheduling through work breakdown analysis.
  • Choosing the correct project management methodology: Waterfall, Iterative, Agile.
  • Project phases, milestones, and gate processes.
  • Dealing with the realities of time and resource commitments: How to configure personnel availability for maximum value, how and when to use voting and non-voting proxies, and working with distance teams.
  • Rightsizing your project documentation set: How to configure your process for iterative, timely and stress-reduced review and sign off.
  • Managing the solution acceptance process and closing the project.
  • Application Release Management:
    – What happens after the project?
    – Dealing with the next project.
    – Preventing the rolling release.

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