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PMI-PBA Domain: Planning

This is the second in a series of posts about the creation of our PMI-PBA Exam Prep study guide. In my first post I talked about the Needs Assessment Domain and this post will highlight Business Analysis Planning. The PMI-PBA (Professional in Business Analysis) designation recognizes professionals who have experience and knowledge performing business analysis work. Business Analysis work is performed by people with many different titles and this is especially true in studying the Planning Domain. Project Managers recognize the critical importance of planning in project success. PMs have expertise in thinking ahead about how their projects will best be accomplished. They often consult with experts and known project team members to develop their plans and assess risks. This strategy of distributed planning is supported by the PMI-PBA Domain called Planning, and referred to as Business Analysis Planning in PMI’s Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice guide Studying for…

PMI’s New Requirements Management: A Practice Guide

A Bridge Between Two Detailed Standards

One of the reasons I haven’t yet finished my PMI-PBA Certification study guide is that I wanted to make sure I was in alignment with PMI’s Requirements Management: A Practice Guide. For those of you who may have gone on holiday early, PMI published its new practice guide in December. At the date of this post it is still free to download so I suggest you get a copy.

Project Manager or Business Analyst?

Are You a Project Manager or Business Analyst?

I’ve been working with project managers and business analysts for the past 25 years and have thought a lot about the similarities and differences between the professions. I am convinced that they are separate, yet equal careers. Although many of us perform both roles, I believe most people prefer one role over the other. I am never happier than when I am analyzing a complex business problem and designing an innovative solution. Studies have proven that when you do work that you love, you are more committed, more motivated, and more successful. I believe your long-term career success and job satisfaction will be greater if you are honest with yourself (and your manager) about where your true passion lies.

Business Analysis Tools and Techniques

8 Tips for Choosing Business Analysis Techniques

The first time you became aware of the number of business analysis techniques, what was your reaction? Was it shock and awe, or a feeling that you would never be able to master all of them? Or were you familiar with many of the techniques, but not sure if you were using the most suitable ones in your business analysis work? 

Open Letter to Project Managers from a Business Analyst

I think I speak for most business analysts when I say, we love business analysis work, we love being part of a project team, and we love the fact that YOU are running the project! We don’t want to take your job away from you.

I am writing this letter because some project managers feel threatened by the growing business analysis profession, and I want to put your fears to rest. We are not interested in taking over your role.

BA or BSA: What’s the Difference?

What is the Difference Between a BA and a BSA?

Recently I’ve been asked several times about the differences between a business analyst (BA) and a business systems analyst (BSA). My first answer, of course, is “It depends.” It depends on how your organization has defined the roles. But I thought I would document my understanding of these two roles based on my experience, and I hope others will post their thoughts as well.

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