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PMI Global Congress 2014—North America

Notes on PMI’s New Business Analysis Track

I’ve been to PMI® Global Congress a few times in the past and always felt like an outsider. As a full-time business analyst (BA), I rarely found sessions that really hit on tips and techniques that would help me improve my work. And to be honest, although I am a PMP® and sometimes manage projects, I just don’t get excited about talking about project management for three days.

Be a Catalyst for Change

I want to introduce myself in my first blog on Converging 360. As leader of the Project Management Area of practice for RMC Project Management, I wear many hats within our organization. In addition to being a trainer, I am a speaker and presenter, subject matter expert, and curriculum developer. And as of today … I am also a Converging 360 blogger!

First of all, let me say that I am truly blessed. I was hired and mentored by Rita Mulcahy, and had the honor of working with her for 18 months.

The Merging of Marketing and IT: A 20-Year History

Over the first (and last) 20 years of my primarily marketing-related career, I have seen a slow but steady convergence—more along the lines of a merging—of the marketing and IT functions. Of course not all of it has been smooth sailing, as illustrated by an article titled CIOs and CMOs: Feuding in the C-Suite in CIO magazine’s December issue. But at the same time the transition has been a necessary one in many respects, and in my view the vast majority of organizations are more responsive, more agile, and more profitable as a result.

Breaking Down the Project Charter

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Projects are most successful when there is written authority for the project manager to plan and organize work. A project charter should be created by the project manager from input he/she gathers from the sponsor(s) and the key stakeholders. The project charter includes documentation of the projects goals and an understanding of what the high level problems and requirements are. The project manager uses the project charter throughout the project to make certain the business case and the project objectives can be met. Therefore, the charter becomes the mandate allowing you to gain “buy in” on the project and its goals. Given its purpose, the charter should have minimum jargon and be easy to read. Download the FREE project charter template to use with your next project!

Big Data’s Impact on Projects

It seems like everywhere I turn these days I’m seeing something new about the need for big data and the associated analytics that necessarily goes along with it. Big data refers to the collection of massive amounts of data and the extraction of actionable information from that data, often in real time. Although big data has been around from a technology standpoint for at least 10 years (even longer if you count its predecessors, business intelligence and data warehousing), its time has certainly come. World markets are evolving and changing so rapidly that big data analytics has moved from a “nice-to-have” to a “must-have.”

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