THE FOLLOWING SESSION IS FROM THE
Business Analysis Forum

Thursday | 12:00pm - 1:00pm | Business Analysis Forum Track
Room: Plaza A1 & 2



Presentation

Achieving Project Results: Guiding the PM and BA to a Successful Partnership

SPEAKER(s):

Speaker Photo: Elizabeth Larson

Elizabeth Larson

CEO, Watermark Learning, Inc.

MAIN FOCUS OF PRESENTATION:

FAMILIARITY WITH SUBJECT:

    ABOUT THIS SESSION:

    Many times, the same person is responsible for both project management and business analysis work on a project. However, as importance of both roles increases and the roles separate, how can the two disciplines best work together? Project managers (PMs) and business analysts (BAs) need to build strong working relationships based on respect and understanding of each other's work. A strong partnership between these two roles can significantly increase the likelihood of project success.

    To facilitate a shared understanding of the roles, the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the IIBA formed a joint committee to review the content of each body of knowledge and analyze their touch points. The PMBOK® Guide from PMI has been used for over 20 years by practitioners around the world as the standard for project management work. The BABOK® Guide from the IIBA, although much newer, is becoming the accepted standard for business analysis work. Using these bodies of knowledge as a base, the committee has looked at knowledge areas, processes, techniques, and handoffs between the PM and BA. The result of the committee's effort is a white paper which describes how the two bodies of knowledge fit together.

    Key Learning Objectives:

    1. Describe the key areas of work which are described in both the PMBOK® Guide and the BABOK® Guide
    2. Highlight terminology and structure differences between the guides
    3. Discuss effective work strategies for BAs to build a strong partnership with the PM


    ABOUT THE SPEAKER(s):

    Elizabeth Larson is Co-Principal and CEO of Watermark Learning and has over 30 years of experience in project management and business analysis. Elizabeth’s speaking history includes repeat presentations at PMI and IIBA international conferences, professional development days, and chapter meetings.

     Elizabeth has co-authored the Practitioners’ Guide to Requirements Management, The Influencing Formula, and CBAP Certification Study Guide. Elizabeth writes articles and blogs that appear regularly in Project Times and BA Times.

    Elizabeth was a lead author of the BABOK® Guide Version 2.0.and an expert reviewer for the third edition, a lead author for thePMBOK® Guide – Fourth and Fifth Editions, and for the PMI-PBA Practice Guide. In her spare time Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her family and 6 grandsons, traveling, and hiking.


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