Announcing the release of Leveraging Business Analysis for Project Success , a new book by Vicki James, PMP, CBAP, PMI-PBA. Only 39% of project today are successful. Nearly half of the projects that fail, fail because of “poor requirements management” (PMI 2014). Leveraging Business Analysis for Project Success explores the role of the business analyst in setting a project up for success. It informs and educates project managers, sponsors, and organization leaders on what is necessary for project success. It goes beyond requirements management in exploring the how the business analyst can contribute to increased profitability through project selection, scope definition, and post-implementation evaluation. The reader will learn about the history of business analysis, professional organizations and resources to support the profession, and what to expect from the business analyst at each phase of the project lifecycle as presented in a case study throughout the text. Project leaders will better be able to support the business analysis needs of the project by understanding the skills, expertise, tasks, resources, and time needed to do business analysis right and maximize the return on investment for each project.
One of the most important prerequisites for building great professional relationships with team members and stakeholders is trust . Without trust it’s impossible for a project to function effectively as people are unlikely to open up, collaborate and follow someone who they feel they can’t rely on. Trust is essential for working together. Many team members and stakeholders have specialized jobs and responsibilities and the only way to collaborate effectively is to understand each other, which is the core of trust. For project and change managers a high-trust environment is particularly important, as the very nature of our job is to lead people through a period of high uncertainty and change. In addition we often interface with people who are more senior than us and who don’t report to us. As we can’t rely on hierarchical reporting lines to move things forward, we have to make use of our interpersonal skills and our ability to influence people in more subtle ways.
Many old school managers are still of the belief that only a few common incentives motivate people, such as money and status. But research shows the opposite. People are not as heavily influenced by money as some think. One such study was carried out by Development Dimensions International and published in the UK Times newspaper. They interviewed more than 1,000 staff from companies employing more than 500 workers, and found many to be bored, lacking commitment and looking for a new job. Pay actually came fifth in the reasons people gave for leaving their jobs.
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.. And Why You Should Look to the Clouds for Answers [I published this several years ago, just in time for the holidays. Decided to make it a regular seasonal “rerun.” I hope you enjoy it, share it with your more argumentative friends & relatives and remember to play nice at all those holiday parties! — MG] Do you find yourself facing a bunch of holiday parties with people whose political or religious perspectives might be drastically different from your own? Are you dreading those inevitable arguments? This article provides some perspective on: The weird and wonderful ways our political and religious views evolve, including: The Happy Face Version The Waterfall Version Why we inevitably clash when we try to argue about politics or religion Why it’s pointless to argue about politics or religion How you might become an amateur anthropologist and try to see into the “cloud” of personal experiences that make up the other guy’s political or religious vision Specific suggestions and Challenges for dealing with your next political or religious argument Click here to download the entire 9-page PDF (with 6 graphic illustrations). ( Note : This article, largely because of its several somewhat-complicated & whimsical graphics, didn’t seem to lend itself to the usual audio podcast or blog post. The PDF file presents all these elements in a single, easy to read document. Hope you like it!) ==== Related ==== [YouTube Video] Curate Your Own News: Why & How The WORTH SHARING “Peace of Mind” Collection