Managing Projects

Overview

The business analyst’s role is pivotal in defining the requirements of a project at its earliest stages, as well as during the stages of planning, defining and scope validation. Perfect for those who work with business analysts, who are new to the role or have no formal training – this course provides an understanding of the ways in which a business analyst drives the knowledge of developing business situations and supports the project; from establishing scope in the analysis phase to ensuring the requirements have been met in the testing phase.
You will come away from this course with the knowledge of why and when to involve the business analyst, and a working vocabulary that will enable you to communicate effectively.

Who Should Attend?

This course is suitable for Oil & Gas, Engineering & Construction, Energy & Power, Telecommunications and Public sector individuals who are

  • Executives and senior management staff
  • Construction managers, Engineers, Architects and Consultants
  • Project managers, controllers, team leads, team members
  • Resource and Procurement managers & staff
  • Project documentation and support staff
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Objectives

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Define the role of a business analyst throughout the project phase
  • Explain the range of tasks that a business analyst will perform
  • Apply principles of quality management and testing
  • Explain the importance of requirements definition
  • Assess the value of case analysis and design in your work
  • Explain how business processes, workflow and data modelling techniques can facilitate improved communication

Contents

What is Business Analysis?

  • IT business analysis
  • Business process improvement
  • Challenges of gathering and analysing requirements
  • History and current trends in business analysis
  • Role of the business analyst through the project life cycle

Defining the Business Problem

  • Techniques to determine the underlying business problems
  • Understanding the business environment at a high-level
  • Relating business problems and processes

Introduction to Project Management

  • What are “projects”?
  • Why project management?
  • The project life cycle
  • Influences on a project
  • Key stakeholders
  • Project management process groups
  • Project manager responsibilities

Project Initiation

  • Understanding the role of senior management
  • Needs assessment
  • Project selection
  • Benefit/cost ratio
  • Present value and net present value
  • Building SMART objectives
  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Agreed to
  • Realistic
  • Time-constrained
  • Developing requirements
  • Project charters
  • Project requirements document

Project Planning

  • Scope planning
  • The work breakdown structure
  • Estimating
  • Schedule planning
  • Network diagrams—CPM
  • Speeding up the schedule
  • Project management planning software
  • Cost planning
  • Responsibility matrix
  • Resource loading and leveling
  • Risk planning
  • Procurement planning
  • Communication and quality planning

Project Implementation

  • Baselines
  • Developing the project team
  • Organizations and team structures
  • Managing change
  • Managing risk
  • Performance reporting
  • Reserves
  • Assessing and monitoring project
  • performance
  • Earned value
  • Sunk costs

Project Closeout

  • Scope verification and customer
  • acceptance
  • Administrative and contractual closure
  • Transferring lessons learned to future projects

Duration

3 – 5 days