Business Analyst vs Project Manager

The BA Guide | Jeremy Aschenbrenner
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Plan the Project as a Business Analyst

Increase your value as a Business Analyst by learning how to plan projects successfully without a Project Manager

05:14:54 of on-demand video • Updated April 2021

  • Gain the ability to identify, analyze, manage, and involve stakeholders based on their needs and the needs of the project
  • Learn how to create a Project Charter and facilitate an official project kickoff
  • Learn how to create a requirements management plan by defining the level of detail, storage and access needs, traceability, reuse, and change control process of the project
  • Understand how to break down the large project into workable activities
  • Learn various estimation techniques to estimate the effort to complete the project
  • Gain the ability to create both an adaptive (agile) or predictive (waterfall) project schedule
  • Understand how to complete a Quality Plan that outlines expectations for testing and quality assurance, managing defects, and training
  • Learn how to conduct release planning for both adaptive (agile) and predictive (waterfall) projects
  • Gain the ability to identify and set performance measure for both the project and for business analysis
English -: But I know what you're thinking. Jeremy, wait a minute. Doesn't the project manager plan the project? Okay, well hear me out. Let's talk a little bit about what the project manager does and what the business analyst does. So the project manager leads the project. They're really the one that's facilitating the project moving forward. They're communicating the status of that project to executives, and making sure that everybody knows how that project is progressing. They're really responsible for the project success, making sure that project is on schedule and on budget at the end, it got done on time and within the cost that was expected. Now, a business analyst, they're bridging the gaps between the team. They're down a little bit more in the weeds, in the details. They're uncovering those business needs, and they're really making sure that the solution is successful, that the solution that's ultimately implemented meets or solves for that identified business need, business problem, and meets those business user's needs or customer's needs. Now, when we look at that, the project manager and the business analyst have some overlap. While the project manager's responsible for the success of the project and the business analysis is responsible for the success of the solution, there definitely is some overlap in the roles and in some of those duties. So by learning to plan the project, it's gonna help you in a number of ways. Number one, if you don't have a project manager on the project, obviously it's gonna be a huge help to you 'cause you're gonna understand what steps you should take in planning out that project and what elements really should be planned. The second thing is, even if you have a project manager on your project, being able to assist that project manager and understand what they're looking to do so you can make sure you gather the right information to provide to them is crucial, and the project manager will love you for that. The third thing is, there's a lot of hybrid business analyst and project manager roles. Some organizations don't wanna spend the money on two different people that are engaged in every project, and so they smash those together into project manager, business analyst hybrid roles, and the great thing is, those hybrid roles usually have a lot higher salary and responsibility because there's usually more veteran people on the team. So learning how to plan the project early and starting to execute some of that and learn about that, even if you're at the beginning stages of your business analyst career will really help you to grow as a business analyst and really help you understand what's going on with the project and why. So this course is really here to help you, regardless of the organization you work for and the particular responsibilities you have for planning the project. I wanna make sure you have all the knowledge and tools and information necessary that when it comes time, if you get asked to do some part of this planning, or you need to actually plan out your full project, you know the best practices to do so.