Business Analysis, Project Management, Business Consulting

The Do’s and Don’ts of a Business Analyst Venturing into an OCM Role

Having been a Business Analyst (BA) for many years, I was given the opportunity in 2015 to step into a role that I considered new territory. I accepted a project assignment as an OCM Practitioner/Analyst for a multi-year program, with multiple projects, that was introducing massive changes to the client. There were both enterprise-wide changes and cultural shifts that were required to support the future growth of the company.

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By May Ann Lopez on May 10, 2018 11:59:02 AM
Business Analysis, Project Management

Business Cases... Why Bother?

Do I Really Need a Business Case?

A completely legitimate answer to this question is “no”….BUT only if you have a lot of time, money, and people - and a desire to waste all three! 

A business case:
  • Makes one think more carefully about a future initiative
  • Helps ensure an organization is undertaking an initiative that will add value
  • Sets the parameters for the initiative

A business case, at the very least, makes one think more carefully about a future initiative. At its best, a business case helps ensure an organization is undertaking an initiative that will add value, which includes being in alignment with organizational goals.

Another benefit of writing a business case is that it sets the parameters for the initiative, which then feed into the project planning process making it easier for the project sponsor and project manager to move the initiative forward. 

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By Greg Kaczmarz on Mar 2, 2018 11:40:10 AM
Project Management

Benefits Management – What Do Benefits Align To?

Principle # 1 – Use a “benefits-led” approach

In my previous post, “Why Benefits Should Drive Your Project Planning and Delivery”, I introduced the concept of adopting benefits management so that benefits can be properly planned, delivered, and measured. As a key principle of benefits management, I also shared how adopting a “benefits-led” approach to program and project planning can improve successful project delivery, so that the intended business outcomes are achieved and their expected benefits are realized.

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By Bruce Leppky on Feb 15, 2018 3:44:55 PM
Methodologies, Project Management

Introducing Project Audits: Importance, Benefits and Preparation

Classic project management theory states that projects have three constraints: cost, time and scope. In some environments, there are additional constraints; for example, healthcare projects include an additional patient safety constraint which is considered paramount. In general, every project environment is unique as factors such as quality, risk, vendor relations, and so on are taken into account.

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By Rolando Martin on Mar 24, 2014 9:10:30 AM