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

Posted by May Ann Lopez on May 10, 2018 11:59:02 AM

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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Topics: Business Analysis, Project Management, Business Consulting

Business Cases... Why Bother?

Posted by Greg Kaczmarz on Mar 2, 2018 11:40:10 AM

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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Topics: Business Analysis, Project Management

Benefits Management – What Do Benefits Align To?

Posted by Bruce Leppky on Feb 15, 2018 3:44:55 PM

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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Topics: Project Management

Agile Project Management – The Dreaded Scope Creep

Posted by Daniel Magal on May 8, 2017 4:12:26 PM

So, what are your thoughts on scope creep? Not a big fan? Well you are not alone.

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Topics: Project Management

Top 3 Factors for Delivering a Successful Service Management Project

Posted by David Wang on Jun 14, 2016 2:29:55 PM

Service Management projects can have great results when the solution is defined parallel to the process implementation plan. At Online, we believe there are many factors that can influence how successful a project will be. Here are the top three factors for implementing a successful Service Management solution.

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Topics: Project Management, Service Management

Introducing Project Audits: Importance, Benefits and Preparation

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

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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Topics: Methodologies, Project Management

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