Validating Solutions to Meet Business Needs
One key business analysis task in the BABOK® Guide’s Solution Assessment and Validation knowledge area is taken straight from the name: Solution Validation. It is essential that you make sure that your new solution addresses the business and stakeholder needs that triggered your project in the first place. You must compare your solution and its […]
How Are Your Problem Solving Skills?
Working on today’s fast-paced projects calls for fine-tuning your problem solving skills. Confronting the latest problem on your project and finding a solution can be very challenging for both you and your project team. Some folks come wired for solving problems. They seem to use a combination of ingenuity, creativity and common sense to get […]
Are You an Ethical and Trustworthy Project Manager?
In order to be respected and trusted by your team and your stakeholders, you must behave ethically. That’s easy enough to say, but what exactly does that mean? In a nutshell, ethical people understand the difference between moral and immoral behavior and the standards that govern their own behavior. They act in a moral way […]
Organizing Project Requirements
We all know (or at least hope!) that our project requirements are not meant be a jumble of information. Best practices and common sense tell us that our project’s requirements should be structured and organized into a set of information that is complete, comprehensive, consistent, and understandable to our stakeholders. I already talked about structuring […]
Avoiding the Three Project Decision-Making Traps
Effective decision-making is a key skill for both project managers and business analysts to cultivate. On your projects, you should approach your decision making from two different (and sometimes conflicting) points of view. You must first understand what is involved in making a good decision, and then help your other project team members and key […]