All enterprise application development team members know that an IT business solution project goes through a Project Life Cycle (PLC) from initiation through deployment and closure. It is also well known that the Project Manager plans the project during initiation to prepare to bring the project to a successful completion by ensuring that all application software development resources are available to the project when they are needed.
However, many people believe that the Business Analyst’s (BA) role on the project is to capture the business requirements for the IT business solution. Business analysis professionals know that there are Project Planning tasks for the BA to perform on the project.
The Business Analyst should be assigned to the project during the initiation phase about the same time as the Project Manager, assuming this is a different BA than developed the Business Case for the project. If not, then the Business Analyst is already assigned and working on the project when the Project Manager gets assigned and should move from developing the Business Case to Planning the Business Analysis activities for the project.
Project Planning, or more commonly called Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring, includes planning the Business Analysis approach, conducting a stakeholder analysis, planning the Business Analysis activities, planning Business Analysis communication, developing a work breakdown structure (WBS) if necessary and planning the Requirements Management process to be used on the project.
Cincinnati and Dayton companies, as well as those across the globe, can benefit by engaging the Business Analyst during the Project Planning and gain reduced project timelines, better resource utilization, freeing up project resources sooner, less re-work and increased probability of project success.
Does your company engage the BA for Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring?