Effective PM and BA Role Collaboration



New book from J. Ross Publishers supports partnership between business analysts and project managers

20 September 2015 – Washington, DC, USA – J. Ross Publishing in the United States has announced the publication of a new book by Ori Schibi and Cheryl Lee titled “Effective PM and BA Role Collaboration: Delivering Business Value through Projects and Programs Successfully.” The book shows how to address the challenges associated with the definitions of the BA and PM roles and the gaps, intersections, overlaps, and touch points between them to reduce waste, improve efficiency and effectiveness, and increase benefits to the organization.

150920-pmwj39-effective-BOOKAccording to the book’s announcement: Since the first few years of the 21st century, the number of organizations and people using projects and programs to achieve their goals and objectives has grown dramatically, particularly within the IT and software development sector; yet failure rates continue to be quite high. According to reports issued by leading research groups, poor stakeholder requirements gathering and management continues to be one of the leading causes of project and program failure.

The role of the business analyst (BA) has seen rapid growth over the past decade, and for good reason. Business analysis is a hybrid function that evolved from the systems analysis role over several decades into one where the individuals performing it have both a good understanding of the business and of the IT and software used to support the business. One set of activities that is the BA’s specialty is the eliciting and management of accurate product requirements. Recent research has shown that when this BA role is properly executed in collaboration or partnership with the project or program manager (PM), higher quality product and project requirements are produced and managed resulting in higher success rates, with solutions that deliver business value and products and services that better satisfy stakeholder and customer needs.

While leading experts agree that collaboration between the PM and BA roles is key, the matter of how remains a subject of debate. This book demonstrates how this can be achieved without adding resources, or going through duplication of effort, waste, and misunderstandings that lead to failure. The authors provide readers with concepts and approaches for developing a partnership between the PM and BA roles, within their own context and specific challenges, in a manner which has proven to result in a synergistic, functionally harmonious relationship that maximizes the business value these roles produce for the organization.

Ori Schibi is President of PM Konnectors, a Toronto-based privately held corporation. This author and speaker is an instructor and part-time professor, Project Management Professional (PMP®), and certified PRINCE2® (Practitioner), with an MBA from York University.  He co-founded the PMI Southern Ontario Chapter—Business Analysis Community.

Cheryl Lee is President of BA Konnectors, a Toronto-based consulting firm that offers consulting and training services within the realm of business analysis, project management and change management. She served as a Director with the IIBA Toronto Chapter where she initiated and facilitated the CBAP study group and co-founded the PMI Southern Ontario Chapter – Business Analysis Community, the first Business Analysis Community within a PMI chapter, with her co-author Ori Schibi.

For more about this book and the authors, click here.

Ross Publishing is an innovative and cutting-edge publisher of applied professional, business and technical books, multimedia, and online products for global professional markets. Our mission is to publish products that solve real-world challenges and offer insight into new and effective practices. The J. Ross Web Added Value Download Resource Center allows book buyers to access value-added materials that supplement and enhance their learning experience — giving them the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned. Visit http://www.jrosspub.com/.

See their project management titles at http://www.jrosspub.com/business/project-program-management.html?mode=list.

Source: J. Ross Publishing