March Professional Development Program
(Rescheduled From February Because of Snow)
Business Analysis for Management Consultants
Understanding Project Issues That You Can Solve
It’s hard to imagine a strategic change in business or government these days that does not depend on a significant Information Technology component. If you focus solely on strategy and change, or solely on technology, your project may very well fail. An integrated approach is required and may require a team with strategic planning, project management, change management, and of course information technology expertise depending on the size and complexity of the project.
"A business analyst works as a liaison among stakeholders
in order to elicit, analyze, communicate, and validate requirements
for changes to business processes, policies, and information systems."
The causes of IT project failure can all be traced to bad or missing requirements. Even failures of budget or deadline are almost always traced to a failure to understand essential requirements. Since 2003 the International Institute of Business Analysis (www.theiiba.org
) has been focused on identifying and disseminating best practices to Business Analysts around the world.
Because the deadliest requirements errors happen at the highest levels of understanding, management consultants are often in the best position to help out by recognizing the problem and clarifying client strategies and goals. Once you reach the requirements stage then a certified Business Analyst can assist you through the development of requirements and implementation.
At this presentation you will get a high level IT audit guide useful to management consultants, and find out how the audit will enable you to formulate the agenda with the client’s senior leadership to advance the engagement.
If you possess one or more of the following skill sets then you will want to attend this presentation to learn how it/they are complemented by certified Business Analysts in achieving or exceeding client expectations!
- The Essential Business Analysis Skills
- Leadership & Project Management
- Analyze and understand the business problems
- Facilitate and develop business strategy
- Identify and document requirements
- Communicate effectively (written and spoken)
- Manage client relationships
- Model data and processes
- Understand, manage, and communicate organizational change
Our presenter for this month is Marcos Ferrer.
Marcos Ferrer graduated on the Dean’s List from the University of Chicago with a bachelor’s in mathematics. After college Marcos joined IBM in 1983 where he became a Large Systems Engineer in the National Accounts Division. During his tenure at IBM, Marcos served clients in many different industries teaching systems analysis, and running a subcontract at the U.S. Department of Labor for 10 years.
In 2005 Marcos joined the DC Chapter of the International Institute of Business Analysis IIBA (www.iibadc.org
). Since then Marcos has served the IIBA-DC as an officer and president and ongoing volunteer. He also understands the importance of professional certifications and helped write test questions for the 2nd version of the Certified Business Analysis ProfessionalTM (CBAP®) certification. Whether by chance or luck, Marcos’ certification number is 007.
Marcos writes a monthly blog for the BA Times electronic newsletter (www.batimes.com
), is a Dale Carnegie graduate (gentleperson’s Cs, you know), and is preparing a pamphlet called Quick and Dirty Guide to BA”TM for future publication.