Simply put, the success of all business activities in the twenty-first century critically depends upon quality projects and Information Technology. All too often miscommunication between the Business and the IT Team is the reason why projects are over budget, delivered with lower quality, or quite simply, fail. We all know that communications can and do go wrong. We also know that poor communications lead to unnecessary sunk costs, missed opportunities and deadlines, and frustration – through every phase of a project. As projects increasingly span organizational boundaries, borders and cultures, the need for common understanding among participants (all with varied backgrounds and areas of expertise) is critical and frequently difficult to achieve.
This “workshop-experience” addresses the practical steps needed to achieve common project understanding. It provides the foundation for successfully navigating the Project Life Cycle and employing specific Business Analysis and Project Management tools and techniques, such as Use Cases, Data Modeling, Cross-Functional Process Maps and more. Communications problems that frequently undermine outsourced initiatives are also addressed.
This one-day workshop is designed for all stakeholders whose contributions are essential for the project’s success. It works best with participants from mixed backgrounds, experience and management levels. It is especially valuable to have technical and business people from varied departments, countries and cultures.
Participants involved with PMI®, The Project Management Institute’s Project Management Professional, PMP or Professional in Business Analysis, PMI-PBA programs, are awarded 8 PDUs or Contact hours. Our R.E.P. number is 1270. For Business Analysts, we are also an EEP, Endorsed Education Provider of the IIBA.
A mixture of lecture, discussion, hands-on exercises, team role-playing and self-assessment tools are employed. This is a true workshop! Participants don’t just hear about effective communications and cost-savings techniques – they practice them. Course workbook, job aides and checklists are also provided for later use. In our most effective delivery option, prior to the workshop facilitators interview participants and managers in order to best tune materials and exercises. Once the workshop has been completed follow-up mentoring can be provided.