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Business Analysts Body of Knowledge

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 September 2010 15:05 Written by Administrator Friday, 10 September 2010 20:12

 

The Business Analysts Body of Knowledge is not a methodology. While it defines the activities, tasks and knowledge that a business analysis professional needs to know, it does not do so from the perspective of prescribing an order or sequence.

Specifically, the knowledge areas do not define a business analysis methodology. They do define what the BA needs to know to work within any analysis process or overall solutions development methodology.

 

 

 

Business Analysts Body of Knowledge eBook (V1.6)

 

 

Software Project Methods

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 September 2010 13:54 Written by Administrator Monday, 30 August 2010 17:37

A project management methodology covers all activity areas a project manager needs to consider regardless of whether the project is wholly or partly for software development.

Every concept covered in a methodology may not necessarily be applicable to every project (though there are core common processes). There are likely to be variations for valid reasons.  However, that does not mean the process should be left to the whim of each project team. There MUST be some guiding governance provided as to what is the sensible pragmatic approach for each project.

Gartner research found that an overarching methodology tailored precisely for each project could improve performance of the team by 30%. The same methodology applied rigidly without thought may give performance improvements of 10% at best.

A methodology should be a help to a project. Many people in companies (often quite senior executives) equate methods and process with bureaucracy and believe it slows down rapid progress. This can be the case if the method is poorly understood and/or not governed appropriately. But having no process or method will result in chaos (the same effect can be seen within companies that appear to have a method process, but that process is not controlled or governed).

All organisations should have a consistent project management methodology in place that is common to all types of project. In this way, people can move comfortably from and to any type of project and will be comfortable using the same approach.

Training people in project management can be independent of any type of underlying technology or software development processes (e.g. why, how and when to manage scope, why, how and when to manage risks).

Popular commercially available methodologies include the Project Management Institute (PMI)’s Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBoK) approach. Training and examinations in which can lead to professional certification; Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification.

Another, popular in the UK, is the Office of Government Commerce (OGC)’s - Prince 2 methodology. Again training and examination can lead to Prince 2 professional project management certification.

 

Todays Dilbert

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 September 2010 10:04 Written by Administrator Friday, 03 September 2010 18:12

 

Should I Join the APM or PMI or BCS?

Written by Administrator Friday, 10 September 2010 20:02

As the APM is the largest body of its kind in the UK and the largest member of the International Project Management Association, APM may be more appropriate if you intend to work in the UK, or wish to network and meet UK project managers.

PMI are a US based organisation whose membership is largely derived from the US. If your employer is North American, or you work predominantly in North America, PMI may be more appropriate.

The BCS membership can lead to chartered engineer status (CITP - Chartered IT Professional).

In the end, membership of any of these organisations will bring worthwhile benefits for a project manager's professional development.

 

 

Mostly Business

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 September 2010 10:04 Written by Administrator Saturday, 07 July 2007 09:54

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dotProject Vs PHProjekt

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 September 2010 22:02 Written by Administrator Wednesday, 20 August 2008 10:11

Both of these open source project management web software propositions, at first sight, offer the same benefits. The ability to plan, monitor and collaborate on projects with multi-user and roles.

We tried PHProjekt first and hit an installation issue immediately with "Magic Quotes". Our shared web hosting solution apparently turns this on by default, but PHProjekt requires this feature to be turned off (an error message is presented on initial page).

This stopped us for a few hours untill we eventually found a way of turning magic quotes off locally (no .htaccess solution possible with the web host). This involved placiing a local PHP5.ini file with the required switch-off command in the installation folder.

All was OK after this, but we have to say we were pretty disappointed with the features available once we did get logged in. Can't complain really, it's open source and the guys who build it are great for releasing it to us all. But if you're after anything half-way sophisticated for managing projects then this isn't the solution (yet). It was also very slow ... initially we thought this could be down to the hosting solution, but after installation of dotProject and the great speed it ran at on the same host, we had to change our opinion .. it probably is too slow to use without great frustration.

Next we tried dotProject, no installation issues here - got logged-in quickly and were blown away by the speed (in comparison to previous PHProjekt) of operation. This system lets you set up companies with projects. Users, Roles, Tasks per project or company were easily set-up. The gantt charts look great too. Forums, 'tickets' (issue management to you and me), calendars, events ... all easily set-up. We've yet to test this thoroughly, but it is the solution we're going to keep and use for our projects. The only thing we couldn't find, is a way to print off the information - this would be really useful - not all clients will want to log-in to view the projects (though it's accepted that is one of the main reasons for using this type of collaborating project management system), some will like to see printed documentation.

 

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