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Busting Project Manager and Business Analyst Silo Mentality

Slides from the keynote presentation ‘Busting Project Manager and Business Analyst Silo Mentality’, as presented by Joe Newbert at PMI MENA Conference 2018.

Presentation abstract

Is the scope focussed to enable the right activities? Is the budget sufficient to reap the desired benefits? Is the schedule designed to cement the organisational change?

Delivering stakeholder quality by navigating through these constraints is an imperative for every business in this modern age — an age that’s bringing ever-increasing customer expectations, business risks and project pressures.

This talk explores the relationship between project managers and business analysts, and considers how these leadership roles can better combine to provide the strategic and tactical expertise required by organisations today.

Key takeaways

What you’ll learn:

  • Past, present and future narratives of industry and organisations
  • New definitions and considerations for business and project success
  • Current role dynamics and future collaboration opportunities
  • Actions to build strong working relationships and drive team cohesion

Whether you’re a project manager, business analyst or a hybrid of the two, this talk will unpack common challenges facing business change and spell-out the transformation needed to deliver project leadership through excellence and innovation.

Event details

What, when and where it happened:

  • PMI MENA (Middle East and North Africa) Conference
  • 3-4 November 2018
  • Kuwait City, Kuwait and Manama, Bahrain

About the speaker

Joe Newbert is a trainer, writer, speaker and business consultant, with a focus on successful business change through performance improvement. He is the Managing Director at Business Change Academy and founder of Inter-View.Report

For more than 20 years, Joe has been working and managing teams on over 100 projects, across five continents, helping organisations and individuals to leverage the benefits of business analysis, solution development and change management for enduring results. Newbert’s other projects include the creation of the hands-on business consulting toolset Sketchnalysis, and Pragnalysis, a resource hub that provides practical guidance for business analysts, project leaders and change managers.

When not enabling business change, you can usually find Joe out in the wilderness, running a trail somewhere.

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Connecting Business Analysis with Project Success

Connecting Business Analysis with Project Success News

In celebration of great project leadership minds coming together, Joe Newbert, Managing Director of Business Change Academy, has been invited to present a keynote address on connecting business analysis with project success at the PMI MENA Conference (Middle East and Northern Africa), taking place in Kuwait and Bahrain on 3rd and 4th November 2018.

Whilst this unique two-day educational programme about how to evolve to deliver “Project leadership through excellence and innovation” provides opportunities to learn, share and expand understanding of various topics discussions with your peers about project management — it goes a step further by introducing the business analysis element to catalyse the symbiosis between the two professions.

Newbert’s talk titled “Busting Project Manager and Business Analyst Silo Mentality” explores the relationship between project managers and business analysts, and considers how these leadership roles can better collaborate to provide the strategic and tactical expertise required by organisations today.

Newbert, in stating the need for role collaboration, explains,

“The challenge is that whilst business analysts and project managers share a common goal and objectives they have different responsibilities within a project, and often hold conflicting, but not mutually exclusive, perspectives. The business analyst focuses outward with the stakeholders to ensure the right solution is built, while the project manager focuses inward to make sure the solution is built right.”

Often the end result is these two essential leadership roles not working collaboratively, and Joe’s talk aims to break down the silo’s to leverage greater efficiencies by highlighting the current role dynamics, future collaboration opportunities and actions that business analysts and project managers must harness to build strong working relationships and drive team cohesion.

“Inaccurate requirements gathering consistently ranks in the top three causes of project failure yet only half of organisations have the resources in place to perform this function properly, and we are delighted to have Joe deliver a keynote session addressing this issue at the PMI MENA conference this year,” says Tarnbir Kaur CAE, Managing Director of PMI UAE.

Conference delegates will understand the past, present and future narratives of industry and organisations to make sense of the rapidly changing world we operate in today and the new definitions and considerations for business and project success.

You can learn more about the PMI MENA Conference and book your seat here.

About Joe Newbert

Joe Newbert is a trainer, writer, speaker and business consultant, with a focus on remarkable business change through performance excellence. He is the Managing Consultant at Business Change Academy and founder of Inter-View.Report.

For more than 20 years, Joe has been working and leading teams on over 100 projects, across five continents, helping companies and individuals to leverage the benefits of business analysis, solution development and change management for enduring results. As well as assisting organisations such as the IIBA and PMI, Newbert’s other projects include the creation of the hands-on business consulting toolset Sketchnalysis, and Pragnalysis, a resource hub that provides practical guidance for business analysts, project leaders and change managers.

When not enabling business change, you can usually find Joe out in the wilderness, running a trail, somewhere.

About Business Change Academy

Business Change Academy is a training company based in Cape Town, South Africa. Founded in 2008, Business Change Academy provides accredited qualifications + short courses for project professionals seeking internationally recognised best-practice competencies in business analysis, solution development and change management.

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Hitchhikers Guide to Strategic Business Analysis

Slides from the conference presentation ‘Hitchhikers Guide to Strategic Business Analysis’, as presented by Joe Newbert at IIBA-SA BA Summit 2018.

Presentation abstract

Is your organisation’s business model aligned to the marketplace? Are people at the heart of your business change? Do processes stem from key value propositions? Does information technology support the required business architecture?

Consciously and deliberately guiding the business strategy towards project tactics is an imperative for organisations looking to thrive in this modern age, today — an age with unprecedented challenges ranging from demanding customer expectations through to intense market competition.

This talk will power-through a best practice approach for business analysts on their journey of facilitating strategic business analysis with the end-in-mind of realising business benefits, while introducing definitive go-to tools and techniques that focus on engaging with stakeholders to elicit their real needs.

Key takeaways

What you’ll learn:

  • 1 holistic model for considering business systems and avoiding the pitfalls of silo-thinking
  • 3 straightforward approach detailing the key steps for delivering a strategic business analysis project
  • 6 stakeholder-centric method for analysing different perspectives and managing  group consensus
  • 42 proven business analysis tools and techniques to string together towards a persuasive business case

Whether you’re a business manager, business analyst or project manager, a junior, intermediate or senior, this talk will extend your knowledge, skills and abilities to lead business change, build better solutions and unlock business value.

Event details

What, when and where it happened:

  • IIBA-SA BA Summit Southern Africa
  • 1st – 3rd October 2018
  • Johannesburg, South Africa

About the speaker

Joe Newbert is a trainer, writer, speaker and business consultant, with a focus on successful business change through performance improvement. He is the Principal Lecturer at Business Change Academy and founder of Inter-View.Report

For more than 20 years, Joe has been working and managing teams on over 100 projects, across five continents, helping organisations and individuals to leverage the benefits of business analysis, solution development and change management for enduring results. Newbert’s other projects include the creation of the hands-on business consulting toolset Sketchnalysis, and Pragnalysis, a resource hub that provides practical guidance for business analysts, project leaders and change managers.

When not enabling business change, you can usually find Joe out in the wilderness, running a trail somewhere.

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Taste of Technique Driven Strategic Business Analysis

Taste of Technique Driven Strategic Business Analysis News

With organisations under increasing pressure to remain relevant and competitive in the marketplace, Joe Newbert, Managing Director of Business Change Academy has been invited to present taste of technique driven strategic business analysis at the IIBA Southern Africa BA Summit, taking place Johannesburg from 1st to 3rd October 2018.

This three day conference programme about how organisations, in partnership with the business analysis profession, can embrace change and transform business to realise value provides a platform for all Business Analysts, and the organisations that employ them, to come together to debate and understand how how the business analyst role advises and drives strategy deliver business value, and support strategic business change.

Newbert’s talk titled “Hitchhiker’s Guide to Strategic Business Analysis” will power-through a best practice approach for business analysts on their journey of facilitating strategic business analysis with the end-in-mind of realising business benefits, while introducing definitive go-to tools and techniques that focus on engaging with stakeholders to elicit their real needs.

Presenting at the conference for the sixth straight year, Newbert says

“The problem is that in many organisations a broad strategy is rushed into project tactics, without fully analysing the business change sufficiently beforehand. This haste results in the many over-due, over-budget and under-quality project situations we commonly see today — strategic business analysis is the solution to this gap,” says Newbert.

Often the root cause is that the business project and information technology teams are not working in symphony, and Joe’s talk will showcase a stakeholder-centric method for analysing different perspectives and managing group consensus, as well as proven business analysis techniques to string together towards a persuasive business case.

Conference delegates will learn a holistic model for considering business systems and avoiding the pitfalls of silo-thinking, and a straightforward approach detailing the key steps for delivering a strategic business analysis project.

You can learn more about the IIBA Southern Africa BA Summit and book your seat here.

About Joe Newbert

Joe Newbert is a trainer, writer, speaker and business consultant, with a focus on remarkable business change through performance excellence. He is the Managing Consultant at Business Change Academy and founder of Inter-View.Report.

For more than 20 years, Joe has been working and leading teams on over 100 projects, across five continents, helping companies and individuals to leverage the benefits of business analysis, solution development and change management for enduring results. As well as assisting organisations such as the IIBA and PMI, Newbert’s other projects include the creation of the hands-on business consulting toolset Sketchnalysis, and Pragnalysis, a resource hub that provides practical guidance for business analysts, project leaders and change managers.

When not enabling business change, you can usually find Joe out in the wilderness, running a trail, somewhere.

About Business Change Academy

Business Change Academy is a training company based in Cape Town, South Africa. Founded in 2008, Business Change Academy provides accredited qualifications + short courses for project professionals seeking internationally recognised best-practice competencies in business analysis, solution development and change management.

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Unfinished Symphony Of Business Analysis And Project Management

Unpacking the future challenges for project delivery, Joe Newbert presents Unfinished Symphony Of Business Analysis And Project Management at PM Summit SA.

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Beyond Stakeholder Analysis And Management

Beyond Stakeholder Analysis And Management BCMG Talk

Unpacking what’s needed for remarkable stakeholder engagement, Joe Newbert presents Beyond Stakeholder Analysis And Management at PMI BA Virtual Conference.

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Business Analysis Weighs In at PM Summit 2017

Business Analysis Weighs In at PM Summit 2017 News

Project managers are trained from the get go to ‘get it right, the first time’. But what does it take to get a project right, the first time? And how do we define ‘right’? Find out how project success goes beyond achieving the triple constraints of scope, schedule and budget, as business analysis weighs in at PM Summit 2017 South Africa.

For answers to these questions and an opportunity engage with industry experts, don’t miss the PMI South Africa’s PM Summit on 9 November 2017 — at which Joe Newbert, MD of Business Change Management Group, will explore how having a focus on business activities, benefits and change can layer-up on the usual technical approaches to project management.

Dr. Lynn A. Keeys, PMP, President of PMI South Africa explains:

“Getting projects right in these times of unprecedented disruption, requires a different, comprehensive view of how to formulate, execute and deliver projects,”

Taking the right approach means understanding this new environment through business analytics and innovative approaches that enable adaptability, emergence and agility. These are exciting times for transforming how business analysis and project management work together in this new business context.

“Staying on the cutting edge of innovation in knowledge and practice is an imperative, and we’re delighted to have Joe Newbert talk to this very challenge,” says Dr. Lynn A. Keeys, PMP, President of PMI South Africa.

Joe’s presentation “Unfinished Symphony of Business Analysis and Project Management” will take an intimate look at business analysis and project management collaboration, and consider the transformation that must take place to achieve business success.

PM Summit boasts a stellar line up of confirmed speakers that are guaranteed to entertain, inspire and provoke lively discourse on a host of topics on which they are experts. As such, sessions promise to be lively and provocative, dealing with all areas of project management, such as stakeholder engagement, governance, leadership, benefits and business analytics.

Delve into new ways of thinking and learn contemporary project management approaches — register now for PM Summit 2017 presented by PMI South Africa Chapter.

About Joe Newbert

Joe Newbert is a trainer, writer, speaker and business consultant, with a focus on remarkable business change through performance excellence. He is the Managing Consultant at Business Change Academy and founder of Inter-View.Report.

For more than 20 years, Joe has been working and leading teams on over 100 projects, across five continents, helping companies and individuals to leverage the benefits of business analysis, solution development and change management for enduring results. As well as assisting organisations such as the IIBA and PMI, Newbert’s other projects include the creation of the hands-on business consulting toolset Sketchnalysis, and Pragnalysis, a resource hub that provides practical guidance for business analysts, project leaders and change managers.

When not enabling business change, you can usually find Joe out in the wilderness, running a trail, somewhere.

About Business Change Academy

Business Change Academy is a training company based in Cape Town, South Africa. Founded in 2008, Business Change Academy provides accredited qualifications + short courses for project professionals seeking internationally recognised best-practice competencies in business analysis, solution development and change management.

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Everybody’s Free (To Gear Up)

Everybody's Free (To Gear Up) BCMG Talk

Grounding the core competencies that business analysts must have to thrive in the future, Joe Newbert presents Everybody’s Free (To Gear Up) at BA Summit SA.

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PMI BA Virtual Conference Lines Up Joe Newbert

PMI BA Virtual Conference Lines Up Joe Newbert News

Business analysts need to effectively apply business analysis to any project or programme, and require a solid foundation from which to do so. Get an exclusive preview of the PMI Guide to Business Analysis as PMI BA Virtual Conference lines up Joe Newbert to present a practical approach on the topic of Stakeholder Engagement.

Enter the Business Analysis Virtual Conference 2017underwritten by ProjectManagement.com, where thought leader Joe Newbert, MD of Business Change Academy, will be adding his expertise alongside six other globally recognised business analysis subject matter experts.

On the agenda for this 3rd annual PMI event is the The PMI Guide to Business Analysis and its knowledge areas, with Joe discussing the topic of stakeholder engagement in his presentation titled ‘Beyond Stakeholder Analysis & Management”.

Joe’s talks have gained a reputation for providing forward-thinking ideas that shift the status-quo of the business analysis profession.

“We are delighted that Joe will be sharing his depth of knowledge and understanding of business analysis. Joe’s highly regarded insights and perspectives will surely be appreciated by the community at this dynamic event,” says Dave Bieg, Business Analysis & Requirements Program Manager at PMI.

Prepare yourself on 8 November 2017 at 8:30am (Eastern Time) to get in-depth insights into the competencies that will effectively support your organisation and advance your career, and apply business analysis to any situation and delivery method.

In this full day of virtual sessions free to the Business Analysis global community, you will learn how to:

  • Apply business analysis to any project situation using any delivery method: agile, hybrid, waterfall, and beyond
  • Integrate business analysis into agile approaches on projects and programs
  • Assess project needs, engage stakeholders, monitor progress and evaluate solutions

Take this opportunity to network with globally recognised business analysis experts and the PMI community from your home or office by tuning into this virtual conference. Earn 6 PDUs. And get the BA insights, resources, and tools you need for total project and career success, whether you are looking for a new position, seeking a promotion, moving into a new role or want to perform better in your current position.

For more information and to register, visit the PMI Business Analysis Virtual Conference page.

About Joe Newbert

Joe Newbert is a trainer, writer, speaker and business consultant, with a focus on remarkable business change through performance excellence. He is the Managing Consultant at Business Change Academy and founder of Inter-View.Report.

For more than 20 years, Joe has been working and leading teams on over 100 projects, across five continents, helping companies and individuals to leverage the benefits of business analysis, solution development and change management for enduring results. As well as assisting organisations such as the IIBA and PMI, Newbert’s other projects include the creation of the hands-on business consulting toolset Sketchnalysis, and Pragnalysis, a resource hub that provides practical guidance for business analysts, project leaders and change managers.

When not enabling business change, you can usually find Joe out in the wilderness, running a trail, somewhere.

About Business Change Academy

Business Change Academy is a training company based in Cape Town, South Africa. Founded in 2008, Business Change Academy provides accredited qualifications + short courses for project professionals seeking internationally recognised best-practice competencies in business analysis, solution development and change management.

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Modern Training Programme Primed For BA Summit

Modern Training Programme Primed For BA Summit News

As part of the eagerly anticipated ‘Business Analysis Event of the Year’, which is taking place at the Lord Charles Hotel, Somerset West in Cape Town from 4-6 September 2017, rising star Business Change Academy will be on-hand at the IIBA conference to showcase the latest, modern training programme primed for BA Summit delegates.

The annual event promises conference delegates the opportunity to learn, share and debate the topical issues that are facing the fast-evolving business analysis profession.

The conference enjoys strong endorsement from Business Change Academy, both from a historic perspective through the Inter-View Report and through their close philosophical alignment with this year’s theme “Business Analysis 4.0 (the Fourth Industrial Revolution)”.

The conference theme is elaborated on by BA Summit:

The skills of the business analyst will remain relevant and in high demand, as business analysis skills will anchor and enable this new revolution.

Long gone are the days that the stereotypical business analyst scribes, translates and couriers business requirements, also known as ‘Bridging the gap between business and IT’. It’s a debunked role. One that’s still epitomised by the limiting one-size fits all approach of traditional business analysis training.

Business Change Academy understand the competencies that business analysts truly need to possess.

“Because no two business analyst jobs are the same — given the diversity of specialist roles, uniqueness of organisational requirements and variety of career paths available — what’s needed today is a configurable training programme that meets the flexible knowledge, skills and abilities needed for contemporary business analysis,” says Joe Newbert, Managing Director.

Business Change Academy’s forward-thinking business analysis courses have been shaping the modern business analyst since 2007.

With this foresight we established our International Diploma in Business Analysis, the structure of which enables delegates to chose the modules, the sequence and the timing of the courses to match their career path.

Come and talk with the team, who will be showcasing their modern training programme primed for BA Summit delegates at the conference, to:

Through their proactive industry involvement and disruptive community innovations,Business Change Academy is well-known as South Africa’s foremost think-tank on contemporary business analysis, project delivery and change management competency.

Through our training offerings and advisory services we will continue to help grow the next generation of business analyst’s for South Africa,” says Newbert.

If you are unable to attend BA Summit 2017, or cannot wait until the 4th of September to learn more about how you can take your business analysis mastery to the next level, then start here.

About Business Change Academy

Business Change Academy is a training company based in Cape Town, South Africa. Founded in 2008, Business Change Academy provides accredited qualifications + short courses for project professionals seeking internationally recognised best-practice competencies in business analysis, solution development and change management.

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