Greetings from Business Analyst World Chicago

Posted by Robert Merrill on November 16, 2014 under Business Analysis and Requirements, Estimation | Be the First to Comment

I’m really here! I’m presenting one of my favorites, “Room to Breathe: The BA’s Role in Setting Realistic Budget & Schedule Estimates,” at Business Analyst World Chicago.

My goal is to get Business Analysts to consider taking ownership of early-lifecycle effort (cost) and schedule estimates. Here’s why:

  1. Cost and schedule are often primary nonfunctional requirements; we’ve been trained not to think that way, and that’s a mistake.
  2. Unrealistic cost and especially schedule expectations remain a primary cause of project failure; by the time a Project Manager is on scene, these expectations have often hardened.
  3. The Business Analyst role is becoming more holistic and value-focused, and it’s impossible to assess value without assessing cost and schedule.

I’ll also be teaching an early-lifecycle estimation technique that can be used even when very little is known. And I’ll be introducing some presentation and negotiation skills that focus the conversation on scope, where it belongs.

I also plan to attend

  • “Stepping into the BA leadership role: Do you have what it takes?” by Charlene Ceci
  • “They don’t get us!! How do we market ourselves and the BA role within our organizations?”by David Barrett
  • “Requirements Gathering Superheroes and Villains,” by Deena Chadwick
  • “The Soft Skills of Listening and Influencing Stakeholders for the Business Analyst,” by JoAnn Becker
  • “Increasing Your Perception As A Leader,” by Bonnie Biafore.

I’ll have to pass on

  • “Seven Reasons Agile Sucks – And What to Do About It,” by Greg Smith (not the Greg Smith I once worked with)

and then it will be time to come home, to keep a Tuesday evening commitment and be back at work on Wednesday.

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