BADD 2017 - Breakout Session : BA / PM Collaboration

BA / PM Collaboration


It is important to honor the priorities of both the Business Analyst and the Project Manager. One can’t win out over the other or the end users might suffer. So, how do we find the right balance? How do PMs and BAs come together to support each other while standing up for the essence and integrity of their roles?

In this session, we cover how Business Analysts and Project Managers can collaborate better to achieve success on projects and deliver more value to their organization.   When Project Managers and Business Analysts work together well, projects tend to run smoothly.  This kind of partnership means that issues are identified and resolved quickly, knowledge is shared, and everyone gets the support they need to be successful.

After attending this session, you'll understand:

arrow.png      When does a project require both a BA and PM
arrow.png      Why BAs and PMs often don’t collaborate well
arrow.png      What are the boundaries for both the BA and PM
arrow.png      Techniques for improving collaboration

Dr. Michael Durbin, PMP, PMI-ACP, PhD is a Senior Consultant with Daugherty Systems and the past Chapter President of the International Institute of Business Analyst (IIBA) in St. Louis.  Michael was a former adjunct professor at the John Cook School of Business where he taught both Project Management and System Analysis & Design.  He is a full-time PM/BA in the business community and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), certified Professional Business Analyst (PMI-PBA), and Certified ScrumMaster (CSM).  Michael has managed projects for organizations large and small, including Saint Louis University, Monsanto, Ralston Purina, Charter Communication, Express Scripts and Basler Electric.  Michael received a B.S. from Millikin University in 1991 and an M.A. in 1995 from the University of Illinois, both in the area of Management Information Systems.  Additionally, Dr. Durbin completed a Ph.D. in Education Administration at Saint Louis University and he continues to do research and writing on management and leadership topics.