Having both a Project Manager (PM) and a Business Analyst (BA) is critical to the success of each project. Every role provides specialized capabilities that make the difference between whether a project succeeds or struggles. PM’s and BA’s each have unique set of skills and knowledge areas. They both understand the ultimate goal of the project. They each work on their own tasks within the project to achieve these objectives. There are some Areas of a project where the PM and BA work together or serve as a backup for each other. The difference in each role is the reason that it’s very critical to have both roles on the team. The product will be built on time and within budget.
Focus, Quality, Experience, and risks. A strong PM will utilize the analysis skills of the BA to make sure that the scope is feasible and well defined. The PM also reviews the decisions made when the BA and technical architect design the solution. Typically the PM reviews all project deliverables at a high level looking for project adjustments and issues. The BA reviews all project deliverables that are related to requirements, solution design and testing; looking in detail to make sure that the business needs are being addressed. During the project both the BA and the PM will maintain a relationship with their “customers.” The BA handles the business area and the PM will report project status and work to resolve issues. Both roles also have an ongoing dialogue with the technical team members. Excellent PMs and BAs will work hand-in-hand to make the most of each other’s strengths. It is the healthy tension between the PM and the BA, that the PM pushing to move forward and the BA cautiously wanting to gather just one more detail before heading forward, that makes the combination so successful. They are interdependent because their goals are in conflict.
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