How Portfolio Project Management (PPM) Can Improve Your Workflows

How Portfolio Project Management (PPM) Can Improve Your Workflows Project management is a valuable tool to make sure individual projects fall within their set budgetary and scheduling guidelines. However, there is a level above that. Portfolio project management (PPM) works with all of the projects within an organization; it is the umbrella management over traditional […]

Why Strong Processes Make Teams More Resilient to Change

Why Strong Processes Make Teams More Resilient to Change Mid-level project managers and CEOs alike want their teams to be able to handle change well. From corporate initiatives to adjustments in client needs, change is a part of the modern workplace. However, without stability and established processes, executives have no hope of leading flexible agile […]

Hybrid Business Analyst

Hybrid Business Analyst What opportunities are available for a Hybrid Business Analyst? Learn what this role entails, what skills you need and how to navigate the Hybrid BA role. Check out this new podcast with Paul Crosby and IIBA International.

Does Your Business Analyst Have a Say in Vendor Selection? (They Should.)

Does Your Business Analyst Have a Say in Vendor Selection? (They Should.) Few companies have the budget and bandwidth to develop everything they do in-house. From software tools that ease payroll and marketing processes to outside firms that take over parts of their external options, companies often work with dozens of contractors and vendors that […]

7 Brainstorming Exercises for Design Thinking Excellence

7 Brainstorming Exercises for Design Thinking Excellence Idea generation is a core part of the design thinking process. When asking your team for more insight and innovation, you’ll need to provide design thinking prompts and questions to start the collaborative process. If you’re struggling to hold meaningful brainstorming sessions, you might need to get creative. […]

How To Change Your Business Process and Preserve Your Culture

How To Change Your Business Process and Preserve Your Culture Picture this: A company has tackled a core function the same way, with the same team, for years. It’s time to make a change, and the shift is announced with great fanfare. Months later, the company has reverted to the old processes. What happened? Changing […]

Why a Business Analyst’s Change Readiness Assessment is Crucial

Why a Business Analyst’s Change Readiness Assessment is Crucial Founders and entrepreneurs often have dozens of good ideas at any one time about how they can move their companies forward. They know that their businesses need to evolve if they are going to stay competitive and grow. However, constant change can wear employees down — […]

How Flat Management Empowers Employees and Improves Agility

How Flat Management Empowers Employees and Improves Agility As more companies embrace agile frameworks or adopt lean six sigma models of continuous improvement, they are finding that their traditional organizational structure clashes with these workplace processes. In some cases, teams are restructured to improve processes, while other companies are looking at flatter, less hierarchical plans.  […]

Understanding Minimum Viable Product: How Business Analysts Balance Needs vs. Wants

Understanding Minimum Viable Product: How Business Analysts Balance Needs vs. Wants Customers are impatient. They demand new solutions and demand them immediately. But taking a concept and developing it into a marketable product that satisfies its users takes time and usually many iterations.  This is where the business analyst comes in. Business analysts play a […]

Top 2020 Leadership Trends to Guide Your Organization Through Change

Top 2020 Leadership Trends to Guide Your Organization Through Change As the workplace continues to evolve, so does our idea of what makes a good leader. How does a leader interact with technology? How does a leader guide employees through change? While many companies are built on the idea that a good leader can make […]