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Business Analysis for the Project Manager

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This 2-day course is designed to give Project Managers a better understanding of Business Analysis and how it can help them improve their projects. Project Managers will learn how to make more effective use of Business Analysts for their projects and also how to themselves employ some Business analysis tools, techniques, and approaches for better project outcomes. This course will focus on the real-world aspects of the material for PMs with an emphasis on practical examples and exercises.

Business Analysis is considered by many to be the way to achieve the next quantum leap in project performance since formalized, professional project management.

This course is not meant to be a comprehensive account of BA for working Business Analysts but rather covers specific parts of the BA Body of Knowledge as they specifically relate to working Project Managers and certain of the Knowledge Areas of PMI’s Guide to the PMBOK.

This course conforms to the internationally recognized standards of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) and their respective Bodies of Knowledge.


Participants will gain practical skills for:

  • Using Business Analysts and BA practices for improved stakeholder analysis.
  • Identify and avoid common causes of project failure.
  • Using Business Analysts and BA practices for improved scope definition and scope management.
  • Using Business Analysts and BA practices for improved change management, better Change Request impact analysis, fewer missed deliverables.
  • Better business analysis for less rework and schedule slippage.
  • Improved inputs to your WBS and understanding why.



The Business Analysis for the Project Manager is specifically designed for working Project Managers but is also appropriate for individuals engaged in project or portfolio governance, project approval, or those tasked with improving their organization’s project delivery methodology and processes


Knowledge of basic Project Management concepts is desirable but no prior knowledge of Business Analysis is expected or required.


You will receive a course binder containing copies of presentation slides, case studies, exercises, and suggested solutions.



  • Course introduction and learning objectives
  • Review of some reasons for project failures
  • Definitions of accepted BA terminology and how they relate to PM terms


Starting Off on the Right Foot

  • Understanding the business, the clients, and the Business Problem.
  • Building a more complete (and manageable!) definition of your project’s scope.
  • Why is proper stakeholder analysis so important?


The Viable Solution

  • Properly defining your deliverables
  • How to choose between competing solutions for increased customer acceptance
  • The matrix approach

Requirements 101: Establishing Project Activities &emdash; Work Breakdown Structure

  • What is a requirement?
  • Types of requirements
  • Understanding how requirements, requirement types, and scope affect each other
  • What the PM needs to know about differing approaches for eliciting business requirements
  • Identifying and resolving conflicting requirements
  • Common methods for validating and documenting requirements
  • Requirements specification - what is it and why is it important to the smooth running and timely progress of a project?
  • Increasing project efficiency and managing stakeholder expectations

course info

Course ID: 5100
Course Level: Beginner
Duration: 2 days

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PMI Talent TriangleThe following table provides the breakdown of the professional development units (PDUs) for this course aligned with the PMI Talent TriangleTM.

  Tech. Ldrshp. Strat. & Bus.
PMP 14 0 0
PgMP 14 0 0
PfMP 0 0 0
PMI-ACP 0 0 0
PMI-SP 14 0 0
PMI-RMP 14 0 0
PMI-PBA 14 0 0

The three columns in the table are Technical Project Management, Leadership, and Strategic & Business Management.

Other Credits

Other professional (re)certification credits are available, including:

  • Certified Business Analyst Professionals (CBAPs) earn 14CDUs (Category 2B)
  • Certified Software Quality Engineers (CSQEs) earn 2 RUs
  • CIPS Information Systems Professionals (ISPs) earn 14 Learning Credits
  • CIPS Information Technology Certified Professional (ITCPs) earn 14 Learning Credits