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Organizations today may find that business analysis is being performed withintheir organization by one or more of these roles:Agile team members;Business architects;Business intelligence analysts;Business process analysts;Business subject matter experts;Data, functional, operational, systems, or user experience analysts;Enterprise business analysts;Product managers or product owners;Project managers;Requirements, software requirements, systems, or value engineers; andRequirements managers.1.6.3 The Relationship Between the Project Manager,Business Analyst, and Other RolesThe project manager and business analyst serve in critical leadership roles onprograms and projects. When these roles work in partnership and collaborateeffectively together, a project will have a much higher chance of being successful.Yet the relationship between project managers and business analysts is not alwaysoptimally aligned and, consequently a division between the roles performing theseactivities occurs. Instead of building a close partnership, the roles workindependently and at times at odds with one another.Confusion exists between project managers and business analysts, because thereis a perceived overlap of the work that each is responsible for performing.Confusion also exists because there are inconsistent definitions and use of the roleacross industries, organizations, and departments within the same organization.Confusion continues to build as the role evolves, and organizations that recognizethe value of business analysis are beginning to employ more business analystswithin their organizations.This practice guide is intended to clarify these roles through the use ofcollaboration points. These visual callouts are intended to emphasize areas where24
collaboration between the project manager and business analyst is important andcritical to project success. This practice guide also explains the areas of perceivedoverlap and explains how the work is similar but not the same. Collaborationpoints are also used to call out opportunities for business analysts to work togetherwith other roles in support of programs and projects.1.6.4 The Need to Build the RelationshipsBy providing the industry with a greater understanding of the work performedwithin business analysis and explaining how it is essential to the overall work ofthe project, this practice guide is intended to improve the collaboration betweenthese critical roles.When the project manager and business analyst are not in sync, there are tangibleand intangible impacts to project success. When there is a lack of synergy betweenproject managers and business analysts, there are project inefficiencies, criticalwork is overlooked or duplicated, stakeholders are confused, and the project teamfails to operate at an optimum level of efficiency. Taking actionable steps to bridgethe gaps between the roles should provide positive impacts to project performanceand, ultimately, organizational success.

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Computer Science, Project Management, Requirements analysis, Business analyst

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