Want to be a Successful Business Analyst? Ask these 8 Questions. Part 3/8

This post is part of a series that explores questions that a good business analyst will ask. This is Question 3 of 8.

What Internal and External Resources Will I need to use to Make This Project Successful?

Know Your Resources

As a Business Analyst and/or Project Manager you must know your resources. If you don’t, you won’t be able to properly scope out the project as you should.

And (ego crusher here) your team will most likely think you’re the village idiot who is nothing more than a glorified paper pusher.

Now, you don’t have to be an expert in the field you’re overseeing. It’s a good idea to have hands on experience with what you’re asking the team to do.

I don’t mean, theoretical and I watched a walk-through, I kind of understand the process.
I mean, rolling up your sleeves, getting your hands dirty and doing what you’re asking the team to do.

This is especially true for the first time manager. Now, don’t think that the idea of resources applies to your staff. No. Resources can include strategy, physical equipment to complete the job, metrics, modeling and presentation requirements.

Why is this important? You will determine who and what will are needed to complete the project. You’ll need establish the project timelines.

Still don’t think resources are important. Ask yourself this. Would you rather spend your time chasing after resources or competing the project and  billing it?

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Johann Lohrmann
Business Analyst
www.johannlohrmann.com

Depressed Businessman Courtesy of nuttakit / FreeDigitalPhotos.net, http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/view_photog.php?photogid=1556

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