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Episode 489: Business Analysis and Project Management (Free)

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In this episode, we are delighted to host Laura Brandenburg, a seasoned Business Analyst, CEO, and founder of Bridging the Gap. She shares her wealth of experience and knowledge, navigating the fascinating intersection of business analysis and project management.

Diving deep into the career path of a Business Analyst, Laura helps unravel the trajectory one can expect, skills required, and significant turning points that shape the BA career. She provides insights for those eager to step into the BA world, suggesting strategies for transitioning from other fields, addressing potential challenges, and sharing invaluable resources for those starting out.

Next, we delve into the nuanced dynamics between business analysis and project management. Laura explores the unique roles of BAs and PMs, their overlaps, and how they complement each other. Drawing from her personal experiences, she provides a unique perspective on how these roles can differ and intersect in real-world scenarios.

Emphasizing the value of business analysis skills for project managers, Laura discusses the importance of continual skill development in ensuring successful project management. She shares compelling examples where her BA skills played a crucial role in successful project execution.

Addressing the Agile methodology, Laura discusses the shifting role of a Business Analyst in such an environment. She presents how BAs contribute to the Agile principles of continuous improvement and change response, providing concrete instances from her own experience where the BA role was instrumental in Agile project success.

Finally, we discuss the impact of AI on business analysis, exploring how it has already altered the BA role and the implications for the future. Laura highlights the skills BAs must develop in response to AI advancements and provides recommendations for adapting to these ongoing changes.

This episode is packed with thought-provoking insights, whether you're a veteran in project management or business analysis, or you're just getting started. Join us as we navigate the intriguing intersection of these two domains with Laura Brandenburg.

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Cornelius Fichtner
Cornelius Fichtner
Cornelius Fichtner, PMP, CSM, is the host and the author at The Project Management Podcast. He has welcomed hundreds of guests and project management experts to the podcast and has helped over 60,0000 students prepare for their PMP® Exam. He has authored dozens of articles on and PM World 360. He speaks at conferences around the world about project management, agile methodology, PMOs, and Project Business. Follow him on Twitter and connect with him on LinkedIn.

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