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Business Analysis for Project Managers

The complexity of projects is forever increasing and the demand for delivering quality solutions on time and within cost is still critical for project success. Business Analysis techniques and tools are core enablers and project managers are aware of this reality.

Employers in time of cost cutting measures, seek increased polyvalence in their human resources. On small to intermediate projects the question is often asked: Do I need both a Project Manager and a Business Analyst? On larger projects, better communication equates to better quality (time and cost) and understanding the tasks, techniques, tools and challenges that the Business Analysts are faced with aides in delivering projects successfully.

This workshop will help bridge the knowledge gap between project management and business analysis.

Date: November 16-17, 2015
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: 688 Sherbrooke Street West
Fee: $895 CAD plus applicable taxes

PMI® Professional Development Units (PDUs): 14 PDUs
IIBA® PD Hours / CDU : 14


This workshop prepares students to better understand the tasks and activities performed by a Business Analyst throughout the project life cycle with a focus on requirements and requirements management.

It provides an overview of the skills, tools and techniques that are required to elicit requirements at different levels, whether working in a Waterfall or hybrid Agile environments.

A threaded Business Case with numerous hands-on team exercises is leveraged to apply the industry best practice techniques and skills.  Hints, Tips and best in class techniques will be shared and applied.  Agile ingredients will be injected into the Requirement Workshop approach leveraging the 5Cs of a great Business Analyst and 6Ps of a fantastic BA-PM facilitator.

Who Should Attend

Project managers, SMEs and other project stakeholders wishing to understand the tools, techniques, processes used by Business Analyst. 


At the end of this workshop, the participants will be able to:

  • Apply numerous world-class Business Analysis techniques in their work environment immediately.
  • Understand the differences and interrelationships between the Project Manager and the Business Analysis 
  • Better communicate with all project stakeholders using best practice business analysis tools and techniques.  
  • Elicit, document, analyse, verify and validate requirements at all levels.
  • Possibly seek to become professionally certified by the International Institute of Business Analysis-IIBA® (CBAP® or CCBA®).

Topics Covered

Module 1 – PMs in BA World

  • Today’s challenges
  • Best Practices & Standards
  • A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) & BABOK – Similarities & Differences
  • BA & PM Comparative Analysis – Competencies & Skills

Module 2 – Requirements in the Real World 

  • Definition & Requirement types as per Best Practices
  • From Text, Business Process, Use Cases  to Business Rules
  • Documentation, verification and validation techniques
  • Documenting Constraints & Assumptions
  • Risk identification   

Module 3 – Requirements Elicitation Techniques

  • Understanding the What and Why of requirements elicitation
  • Choosing the right elicitation  technique
  • The art & science of questioning
  • Key elicitation techniques for success 
Module 4 – Requirements Management for Success
  • Requirements Engineering versus Requirement Management
  • Leveraging various requirements prioritization techniques
  • Hints & tips for better managing requirement attributes & traceability, with and without tools
  • Managing requirement changes effectively

Module 5 – Requirement Workshop – A Pragmatic Approach

  • Understanding the What & Why
  • Designing, preparing and executing best in class Requirement Workshops
  • Requirement facilitation  Golden Rules


  • Key take away items for continued success
  • Next Steps into  the world of Business Analysis
  • Sharing of the BA Toolbox
    • References
    • Tools 


Georges Bryson, B.Comm.,  CBAP, CSTE, ITIL, PSM 

George Bryson teaches Comprehensive Business Analysis course at McGill School of Continuing Studies.

Georges Bryson has been a senior Business Analyst (CBAP® 2008) in the IT environment for the last 30 years and is also Vice President of MontGuide.  He has been an active member of the IIBA® since its birth in 2003 and a member of PMI since 1997. He is presently VP Professional Development – IIBA® Montreal Chapter. Georges also teaches Comprehensive Business Analysis & Facilitation: An Art and a Science at McGill University (co-author of the course & workshop). He detains Lean 6 Sigma – Level 1 certification. He is a graduate of Concordia University and has also completed his studies in Project Management (McGill University). He is passionate about leading change in organizations leveraging best practice Business Analysis (including latest Agile techniques) and Project Management techniques and tools and has been extremely successful nationally and internationally on projects in IT and non IT environments.

Robert (Bob) Abbott, MCPM

Bob Abbott teaches Comprehensive Business Analysis course at McGill School of Continuing Studies.

Bob is an experienced enterprise Senior Project Manager with over 30 years of Information and Technology experience within the telecommunications industry. Bob is a graduate of McGill University in computer science, and has his Masters Certification in Project Management from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). He has been a change agent in the development and introduction of new agile processes, procedures and collaboration techniques within various Information and Technology organizations. He has also designed and delivered various types of corporate training to more than 2500 managers on enterprise project tools, processes and techniques.

Bob is a consultant and works with various corporations providing facilitation and specialized training for teams in both IT and non-IT domains. Bob has a passion for teaching and developing people, he challenges teams to think out of the box, and during his workshops uses creative approaches to build an atmosphere of trust and creative thinking.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellation & substitution requests must be made in writing to pd [dot] conted [at] mcgill [dot] ca.
Receive a full refund if your cancellation request is received up to 14 days prior to the start date of the workshop.
Receive a refund minus $100 cancellation fee if your cancellation request is received up to 7 days prior to the start date of the workshop.
No Refunds are issued if your cancellation request is received within 7 days of the start date of the workshop, however suitable participation substitution will be permitted.
Please note that if no notice is given prior to the start of the event(s) and you fail to attend, you will be liable for the full course fee.
McGill SCS reserves the right to cancel an event up to 5 days prior to its start.

Contact Information

Telephone: 514-398-5454
E-mail: pd [dot] conted [at] mcgill [dot] ca

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