New Location: Glickman Library - Rm 423, University of Southern Maine, Portland
As a software development project is organized and executed, what does the business analyst do? What should the business analyst do?
Those questions will be explored and answered at the Feb. 13 program of Maine PMI by Joseph Gwozdz, longtime information systems leader/manager and president of the PMI Maine chapter. The program will be presented in USM’s Glickman Library (Room 423) at Bedford Street and Forest Avenue in Portland.
Gwozdz will define how the Project Management Life Cycle and the Systems Development Life Cycle interface with the Business Analysis Book of Knowledge and how both relate to PMI’s Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge.
Besides discussing the methodology described in the BABOK, he will offer practical tips and techniques for doing the job well – and for avoiding the not-to-do list of business analysis. He will review sample requirements specifications to give an appreciation of what goes into them. He also will provide a list of further resources analysts can call upon for help.
The role of the business analyst, Gwozdz explains, includes requirements management, business processes, people change management and project portfolio management. The responsibilities extend to understanding the stakeholders, breaking the work down to the activity level, validating processes through receiving feedback and managing expectations throughout the process.
As time allows, the program participants will try out concepts in a workshop setting.
Joseph Gwozdz, PMP, currently is a senior information systems project manager for Maine Health, headquartered in Portland. He has more than 30 years of of experience in all phases of information systems development and management, including having served as director of the IT PMO for a Fortune 500 company.
He has developed and delivered global integration strategies in the insurance and retail domains, leading high-level management teams in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. He has directly contributed to definition and development of enterprise-wide IS project/program management practices, governance standards, processes and metrics.
He holds associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration and information technology. Besides the Project Management Professional certificate of the Project Management Institute, he has earned a master’s level Project Management certification from Boston University.