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As a Business Analyst or Project Manager, you are on the front lines of bringing products to market that build value for your business. If you’re like most BAs, however, you spend too much time reporting status, explaining context and tracking decisions. From listening to you over the years, we’ve started the list by identifying six of the biggest challenges—or monsters—that BAs and PMs face (see list, below) but many other monsters lurk out there, slowing down your project and throwing obstacles in your way.
Jama is headed to ProjectWorld – BusinessAnalystWorld Toronto June 9-12 and guess what? We want to see you there. So much so that we’re giving away a free trip to Toronto for the conference. Want to be the lucky winner? Entering to win is easy! All you have to do is answer this question: What is the biggest productivity-killing monster you face in your job?
This executive monster comes to you at the last minute with critical feedback you asked for weeks ago. Right when you’re about to move forward, she’ll swoop in to mix things up; chances are, Swoop results in more work and less time to get it done.
The Rework monster pops up months after you’ve made a decision and moved forward. He wants all the details, asking you to prove who decided what was decided, when and why. Guess what happens next? You get to redo something!
The CYA monster has selective memory and doesn’t remember that conversation where you both agreed on a new direction. Do you have the backup necessary answer this monster’s detailed questions?
This monster is an essential contributor to your project, with a long history on your team and an ironclad memory. This monster is great… until he suddenly disappears forever with all that intelligence.
Your finished product lands with a resounding… “meh” from this monster. He was expecting x, y, and z, but you delivered q, r and s. All that work you did turns out to be based on mismatched expectations so the best you could deliver is disappointment.
This monster blocks you from knowing the whole project, treating you like a task rabbit. She thinks as long as you and every other cog do your part, the whole product will hum, not understanding the importance of context so everyone knows what is being built and why.
Now that you’ve met our monsters, introduce us to yours! You’ll be automatically entered to win the trip to ProjectWorld – BusinessAnalystWorld Toronto.
How to Enter
- Leave a comment about your monster. Is yours a version of one of these we’ve described? Or is your productivity-crushing monster a different breed altogether?
- Tweet us at @JamaSoftware using the hashtag #nameyourmonster with a 140-character monster description.
What You’ll Win
- A two-day symposium pass to ProjectWorld – BusinessAnalystWorld in Toronto, June 9-12 (value: $1,090)
- Round-trip airfare to Toronto (reimbursable up to $500)
- Two nights hotel accommodations at The Strathcona Hotel near the conference center (Prize includes room and any applicable taxes, $175 night + tax)
* We’ll need your email address and full name to contact you, but no worries; this info remains under wraps.