Reining In Rogue Projects

Posted by Amanda McVitty on 22 February 2012

Business analysis experts from Optimation and Vodafone will be teaming up at the 3rd Annual BA Masterclass in a session that applies their extensive shared knowledge to the question of how to avoid common project problems. ‘Learning from Wayward Projects’ will be led by Philip Quirke (PQ), BA Practice Manager for Vodafone, and John Robertson, a Senior Business Analyst from Optimation.

Acknowledging that changing product requirements, budgets, and timeframes can all result in project delays and complications, John and PQ will take attendees through a number of processes and BA techniques they can use to mitigate the root causes. Some of the topics they will cover include:

  • Using primary and secondary research methods when eliciting requirements
  • Identifying gaps in organisational knowledge and capabilities
  • Applying business acumen in the requirements elicitation process

Both John and PQ have extensive experience across a wide range of project environments. John has a computer science background and has held both consulting and inward-facing roles. With a diverse BA skill set, he has worked in the supply chain, retail, and telecommunications industries and he has a penchant for using progressive BA methodologies to drive quality across the SDLC.

PQ has worked at a range of large and small companies, start-ups and established companies including Fonterra and Woosh Wireless. With a strong record of successful delivery in high pressure, complex IT environments in the accounting, printing, dairy and telecommunications industries, he has a passion for improving teams, systems, and processes.

The 3rd Annual BA Masterclass will be held at the Crowne Plaza in Auckland from April 30 – May 1. For more information and to register, visit the Conferenz website.