The project managers and business analyst can make a great partnership as long as they’re speaking the same language.
In this video, I provide guidance to BA’s on how they can use the theory of triple constraints to work better with their PM’s.
WHAT IS THE TRIPLE CONSTRAINTS IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT
It’s a fundamental theory of project management. Triple constraints theory tells project managers that there are real-world limitations their project is bounded by.
When the management of a company assigns a project to the project manager they will always tell the manager 3 things:
- Here’s the amount of money you’re allowed to spend to deliver this project. (cost)
- Here is the schedule we’re expecting you to stick to. (time)
- Here’s the set of functionality, the scope and the level of quality we’re expecting to be delivered. (scope)
*Although this is a core concept of project management, you should know that real life projects are much more complex than being bound by 3 constraints – this is merely a mental model for the profession that PM’s are taught.
A business analyst can utilize the theory of triple constraints as a way of forming better relationships with their project manager because all project managers are taught this theory.
How To Utilize The Triple Constraints
Good, Fast, Cheap. — That’s is how all clients want their product delivered.
You as the Project Manager or the BA need to manage expectations and you can do so utilizing Good, Fast, Cheap.
Depending on the size of the project, either the BA or the PM may be assigned to handling pieces of the project.
There are some instances where you wouldn’t have to work with a project manager.
If you’re doing an enhancement to the system that doesn’t require a lot of analysis or development work, chances are that your company is not going to dedicate a project manager a full-time project manager to manage that piece.
The expectation for most clients in that situation is for the business analysts to do some of the project management work that needs to get done to get that small piece of change implemented into production.
Project Managers are always taught clients can only choose 2 of the 3 constraints for the project to be delivered.