PMI New Jersey Chapter
PMINJ 2020 August Professional Development
Thursday, 06 Aug - 7:00 - 8:00 PM


We have been to this show before – when markets are up, it’s hard to get people to take time to invest in their careers. When markets are down, it becomes a bit of a scramble for people to figure out what training to take or how to build up competencies to enhance their resume.

We are once again in uncertain times, but you are in a good place as a project manager! In this presentation, Laura Paton discusses the critical competency of business analysis and explains how many project managers are in a good position to use their business analysis skills as a differentiator in the job market.

For years – there has been this divide between project management and business analysis, but the real value comes when each role understands the other role and has skills in both disciplines.  Interested in finding unique ways to build out your resume in these uncertain times?  You won’t want to miss this presentation to hear how you can differentiate your resume by developing your skills in business analysis. You might even be surprised to find out that you possess some of these competencies already!!

Earn 1.0 PDUs - Session Code C020-20200806
   1.0 - Leadership
   0.0 - Strategic
   0.0 - Technical


Laura Patton


Laura Paton is a career project manager / business analyst professional with over 35 years of experience working on software related projects. Today she works as a coach, mentor, teacher, and practitioner. She is the founder of BA Academy, an online on-demand course provider offering training in business analysis. She is also the creator of the Voice of the Community podcast where she brings project professionals together to learn and share with each other.

One of the most unique aspects of her career has been the 10+ years she has spent consulting with the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) and the Project Management Institute (PMI) where she has led the development efforts of some of the most widely recognized business analysis standards in use today across the globe.

A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK® Guide) (IIBA 2009) – Project Manager
Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide (PMI 2015) - Chair and Lead Author
BABOK® Guide v3  (IIBA 2018) - Chair and Core Team Author
The PMI Guide to Business Analysis (PMI 2018) - Chair and Core Team Author

Laura has also served as VP of Professional Development for the IIBA Research Triangle Park Chapter and Head of Product Development for IIBA from 2011 – 2014.

Laura’s Voice of the Community podcast is available on Apple iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and GooglePlay.

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