24 August 2008

Networking, Brokerage and Business Analysts

Graham Durant-Law writes a fascinating blog on network analysis in the project management field. He is researching the field and produces a number of presentations on the topic of networks and complexity.

Complexity of course is something we strive to avoid or at least manage away as best we can.

I found this idea below among the presentations on his site. Have a look at this slide pack I put together – it’s an expansion of one of his slides on the various roles people can plan in managing communication on projects. (All I did was turn one slide into several – the IP is all his.)

Graham highlights these five roles and describes the way they can contribute or inhibit the flow of information, and how their influence can be as an outsider or insider.

1. Coordinator
2. Gatekeeper
3. Consultant
4. Representative
5. Liaison

The topic of project roles came up at the IIBA blog this week in the context of different types of BA roles; Kevin Brennan describes two styles that the BABOK tries to accommodate - the consultant and the facilitator.

Graham's model highlights that there are a broader range of styles that the BA can apply to her or his work.

When you've read the presentation, and if you like, visited Graham's content (at Knowledge Matters, I’d be interested to know how you play your role as a BA.

5 Project Roles
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