In this BA Community Webinar, we were joined by Dr. Penny Pullan of Making Projects Work Ltd who presented a session entitled Virtual Leadership:How BAs Can Work Effectively When Their Teams And Stakeholders Aren’t Where They Are. This is a topic that I am sure will be of interest to many of us in the BA community, particularly those that work in distributed or ‘virtual’ project teams.
The webinar was recorded and can be viewed below:
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How can we work effectively as Business Analysts on virtual projects? How can we show up wholeheartedly for virtual meetings so that our stakeholders leave them with a smile (yes really)? When so many of us work far away from stakeholders, how do we form strong connections and communicate deeply when we only meet virtually? In our fast paced world of work, where multi-tasking is the norm, how do we engage people when they are likely to be distracted and pulled away by everything else that is happening around them?
While this webinar will be lots of fun, Penny is deadly serious. Without leadership and engagement, business analysts might as well stay at home. Tricky virtual projects need much more than just set processes for follow and honed analytical skills. You can expect an interactive webinar with Penny drawing live on the screen to bring ideas to life. Her hope is that you’ll leave inspired to tackle your tricky projects and engage your virtual stakeholders even more than you do now.
About the Speaker
Dr. Penny Pullan’s latest book is ‘Virtual Leadership: Practical strategies for getting the most out of virtual teams and virtual work’. Writing it involved immersing herself in the virtual world and listening to countless stories of success and, all too often, muddling through from business analysts and other change professionals!
Penny works with people in multinational organizations who are grappling with tricky projects: uncertain, with ambiguous requirements, stakeholders who need to be engaged and teams dispersed around the world. When they work with Penny, clients notice that communication, collaboration, and confidence grow. Change doesn’t seem quite as tricky as before! Penny tweets at @pennypullan, she’s a director of Making Projects Work Ltd. and has run the annual BA Summit basummit.com since 2010.