I am bit confused between the role of project manager and business analyst. What is the basic difference between the two?

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    It would be nice if you can list down the confusion you have between the roles (which you have also mentioned in your question). Thanks. Commented Dec 20, 2018 at 8:51
  • Currently as it stands, your question is a bit broad and open-ended. Commented Dec 20, 2018 at 8:52
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    Good answer by DPH, thank you for your teachings!
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    Commented Dec 21, 2018 at 9:13
  • There is nothing open ended about this @Aziz. How could the OP possibly list their confusion? That is absurd. Commented Dec 21, 2018 at 9:34

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They're just different roles.

A PM is responsible for guiding the project to successful completion.

A Business Analyst is typically responsible for elaborating the solution from concept to detailed requirements.

There can be conflict between the two roles, also. In some organizations, there is a combined PM/BA role. I tend to recommend against them, because there is often a conflict of interests in how the project should be managed.

PM-oriented people tend to want to deliver the project on-time, on-budget, etc. BA-oriented people often tend to favor extending the project to improve the delivered product.

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