Re: The Mythical Man-Month

Subject: Re: The Mythical Man-Month
From: jlshaeffer -at- aol -dot- com
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2007 00:07:25 -0400

Richard Lewis wrote:

What really astounds me is how poor the requirements communications process
s. Sorry to say it, but 98% of all business analysts can only maintain focus
n essential (i.e., implementation independent) requirements for about 30
econds. Afterward, he/she HAS to digress into, time-wasting implementation
etails, that should either be postponed until much later in the discussions -
r, more often than not, need not be discussed at all. I say HAS because
nalysts very often appear to be driven to act in such a way out of some great

And if you look at the job advertisements for business analysts, you'll see lists of required programming languages and specific software tools. Thus,Âthe requirements for the position of business analyst are expressed primarily in terms of implementation factors, not analysis and design factors.

Jim Shaeffer

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