“One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.” – Elbert Hubbard

In Defense of Systems Analysis – Maria Amuchastegui

Why Business Analysts Should Stay Close to the Technical Side

My father was a systems analyst at IBM, so in a sense, I’m a second-generation business analyst. Many years ago, when I first moved into business analysis, my father advised me to stick close to the technical side. Good technical people, said my dad, are difficult to find, but business people are comparatively expendable. My dad wasn’t advising me to remain a computer programmer, as rewarding as the career is. He was pleased I had solid written and spoken communication skills, which technical folks often lack. Rather, he argued that a business analyst (BA) who combines communication skills with a solid technical background would never be out of a job…..

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Achieving Clarity of Thought – John Barris

“A kilo of noise?” The butcher roared with laughter as he heard my mother’s attempt to ask for meat in broken Spanish. She had just arrived in Uruguay, and she was attempting to buy a cut of meat called rueda, when the butcher heard ruido (the Spanish word for “noise”). Since I grew up in a country foreign to my New Zealand parents, I quickly learned the need to communicate and listen with clarity…..

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