With the current emphasis on Agile Methodologies, we can forget that there
is another way of looking at the application development game. Somewhat
reminiscent of the Systems Analyst of the waterfall methodologies of the 60s
and 70s, the Business Analyst focuses on uncovering the requirements,
details, and solution descriptions before the actual coding begins.
Rent or Buy? When is a consultant better than an employee? When is
expensive cheaper than cheap? Read this article before Timmy sets the dog on
Often the technical people are blamed for failures they had no control over
whilst overpriced vendors often walk away untouched. If we don't want to be
one of these statistics, we need to stop the disaster before it starts. To
do this we need to take the initiative in the business strategy before it
gets to the technology discussion. This is why we need to engage in the
business consultation process. David Jordan talks about this problem and the
solutions to addressing it.