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Limited horizons
I think this is a more serious problem
today than ever because we are more
specialized now. People just don't
get the same kind of business-wide
exposure they once did. For example,
I began my career as a mechanical
engineering apprentice at a large
manufacturing company back home in
the U.K. As part of that apprenticeship,
I had to work in every department, so I
learned how every department works.
I also spent a lot of time on the shop
floor, so I understood and got to like
the mindset of the people who worked
there.
My early IT training was around data
modeling and structured systems
design with entity modeling to third
normal form. I had to map all kinds of
processes and understand in detail how
many things operated in the company.
This experience was invaluable to me
as it showed me how a company runs,
the linkage between people, systems,
processes and data, how to solve the
kinds of problems that arise, and how to
make improvements.
You need to understand
the business and the
people who run that
business, including
what makes them tick ...
if you can't get the
chemistry right, you
are never going to be
effective.
In addition, IT itself used to be
structured in a way that meant more
people focused closely on the customer.
Thirty years ago, we had two tribes in
IT: the programmers and the business
analysts. The programmers were very
technical and skilled in programming in
very complex languages, and doing it in
a cost-effective way, because computer
time was expensive. The business
analysts focused on business analysis
and structured design. This second
group, which I belonged to, normally
didn't do any programming. We just
talked about business processes, data,
and entity modeling.
I believe the general analytic skill levels
have fallen over the last 15 years. As
storage and memory have come down
in price, systems have become more
inefficient and more complex, and
programming languages have become
easier. People can get things up and
running much more quickly now, but
the ease of use means they often miss
a step-they don't do the same level of
business process and data modeling
analysis that we used to do.
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