Sunday, February 7, 2010

The 10 Golden Rules of Systems Analysis

The 10 golden rules of Systems Analysis by John E. Gibson, William T. Scherer, William F. Gibson.

Rule 1: There Always Is a Client
Rule 2: Your Client Does Not Understand His Own Problem
Rule 3: The Original Problem Statement is too Specific: You Must Generalize the Problem to Give it Contextual Integrity.

Rule 4: The Client Does Not Understand the Concept of the Index of Performance
Rule 5: You are the Analyst, Not the Decision-Maker
Rule 6: Meet the Time Deadline and the Cost Budget
Rule 7: Take a Goal-Centered Approach to the Problem, Not a Technology-Centered or Chronological Approach
Rule 8: Nonusers Must be Considered in the Analysis and in the Final Recommendations
Rule 9: The Universal Computer Model is a Fantasy
Rule 10: The Role of Decision-Maker in Public Systems is Often a Confused One