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Five Ways "No" Men Help Your Business

Five Ways "No" Men Help Your Business | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Everyone has heard of "yes" men in business, but do you have "no" men? These are the people who will play devil's advocate. Every business leader needs one.

I have taken this advice. In fact, my entire team is made up of “no” men. And, let me tell you, it’s hard.

H-A-R-D!

When you start a business from the ground up, put all of your sweat, tears, heart, and money into it, and have your entire life wrapped into it, it’s really hard to hear your baby is ugly.

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Marc Kneepkens's insight:

Yes, you do need some countering, different views, obstruction, nay-sayers. You need to be prepared when your product or service becomes public. If you don't have that in yourself, surround yourself with honest people telling you what they really think.

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Cut Mobile Development Costs Using Business Analysis

Cut Mobile Development Costs Using Business Analysis | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
A strategic business analysis by a qualified analyst can help decide, for example, if an expensive, long-term project can successfully achieve your business goals.


“Business analysts don't get the glamour, and they don't get the glory. For some reason, we always think that should go just to the people who write the code, even though they wouldn't know what code to write in the first place if it weren't for the business analysts.”
Carey Schwaber, a former senior analyst of application development at Forrester Research

There are two key roles that determine a project’s fate: those of the business analyst and the project manager. While generally no one questions the necessity of a project manager on a team, there are frequently attempts to cut down expenses on business analysts.

Staffordshire University estimates that most projects dedicate the least amount of time and effort to analysis – around 10% on average. Additionally, IBM states that around 75% of its total project re-work costs are spent on fixing analysis errors.

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Marc Kneepkens's insight:

Excellent case for a Business Analysis.

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, February 9, 2014 11:48 AM

Excellent case for Business Analysis. In the world of app development, many developers start out very excitedly. However, isn't it better to take a good look at the complete process before wasting time, energy and money for a doomed project, whatever the reason for failure may be? And if not failure, how about streamlining the process?

Venkadesh Narayanan's curator insight, March 16, 1:02 AM

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