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“Sometimes it happens that a man’s circle of horizon
becomes smaller and smaller,
and as the radius approaches zero
it concentrates on one point.
And then that becomes his point of view.”
I seek to understand and establish my view towards the contemporary world.
To have a comprehensive perception, I look at matters from 4 views, in that order
- Scientific View. As my background is Information and Communication Technology, my scientific view will be from Computer Science
- Business View. This requires business analysis
- Social View. This view requires analysis on societies, culture and human behavior during emergence of globalization
- optional Spiritual View
Problems with Trait tests mis-use
Firstly, many of them cover self-assessment. As depicted in the “360 assessment” illustration, self-assessment alone is never, and far from enough. How good self-assessment results are depends on their self-awareness.
Next, using these tests for what they were not intended for may invite counter effects. Trait tests were designed to guide rather than to judge, they give more information on preferences than on abilities. They help people to identify their potentials; they are not to identify people’s capabilities. They are great in creating and maintaining healthy relationships, but they are not an excuse for relationship termination
Furthermore, when seeing test result of a person, you’re seeing a snapshot of that person together with his mental and probably physical conditions. People are not static, but dynamic and growing, fluctuating with dreams, visions and aspirations.
Applying Trait tests without credentials of ethical and appropriate use might come as another question. A lot of tests rely heavily on interpretation and the results can be trusted as the level of trust placed upon the reader.
Besides, many assessments have a little something for everyone. People are not totally black or white, but tend to have a mixture of different, degree varying, personalities. Test-takers are tempted to to seriously overestimate the degree to which general statements can fit them uniquely.
Finally, categorization, or fitting dynamic people into pre-defined frames can become an abuse, one one should be fully aware not to overuse or takes the risk of being misled.
Notes when applying Trait tests
- Adaptation is required for the tests to comply with the enterprise’s culture and sociological factors
- When invest in using Trait tests, do so seriously and stressing the importance and complexity of these tests. Overall, they are definitely not for idle times, but require full research and occupation.
When an engineer looks at a system proposal, he asks “Why?!”
When a scientist looks at a legacy, he asks “Why not?!”
Apparently the engineer needs a Business Analyst to give him a business domain map that explains
- That the feature will cut down user’s cost from 3 clicks, 2 load screen to 2 click, 1 load screen
- That one specific customer wants that feature to be distinctive from those of competitors
- That the way it will be done complies with the firm’s security terms
- That consistency with legacy systems is maintained
And the scientist needs a Business Analyst to give him an analysis sheet that explains
- That it is not cost-effective to implement what he’s thinking
- That the social side-effect of his idea is too much a price
What Business Analysts are here for!
Best Practice is a concept asserts that with proper processes, techniques and testing, a desired outcome can be delivered with fewer problems and unforeseen complications. Best practices aim at optimizing procedures to the highest possible level of efficiency.
A system can be broken down to features vertically and releases horizontally. Successively, features and business rules are shaped by Uses Cases. At the bottom line, a Use Case describes one best way to accomplish a goal. By writing Use Cases, Business Analysts are dealing with one major dimension of Best Practice everyday.