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Dr. Mohamed El-Attar
Dr. Mohamed El-Attar

Academia World vs. Industry World

I am a firm believer in the value of a business analysts and requirements engineering. I am an new Assistant Professor and I have been conducting research in the field for over 6 years now and I can safely say that there is a HUGE gap between the academic and practitioner worlds with respect to business analysis and requirements engineering. It is very rare that anything produced in academia is put in use in industry. Similarly it is very rare to see practices used in industry being "accepted" in academia.

But does it have to be this way??

It certainly isn't that case in many fields, such as medicine, pharmacy and other types of engineering...etc. I am writing this blog entry to extend an invitation for collaboration. What can we (academics) do to help you with your profession and increase your value??

This entry was published on Jun 08, 2010 / Dr. Mohamed El-Attar. Posted in Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
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undrkvabrtha posted on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 5:47 PM
My two cents' worth:

The kinds of attitudes that do prevail in various industries with regard to BA roles and tasks are quite lop-sided.

Many top managers and decision-makers come from paltry backgrounds - and rise in their ranks thanks to their performance, and highly developed people skills.

Somehow, many such personnel fall into an illusionary canopy of thought that goes like this: if it's going to slow things down, it's not a priority for me.

Of course, reengineering, requirements development / engineering / management, process analyses and project management are areas where there will be a learning curve with regard to any improvement.

And unless key players are not willing to climb up the learning curve, and fear that business will suffer during such a climb, are the prime obstacles in the paths of many a BA or EA.

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