"I’ve spent most of my working life as an interface between “business” people and
“technology” people. I enjoy both ways of working so like sitting in the middle
- in fact, I tend to actively seek work like that. I also get a unique view of
both sides of the fence, where I can see both the business point of view, and
the technology point of view, and there is a great and might chasm between them!"
"The natural tendency of marketers is to say “I want it to do x, y and z, make it
so”. The problem is, they are simply assuming that it will also do a, b
and c, as that’s how it always works, doesn’t it? Sometimes yes, but just as
often, no. If you want something, you need to state it, no matter how trivial it
"In defense of marketers, techies: use proper, experienced business analysts
who can help with this process, and don’t say “but it was in the functional spec
I sent you” - no one reads functional specs. It’s tough, but get over it."
"It's nice to see Mark Baartse, who
I had the pleasure of working with at MSN UK, blogging again and raising the age
old issue of "marketing versus techies". However I'm going to take issue with
his latest entry..."