Zen and the Art of Systems Analysis: Meditations on Computer Systems Development

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iUniverse, 2002 - Computers - 200 pages
Stuck in a rut? Need to get outside the box? Don't know what you're doing? Try a little Zen Analysis. Whether you're new to systems analysis-or have been there, done that and seen it all-but especially if you want to ponder the significance of information systems analysis in the scheme of the universe, this book is for you. The author brings a unique perspective to the problems of computer system analysis & design that will get your creative juices flowing.

Chapters consider the essence of Analysis, Design, Consulting, Business, Economics, Culture, Methodology, and Modeling. Each topic is looked at from a perspective that will give experienced or aspiring analysts a new way of looking at the job. Learn why and how to Embrace Contradiction and Choose the Middle Way to come up with an idea which is completely absurd, except that it works. This will let you attack a difficult problem from another angle, one that leads to a surprisingly elegant solution.

This book is the opposite of academic-read it to open your mind to see different, and get out of the box.

 

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Contents

NIRVANA THROUGH ANALYSIS
1
THE TAO OF DESIGN
20
THE CONSULTANT AS GURU
40
THE WAY OF BUSINESS
58
THE ZEN OF ECONOMICS
78
THE KARMA OF CULTURE
96
METHODOLOGICAL MINDFULNESS
117
MEDITATIONS ONAMODEL
134
Bibliography
157
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Patrick McDermott has more than 20 years of computer industry experience as a programmer, analyst, developer, manger, and trainer. He currently teaches seminars on the Y2K Problem, and also runs his own consulting firm in California, where he specializes in Y2K Problem training.

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