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I believe that there's no such thing as a [domain] analyst; analysis is NOT a domain skill, it is a professional skill (i.e., a collection of core competencies that can consistently produce a specific result at a specific level of quality). The competencies are costly to dismiss or devalue:
1. Critical thinking (i.e., logic, reason, and ethics)
2. Skepticism (connotation: classical; all assertions must be proven)
3. Organizational skill (context: information and documentation management)
4. Procedural skill (i.e., ability to rapidly assimilate new information and
determine the most efficient path to the goal)
5. Literacy (context: ability to read and correctly interpret, ability to write and effectively convey information)
6. Methods competency (i.e., awareness of and ability to utilize the various popular methods for documenting and presenting analysis)
As an analyst i have to serve a variety of ends, all of which have high value whether applied to business intelligence, competitive interests, products, manufacturing and production, programs, projects, or otherwise:
1. Assist in the refinement and validation of vision, scope, and feasibility.
2. Compile, clarify, confirm, and communicate thorough information sets that reduce or eliminate gaps that increase cost, re-work, and risk.
3. Provide subject matter expertise critical to success, or research it and deliver results on demand.
4. Perform cost analysis (e.g., return on investment, valuation, efficiency and/or...
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