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Know Your Worth

Today, I’d like to talk about what makes us valuable as requirements analysts. As a young professional in this industry, I’ve devoted a fair amount of time to contemplating this topic. Initially, I believed my value was derived from things like taking initiative, attempting to produce flawless deliverables, being prepared …

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When Perfectionism Becomes Self-Defeating

Intro In a previous series, I briefly discussed the idea that “Perfection is the enemy of good.” In today’s post, I want to spend some time exploring what that statement really means. One of the great things about being a perfectionist is the knowledge that if I experience failure, it …

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The Curse of Knowledge: Part 3

In Part 1 of this series, I introduced a cognitive bias called the curse of knowledge. In Part 2, I discussed some strategies that can be used to overcome it. Today’s concluding post will examine two final strategies specific to circumventing the curse of knowledge and accomplishing successful communication. 1. …

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The Curse of Knowledge: Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, I discussed a cognitive bias called the curse of knowledge. One of my primary goals was to establish its potentially negative impact on communication. For today’s post, I’ll be examining two strategies that can be used to mitigate that risk. 1. Establish Mutually Agreed-Upon Definitions As …

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The Curse of Knowledge: Part 1

Unsurprisingly, the idea of knowledge as a curse seems counterintuitive. In an information-based industry like requirements analysis, how could knowledge be considered anything other than positive? The answer involves cognitive biases–more specifically, the “tendency to acquire and process information by filtering it through one’s own likes, dislikes, and experiences.” The curse …

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