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Comment by Don Parris on March 29, 2012 at 1:23pm

I am looking for a junior, to mid-level admin position.  I have a well-rounded background in physical security, facility management and technology journalism.  I hold Linux+ and Facility Management Professional certifications, with plans to achieve LPIC-2 certification in the near future.  I have run a small LAN for years, variously configuring Apache, VOIP, MySQL, PostgreSQL, OpenVPN, NFS, CUPS and long-term desktop use including GNOME & KDE.  I have limited shell scripting experience (Bash), but am learning my way around that as well.  You can throw something at me that I have never encountered and I will generally figure it out.  I am in the Charlotte, NC area, and open to relocating or traveling, as well as telecommuting.

Comment by Paul Scheer on February 16, 2009 at 6:02pm
A friend currently engaged in job search for a technical position was hit during a recent interview with question for which she was unprepared: "How do you gather the needs of the users?" Since that's what I do, she asked me what answer I would give. After scratching my head for a couple of days, I wrote the following:

There is no simple answer to how one collects requirements. The most general answer is, it's like having a conversation with another person where that other person may want or need your help with something, but often times doesn't know exactly what (or they may know, or they may THINK they know but be mistaken).

The most general skills I have learned to use are how to listen actively to another person, understand when what they're saying may entail system development, and then finding ways to tell them or document for them what I understood their requirements to be. It's a long, convoluted process with no simple path from start to finish. Many different techniques may prove to be useful and a technique that works well in one case may be absolutely useless in another.

What differentiates the cases includes the user's personality (some prefer words, some prefer diagrams, some prefer that you would just leave them alone and come back with what they want after reading their mind -- since they won't tell you what's on their mind!); also, the nature of the project (example: invoice or other document approval usually demands work flow diagram before anything else; data warehouse demands ERD reflecting existing data relationships; etc.); also the budget (something with a large budget gets a lot more requirements documentation up front than something with very little budget); also the schedule (if something needs to be delivered in a month, the type and amount of documentation will be very different than something that won't be delivered for at least a year).

I don't think I've really answered your question, but maybe what I wrote above will give some idea why it's a very HARD question (and therefore, why some hiring managers like to ask it in an interview, to see if they can stump you).

How would YOU have answered my friend's question?
Comment by Robert R. LaPorta on December 10, 2008 at 6:00pm
Please note my availability for Management, Consulting, Presales, Operations, P&L, or Business Development positions; leveraging recent 10 years at Oracle and multiple Fortune 500 vertical industries. Open to relocation. / 847-854-0056 /
Comment by Michael S. Meyers-Jouan on May 30, 2008 at 7:40pm
Migrating over from MLPF on Yahoo. I'm working in a .Net shop, doing a lot of development with WCF.
Comment by Katrina on May 20, 2008 at 2:03pm
Comment by LiuSteven on May 6, 2008 at 9:49am
HI Hello IT guys~ I'm new comer in Beijing China.
Comment by Michelle Spain on April 25, 2008 at 10:31pm
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Comment by Richard Sanford on April 21, 2008 at 11:01pm
Glad to join the group...!! I'm a Technology PMO manager for an innovative and trusted solutions provider of Electronic Trading Solutions to the Equity markets. What I'm most interested in are practical examples of Technology, Project Management and Business Process best practices, and how to leverage them...!!
Comment by John Lawson on April 16, 2008 at 7:00pm
Hello all,

My name is John and I'm a reporting analyst/designer working in Chicago. Please feel free to send me a invite to LinkedIn! Like Mr. Elks said IT workers of the world unite! :)

John Lawson

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