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A known story: 8 Monkeys

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Put eight monkeys in a room. In the middle of the room is a ladder, leading to a bunch of bananas hanging from a hook on the ceiling.

Each time a monkey tries to climb the ladder, all the monkeys are sprayed with ice water, which makes them miserable. Soon enough, whenever a monkey attempts to climb the ladder, all of the other monkeys, not wanting to be sprayed, set upon him and beat him up. Soon, none of the eight monkeys ever attempts to climb the ladder.

One of the original monkeys is then removed, and a new monkey is put in the room. Seeing the bananas and the ladder, he wonders why none of the other monkeys are doing the obvious. But undaunted, he immediately begins to climb the ladder. All the other monkeys fall upon him and beat him silly. He has no idea why.

However, he no longer attempts to climb the ladder. A second original monkey is removed and replaced. The newcomer again attempts to climb the ladder, but all the other monkeys hammer the crap out of him. This includes the previous new monkey, who, grateful that he's not on the receiving end this time, participates in the beating because all the other monkeys are doing it. However, he has no idea why he's attacking the new monkey.

One by one, all the original monkeys are replaced. Eight new monkeys are now in the room. None of them have ever been sprayed by ice water. None of them attempt to climb the ladder. All of them will enthusiastically beat up any new monkey who tries, without having any idea why.

This is how any company's policies get established? And what about the business knowledge?

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Main areas:
* Project Management: project roadmap and planning; recruit, train and assign people to tasks; work setup and initiation; monitoring and controlling 

* Business analysis: transform requirements to functional level design; define functional scope; guide the design to a final solution (including effort estimation), track implementation; optimize information management and promote shared infrastructure and applications to reduce costs and improve information flows

* System analysis: analyze, document and update the current AS IS IT architecture at corporate and business units level and plan for TO BE architecture (with focus on simplification, standardization and integration); define the strategy for implementation of new systems; define migration approach (including data transformation) from legacy systems; collaborate with external product groups to assure cross-product integration

* Coordinate remote teams across multiple sites to support transformation projects; define and implement working procedures in matrix organizations in compliance with agreed standards; implement software quality procedures (such as CMMi and ISO); develop policies, standards and guidelines that direct the selection, development, implementation and use of IT

* Customers and Partners relationship management: follow-up on projects escalated open issues and action items; risk management; RFP; SOW

* Human resources management support: selection, offering, training and integration processes; performance reviews and promotion; team evaluation, prepare personal development plans for direct reports; salary model definition; salary review

* Act as single point of contact between business, IT and services providers; validate, follow-up and report on project plans; manage department budget

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