Information Systems
College of Business Administration
University of Missouri - St. Louis
The Wrong Direction
Adapted from Strategies of Wei, chapter 4, Chinese history book

Once a man wanted to go to the south, but his carriage was heading north. A passer-by asked him:” If you are going to the south, why is your chariot heading north?" The man answered,” My horse is good at running, my driver is highly skilled at driving a carriage, and I have enough money." The man didn’t consider that the direction might be wrong; the better his conditions were, the further he was away from his destination.

Moral: In system analysis, although your analysis team is in good conditions such as good fiscal condition, professional tools, good reputation and good relationship with customer; however, if your direction or your methodology is wrong, your analysis will not be successful.

These stories are adapted examples written in my class, IS 6840 (formerly MSIS 488).
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