Define the Problem or Opportunity

This chapter explores the first step in the human capital analytics model—defining the problem or opportunity. Although this step seems obvious, sometimes it is missed, improperly addressed, or not particularly precise in definition. Defining the problem takes into account the cost of the problem or value of an opportunity, at least on a conceptual basis. This brief chapter discusses this issue with examples of how to fully define the problem and frame it for a potential analytics study.


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