This brings us back to the quality triange: Fast, cheap, good -- pick any two.
Except, thanks to irrational management, pick any three.
Here we see the adaptation to social conditions which are irrational and harmful, resulting in dysfunctional environments in which nothing makes any sense at all because of distorted perceptions (of management). It's plug and play with features impossible in a rational universe.
I know two things:
1) You cannot solve technical problems with politics;
2) You cannot resolve political problems with technology.
Unless you are talking about a loaded gun, in which the political situation is actually made worse once you use the appropriate technology.
It's truly unfortunate that we are required to develop technological solutions with a gun to our head by managers who don't have a clue what they are doing -- but do it anyway... and do it with progressively fewer resources! We have to make our numbers to keep our jobs!
The last words that my IT Director said about herself to me should suffice:
"I don't know what I am doing".
That explains a lot -- about what we are seeing as a pandemic epidemic of wrong choices and worse results.
Yes, management will start another impending failure with a new set of components: It's called milking. And it works. For awhile. Until some poor schmuck stumbles into it as the perpetrator takes leave for even richer fields of gain in a promotion or moving to another venue (in the corporate scoundrel recycling program), after which said schmuck is doomed, while the source of the problem profits from the angst of those he has duped and left behind.
It's a perfect system.
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