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Important that software fails?

By The Ref ·
I came across a post that I thought was interesting and decided I would post it for comment. Actually I used to work with the author who sent it to me for comment, so being a long time TR lurker I thought I would start a discussion.

Anyway, read the (off site) post here and discuss. I will send a link to this discussion to the author letting him know about it.


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1986 was the year I first encountered the PC in the workplace

by j-mart In reply to Important that software f ...

We found the PC a great tool to assist in programing work for a Foundry operation. We should have stopper there, as once we got on top of this we started looking for more and more uses for this tool in a manufacturing.

We no longer produce engineering drawings manually, we use cad, which at first glance seems more productive, but more drawings are produced for a project than we ever did manually.

The problem is computers enable us to do much more and add more complexity to a project than was possible with manual methods. As a result I have found a large part of this productivty is negated by the tendency to over do things going passed the point of what is actually needed to accomplish a task. Often when I look back over my working life we seem to need to put in more effort than ever before inspite of our "productivity enhancing" technology.

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Good points

by NickNielsen In reply to Important that software f ...

If I may summarize?

Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should.

Unfortunately, very few people have the courage to do nothing.

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My version

by Justin James Contributor In reply to Good points

"Enterprise abhors a vacuum. Increasing productivity creates a vacuum, which enterprise fills with bueracracy."


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That pretty much leaves results-oriented-work in the dust <nt>

by NickNielsen In reply to My version
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I had always suspected this

Now I see the numbers that prove it. Thank you!


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I love it.

by Jaqui In reply to Important that software f ...

Though that doesn't mean I really want to be part of a major software project that fails.

It does explain why companies keep investing in projects that fail though.

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That is an excellent read...

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Important that software f ...

and a remarkably insightful testament to the power of burocracy to suck the life out of our all too brief existence.

Thanks for that.

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