May 29, 2003
Cargo Cult Management

In an act of IEEE cross-browsing I found a nice little piece on misapplied organizational practices - debating bad process-heavy work environments vs bad work-heavy work environments (aptly characterized here as commitment driven management). I think I've tried both - and it is impossible to stress the key points of the op-ed too much:

  • Mindless application of any principle is doomed. If you're not constantly working to evolve the way you do the work, you're failing.
  • It's not a question of process driven vs. commitment driven. It's a question of competence vs. incompetence. If you're not constantly challenging 1) the skillset you apply in your work 2) the design and purpose of what you're working on 3) the way you work then you're just not getting anywhere in particular.

Posted by Claus at May 29, 2003 03:15 AM
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