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Posted Wednesday, August 17, 2011 9:15 PM
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Posted Wednesday, August 17, 2011 10:58 PM
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Awesome, I just want to Google+ it :)
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Awesome editorial. Nice analogy



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Posted Thursday, August 18, 2011 1:42 AM
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Very good article.

We were only discussing the other day a list of 'failed' projects. Maybe they were not failures after all and delivered exactly what was asked for......

Oh well back to my work and attempt to make another last minute change to a project. It will only delay things a little while as it is only a little change....
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Posted Thursday, August 18, 2011 3:11 AM
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Firstly its a dream to work on these projects. A person could choose the right 5-6 projects in a lifetime and retire happily having never achieved anything.

Secondly lets get some config code in there.
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Posted Thursday, August 18, 2011 6:20 AM
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Thanks for all the positive responses! I wanted to try a more humorous approach to the topic, and I'm glad some folks enjoyed it!

Cheers,

Brad
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Posted Thursday, August 18, 2011 6:30 AM


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Thanks for all the positive responses! I wanted to try a more humorous approach to the topic, and I'm glad some folks enjoyed it!

Cheers,

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I'm going to print it out on poster format and hang it all over the office




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Posted Thursday, August 18, 2011 6:43 AM
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I understand but... is it only in IT that we have a lot of changes ?

I think its the same thing everywhere, in construction, transportation, etc.

For me, its more than a project management problem.
I don't thing its a good idea to defend IT with this type of example if we compare to other industry.

IT is still relative new in industry.
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Posted Thursday, August 18, 2011 6:43 AM
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Thanks for the story, I really enjoyed it. It hammers home the point that you must be careful what you ask for.
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Whether an IT project is a "failure" is a matter of perspective. Just like highway construction, if people ultimately use the applicaton, it generates a profit, and no one gets killed or injured in the process, then it could be called a success, even if it doesn't live up to everyone's expectations. The voyage of Christopher Columbus, that led to discovery of America, was a "failed project".
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