Stories by Ken Hanley

The imminent death of critical thinking

When someone asks you for "the damned forms I've got to fill out to get a project started," there are one of two issues at play -- either the forms don't add any value to the process, and need to be modified or eliminated or, more ominously, you've got people (or you are one of these people) who won't or can't do the critical thinking that the process, and the subsequent forms, is trying to encourage.

Remember when we were sex symbols?

Those intelligent folks at The Economist have made the call: the days of the wild entrepreneurial IT company are over, and all the weird technical cats that hung around in ’em -- the oddballs we all knew and loved -- are rapidly becoming an endangered species.

That's it? I've had it

So this week I was going to write about what I know about IT PMOs, or project management organisations/offices/whatever you want to call 'em, and I why I think two-thirds of them are abject failures, but you know what? I think I'll wait 'til next time.

If it ain't broke, break it

Without much of an effort (and accidentally, I might add), I had the occasion to break the sophisticated inventory control and point-of-sale system of a large volume retailer.