Thursday, January 20, 2011

How Projects Really Work

(Click on the images to enlarge).

The above image  dates from the late 1960’s, in the days before faxes and emails. Photocopies were distributed by hand and the message was simple: interact with the customer, find out what the customer wants and resist adding unnecessary features, unworkable variations and complex implementations. Apply the KISS principle, ensure adequate oversight and have the various persons and departments involved work with each other.

Since then the image has been updated to reflect more advanced times and greater technology, which in turn have allowed even greater opportunities for foul ups and an end product quite different from what was sought.  The following is an updated image, but the message remains the same:

One website allows people to contribute additional panels.  I especially liked a couple that reflect some current issues and aspects:

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