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Fri 21 May 2004
The book I wanted to write
Category : Commentary/speedOfStupid2.txt
I've just finished "Business @ the Speed of Stupid" - by Dan Burke and Alan Morrison. If I can, I want to give this book to everybody I know who is involved with planning, designing, or deciding on IT projects. It could be the most important book on the subject, by a very long way, and for a very long time.
The first part of the book contains ten examples, ten case studies of how IT projects fail, and I've experienced every one of them. An example from page 145:
I had thought that, okay, the first part of the book was fun. But wait till we get to the prescriptive part of the book, and we'll hear the same old nonsense in the form of half-baked methodologies. But no, the second part of the book was quite good, too. I think these two authors make a lot sense and that the simple framework they use to think about IT projects can work. It would help if more people, and especially the business owners and key users, get to know and read this.
I think this is the book that I had wanted to write. But I don't see how anyone could do a better job than what Burke and Morrison did in explaining the issues and suggesting a way to get out of the fix.