Having referred in an earlier post to the issues arising from needing to comply with too much process, I’ve come across a beautiful post by Eric D. Brown titled “Complexity & IT“. Eric has been diligent enough to read through a rather long memo published by Ray Ozzie who, five years ago, joined Microsoft as a Chief Software Architect. The memo, titled “Dawn of a New Day“, includes the following statement:
“Complexity kills. Complexity sucks the life out of users, developers and IT. Complexity makes products difficult to plan, build, test and use. Complexity introduces security challenges. Complexity causes administrator frustration.”
In attempting to reduce the mounting road toll, the Australian Police has introduced the slogan “Speed Kills“.
In the context of IT Project Management it could easily be argued that “Process Kills“. It does not kill people but it certainly kills innovation, kills originality, kills inventiveness and kills imagination.
Think about it!