Someone else’s summary…

So much of this seems so familiar…
http://blog.havenisms.com/a-case-study-in-enterprise-soul-smashing

One thing that is a bit of mystery to me is why so much time and money is spent (sorry, “invested”) in finding the bestofthebestofthebestsir, only to use them on dead-end projects where only the lowest common denominator skills are actually required. And why bother even filling your ranks with experts when decisions are not made on technical merit, and management will often simply ignore reality anyway, for example by claiming that their 16-year-old son could implement a complex and invasive feature with far-reaching consequences over the weekend…

Not to mention the fun of design by committee or corporate politics-driven development. In the best case, the quality converges on mediocre, but can also become unstable and oscillate wildly before exploding. I’m pretty sure the layers of abstraction (either hierarchical or intellectual) between those doing the work and those giving “vision” and “leadership” also factor into the equation.

Yes, I know, rants and anecdotes are not data :)

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