Saturday 29 September 2007

Viewing organisations through a toilet paper tube

Reading this on How To Write Unmaintainable Code* by Roedy Green (care of JP) I thought how this could easily become... How To Make Unmaintainable Organisations and Ensure a job for life:

  • Your organisation should not look hopelessly unmaintainable, just be that way.
  • Managers view your organisation through a toilet paper tube. They can only see a tiny piece of your organisation at a time. You want to make sure they can never get at the big picture from doing that. You want to make it as hard as possible for them to find what they are looking for. But even more important, you want to make it as awkward as possible for them to safely ignore anything.
  • If we have full confidence in our management ability, then change management will be unnecessary. If we look at this logically, then any fool can recognise that change management does not even attempt to solve a problem with a business process, rather, this is a problem of emotional confidence. A more efficient solution to this lack of confidence issue is to eliminate change management completely and send our staff to self-esteem courses. After all, if we choose to do change management, then we have to use change management in every business change, but we only need to send staff to one course on building self-esteem. The cost benefit is as amazing as it is obvious.
  • Your Boss Knows Best - If your boss thinks that his or her 20 year old business experience is an excellent guide to contemporary management, rigidly follow all his or her recommendations. As a result, the boss will trust you. That may help you in your career.

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PS The original version is published here, but is slightly harder to read.

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