by: Sigurd Rinde
I can often get a lamp to work again, I can paint a door or even grease the hinges without any training. In my early days of summer jobs I worked in a brewery (no training beyond drinking a few), I took apart diesel engines on a ship mid ocean (heavily supervised) and did stints as a substitute teacher (fresh out of pupil training).
I was useful at best, but at least I filled some vacant positions making some manager look good on paper.
And don't get me started on "Dashboards", "Data mining", "Business intelligence" and such - all about after-the-fact efforts to get some control over something that's gone awry already - no bearing on real interaction and real-time correct use of parts and resources. Nothing to do with frameworks that, more like sheep dogs running around barking at sheep astray.
(IT Dashboard screen shot, manager at left)
Sure the individual must be efficient, nothing wrong with that. But unless the whole, how the parts work together, what parts are where, direct and dynamic connection between the world and the whole engine and all that which makes the whole a lot more than the sum of the parts - then the individual efficiency has very little impact.
Original Post: http://thingamy.typepad.com/sigs_blog/2009/07/the-fallacy-of-it-productivity-tools.html
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