God give us men; a time like this demands
Strong minds, great hearts, true faith and ready hands.
Men whom the lust of office cannot kill;
Men whom the spoils of office cannot buy;
Men who possess opinions and a will;
Men who have honor; men who will not lie;
Men who can stand before a demagogue,
And brave his treacherous flatteries without winking;
Tall men, sun-crowned, who live above the fog,
In public duty and in private thinking;
For while the rabble, with its thumb-worn creeds,
Its large professions, and its little deeds,
Mingle in selfish strife—lo! Freedom weeps,
Wrong rules the land, and waiting Justice sleeps.
Any organization that designs a system (defined more broadly here than just information systems) will inevitably produce a design whose structure is a copy of the organization’s communication structure.
–“How Do Committees Invent?”, Melvin E. Conway, 1968
- Information Technology – What is Greer’s Third Law?
- What is Crayne’s Law?
- Amdahl’s Law
- Law of Diminishing Returns
- The Dynamics of Power – The Law of Power
- The Pareto Principle (80/20 Rule)
Harvard Business School
Exploring the Duality between Product and Organizational Architectures: A Test of the “Mirroring” Hypothesis
“When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”
― Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes
The Basic Methodology
To solve a problem, the methodology, basically, goes like this:
- Define the problem
- Then, eliminate all the impossible causes
- Then, focus on what remains
Ultimately, it is each consultant’s responsibility to acquire what they need to be successful in meeting the customer’s needs.— Albert L swope
This is not to say that the consultant needs to do everything themselves. However, they are responsible to do whatever it takes to acquire the resources may need to deliver for the customer. If that, means making late-night phone calls, repetitive phone calls, follow-up emails, tracking somebody down the hall for an impromptu meeting, that is what you must do. In the end, regardless of the reason, you are responsible to ensure that you deliver a quality product to the customer, on time, on schedule and on budget.