Tuesday, March 22, 2005

 
Lean Projects / Organisations

While catching on some project management opinion, an entry sparked a thought. If the company is a body, and there's a falacy that the head knows best -- if you think this, you've either not worked in a big company (well like the ones I've seen) or you haven't read this man's books -- it occured to me there's another (quite cheesy) analogy lurking.

If excess cost is shed in the form of lay-offs (which I'm pretty familiar with), doing it is akin to liposuction: immediately effective, but typically pointless. What you need to do is focus effort on training up the flabby bits to make them lean and more powerful, converting excess into commercial muscle. Of course, it's much harder work and requires a great deal of will power and effort. A decent strategy is also needed, for that, you need vision (sorry, couldn't help it).

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