Siren Songs

In Book 12 of the Odyssey there is a scene where Circe draws Odysseus away form the crew and warns him about the island of the Sirens who’s inhabitants have caused the ruin of many sailors.


I am reminded of this story whenever organizations are tempted to jump to technology solutions before thorough analysis of a process issue.  In situations where the stakes are high and there is pressure to solve the issue quickly it can be easy to be seduced by the possibility of time savings, but plenty of projects have suffered delays or failure from this temptation.

“If we do not understand the end we will make a wrong use of the means.” –Thomas Merton

20160105_111643Process problems can only be solved if there is careful and complete analysis.  Successful analysis depends on effective communication with all involved parties.



The dazzle of a new system or process can allow us to forget that processes and tools should serve the people doing the the work.  As the 1st principle of Agile asserts:  Individuals and Interactions over Processes and Tools.  Remember this  when solving a process issue.



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Dan Clark

Dan Clark

Principal of Bowline Consulting, process designer/fixer, wireless telecom veteran, addicted pick up soccer player, fly fisher, backpacker, beer brewer, guitar player, choir singer, recovering bag piper

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