“Top Ten Strategies for Dealing with a Dead Horse.”
- Buy a stronger whip.
- Change riders.
- Appoint a committee to study the horse.
- Appoint a team to revive the horse.
- Send out a memo declaring that the horse isn’t really dead.
- Hire an expensive consultant to find ‘the real problem’.
- Harness several dead horses together for increased speed and efficiency.
- Rewrite the standard definition of ‘Live Horse’. [ouch...too eerie]
- Declare the horse to be better, faster and cheaper when dead.
- Promote the dead horse to a senior management position.
That was one of my favourite bits in ‘Failing Forward’ which I posted yesterday. A perfect intro to today’s BNET piece ‘Is it Time to Pull the Plug on that Project’. Typical BNET, it is concise and incisive highlighting 3 key tell-tale ‘phases’ of what researchers, Mark Keil and Magnus Mähring, looking into the topic called ‘Black Hole Projects’…
- The Drifting Stage – “committee to study the horse”
- Treating Symptoms Phase – “change riders”
- Rationalising Continuation Phase – “rewrite the standard definition”