23 March 2011

Dead horses parable

Dakota Sioux tribal wisdom says that when you discover you are riding a dead
 horse, the best strategy is to dismount.  However we often try other strategies with dead horses, including the following: 
1.      Buying a stronger whip.
2.      Changing riders.
3.      Saying things like, "This is the way we always have ridden this horse."
4.      Appointing a committee to study the horse.
5.      Arranging to visit other sites to see how they ride dead horses.
6.      Increasing the standards to ride dead horses.
7.      Appointing a tiger team to revive the dead horse.
8.      Creating a training session to increase our riding ability.
9.      Comparing the state of dead horses in today's environment.
10.     Change the requirements declaring that, "This horse is not dead." 
11.     Hire contractors to ride the dead horse.
12.     Harnessing several dead horses together for increased speed.
13.     Declaring that, "No horse is too dead to beat."
14.     Providing additional funding to increase the horse's performance.
15.     Do a study to see if contractors can ride it cheaper.
16.     Purchase a product to make dead horses run faster.
17.     Declare the horse is "better, faster and cheaper" dead.
18.     Form a quality circle to find uses for dead horses.
19.     Revisit the performance requirements for horses.
20.     Say this horse was procured with cost as an independent variable.
21.     Promote the dead horse to a supervisory position.
22.     Have a multitude of people with vastly different points of view to debate the reason why this horse died, how do we know it is really dead, and what tactics will we use in the future to prevent this from occurring again. 
23.     Monitor the frequency of death in our horses and find a benchmark in the industry to compare our horse death rate to others. 
24.     Surely there is a regulatory agency out there somewhere that has guidelines on what to do with a dead horse and how to dismount the dead horse in the safest way possible. 
25.     Get Risk management involved since our liability greatly increases if we do not actually recognize that the horse is dead yet attempt to continue to ride it. 

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