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  1. Steve

    Interesting post Kate. After working in the industry for over 15 years delivering technical ‘solutions’ I’ve yet to see, in use, anything similar to the holistic approaches put forward by (e.g.) Peter Checkland, in seeking to understand and bring out into the open all the agendas of the stakeholders – some can be a little too guarded to make a large project the success it could be.

    The result is that we fall back on our methods and our experience but sometimes even that isn’t enough.

    Steve Teale
    Oracle Corporation

  2. Saul Cunningham

    Kate

    I think you are quite correct in your assessment – technology is not the problem here – its human behavior. This cannot be solved except through rewarding reuse.

    It is true that SOA solutions have the potential for reuse but ultimately if the organisation doesn’t reward it, it won’t happen because when push comes to shove it is put in the ‘too hard basket’.

    I know of one customer who basically axed projects that hadn’t delivered after 90 days! The only way to meet that was to reuse existing things and to modularise projects into smaller pieces (think Agile methodology).

    Carrot and stick approaches to rewarding reuse/punishing non-reuse need to be considered. No technology can solve the “you can lead the horse to water but you can’t make it drink” problem!

    Saul Cunningham
    Oracle Corporation

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