Saturday, November 26, 2011

Messy information systems

Do you buy this idea?
... science-based, method-driven approaches can be misleading. Contrary to their promise, they are deceivingly abstract and removed from practice. Everyone can experience this when he or she moves from the models to the implementation phase. The words of caution and pleas for ‘change management’ interventions that usually accompany the sophisticated methods and polished models keep reminding us of such an implementation gap. However, they offer no valid clue on how to overcome it…

Does this mean you have to see it to believe it, or does it just validate the ideas of progressive elaboration (defined in the PMBOK as continuous improvement and refinement) or emergence (unpredicted--though perhaps predictable--interactions of system elements that become known)--or neither?

No matter how you go on this, you might like the book review of "The Labyrinths of Information: Challenging the Wisdom of Systems" by Claudio Ciborra as reviewed by EightToLate

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