2015-06-03

Anti-pattern: Theory XOR Practice

Hiring one guy to do the planning, but not documenting it in excruciating detail, and then hiring another guy to do the execution.
This only works properly if the first guy's plan was documented in very high detail, because it would have to be able to handle exceptions to an initial vector, as encountered by the second guy. As soon as you hire a second guy, without a detailed plan, you'd better be budgeting for the second guy to reiterate the planning operations in great detail, and that you'd be able to retain the second guy long enough to execute the new plans.

This is starting to become a familiar scene. Practice doesn't displace theory. It just looks that way to a lot bad theorists, because they don't budget for both.
Every job I've seen where people complain about "theory" "practice" "consultants" "JFDI". It's a fallacy.

The real problem is budgeting and talent management.

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