Re: The non-learning organization?

Subject: Re: The non-learning organization?
From: "A" <aurora -at- identicloak -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2006 08:40:23 -0500 (EST)

Rebecca Stevenson said:
> How do you cope when you see your organization making very, very,
> basic errors?
> Like adding a major feature to a release halfway through development,
> without changing the schedule or personnel, with the entirely
> predictable result that everyone works like crazy for six months, some
> people quit (schedule still doesn't change), and the product as
> released is barely stable enough to call a beta?

> I find this very frustrating, even when it's not a project that I'm
> on. I don't like the waste of time and energy, or the half-baked
> products, that inevitably seem to result from poor planning. What do
> you do to combat the problem, or the frustration?

There are only two paths that really work.

1) Quitting.
2) Stop caring so much.

I've had to adopt the latter technique because the stress was starting
to drag down my health. I realized that I was not responsible for the
idiocy around me and in the end, I wasn't going to be judged on it. It
was saddening to realize that I couldn't do anything about it,
directly, but I couldn't. No-one would listen, and no amount of
stressing myself out about it would fix the problems. So what I did
was channel that energy I would have spent caring into other areas.

It's a tragic day when the company loses your respect, but when
morality evaporates from the business world, all good things
inexorably follow suit. In five words, all tech writers are

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