Re: frustrated

Subject: Re: frustrated
From: Peter Neilson <neilson -at- alltel -dot- net>
To: "T.W. Smith" <techwordsmith -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 05 Jul 2006 13:50:23 -0400

Ishikawa says as much, and puts the blame on the US system
(imposed by accounting rules) of quarterly results. When
anything beyond the next quarter is regarded as unimportant
those who of necessity work further into the future find
themselves in trouble. He says that quarterly results are
a major reason for Japan's having been able to build quality
methods that are superior to those traditionally used in the

T.W. Smith wrote:

I have found that lower costs for doing the current project inexpensively
often carry more weight than spending more on the current project to set
things up so the next 5 or 6 projects go more smoothly and inexpensively.

In part, I think this is because professional managers and project managers
get rewarded for performance in the current pay or business cycle with no
regard to setting up the future. Thus, why would a project manager
jeopardize their bonus, salary increase, or continued employment by
advocating something that is more expensive in the current pay period when
what happens a year down the road will be judged independently.

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