The exigencies of project management, referenced in your letter today, came up
during the meeting at SRI on 001017....
...and in particular...
As in marriage, there is no perfect solution to projects, but experience
indicates some approaches offer a better chance to succeed....
KM combines AI, Cognitive Science, TQM and sound management practice. Project
Management has developed a body of knowledge published by ISO and PMI that
formalizes good management. There are two factors, however, that hamper
implementation: time and biology. Information overload reduces the time
available for good management. Human biology wires all of us to respond
spontaneously, for example this email is spontaneous. Even when we have time
for review and planning, we have to fight our inner selves (called diligence,
discipline) to use that time for analysis, alignment, summary, organization,
i.e., adding "intelligence" to information, in order to create useful knowledge,
because the rewards of planning are deferred, which is at war with the short
term perspective to "expedite." It's a dilemma.
Project audits, also discussed on 001017, provide a chance for budgeting time
and dollars to perform good management, but this is an uphill effort because
people do not have the tools and skills to augment innate capabilities for
dealing with information overload. Further, people lack a process for
incorporating notices, like your letter today, into the work stream. Put it all
together and you get KM, i.e., tying experience and communication, to action.
We can say it a thousand ways, for example, academics discuss semiotics in
relation to inference, meaning and communication. Others speak of continual
learning, and so on. Bottom line, it takes tools, skills and leadership, per
In any event, good article on PM. Thanks for keeping after this.
Jack Park wrote:
> There are two words which don't get much play in Linux development projects:
> Requirements and Design. Not surprisingly, it is the lack of these two
> things which causes most of the problems in open-source software. Too many
> developers in the Linux space start programming before they have a good idea
> of what their project functions and capabilities are. In other words, they
> start in the middle, not at the beginning.
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