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Rules kill opportunity

Oh wow -- just in case you didn't see this in the comments for the F*** the Rules post, Dave Wheeler ( his blog) created a 4-page PDF on the The Business Lifecycle of Rules that really puts it all in clear perspective.
If I still had a real job, I'd make copies of this and sneak them under everyone's door or at least leave them scattered around the photocopier and break room. Excellent Dave!

Posted by Kathy on February 8, 2005 | Permalink


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Tracked on Feb 9, 2005 1:41:45 AM


The advances of any kind of knowledge are imho always embodied by somekind of set of rules. The great achievement is that the latter evolves by contribution and interaction of more persons. Why great? Because the set of rules gives impetus to other new achievements, as it is consolidated ground. It makes sure old mistakes are not repeated, and it paves the way to new discoveries.
The problem here is that an organic system of rules, might, just like software, start showing signs of rot (pardon my professional deformation taking over), with some good critical attitude some refactoring has to clean-up rotten code/rules :-)

Posted by: Gian Franco Casula | Feb 9, 2005 5:56:55 AM

This all wasn't much of a problem until the SPEED of business and the speed of change increased (very recent). Looking back, companies got away with this for decades after their rules ceased to be relevant and even stayed somewhat profitable.

Posted by: Dennis Young | Feb 9, 2005 7:30:32 AM

Rules are for Fools.......and the guidance of wise heads.

Learned that of coach of mine and it has served me well over the years.

Love the blog

Posted by: Tom Kay | Feb 10, 2005 8:14:32 AM

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