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Pournelle’s Iron Law of Bureaucracy

Pournelle’s Iron Law of Bureaucracy states that in any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people: those who work to further the actual goals of the organization, and those who work for the organization itself. Examples in education would be teachers who work and sacrifice to teach children, vs. union representative who work […]

A General Theory of Idiocy

I’m not anti-business. I’m anti-idiot. — Scott Adams I’ve been working in information systems — a/k/a programming, software engineering, computer science, and a half dozen other things — for almost 40 years now. For a good part of that time, I’ve worked as a consultant. Consulting is interesting work. You always see a new company, […]

Observation on Consulting

Many times, what a consultant does is to find out what the client wants to know (how can we make widgets cheaper?) The consultant goes to the lowest levels involved, and asks the same question (Hi, widget-maker, how can we make widgets cheaper?) The consultant then takes the answers, collates them, puts them into a […]

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The SNAFU Principle

Back a good long while ago, I was closely involved with The Intelligence Community, which contrary to popular belief isn’t really named by opposites. It is, however, a massive multiple-agency bureaucracy with roots in all the individual services, the Justice Department, and the Executive branch of FDR and Harry Truman. (And yes, the actual administration […]

The Law of Rewards

People do what is rewarded.  What people are doing is what has been rewarded.