Dangerous tools LO26381

From: Don Dwiggins (d.l.dwiggins@computer.org)
Date: 03/18/01

Recent messages have discussed measurement and incentives. One thing I
think these "corporate tools" have in common is that they're what I'd
classify as "dangerous tools" -- tools that, in unskilled or careless
hands, can cause serious damage, and yet don't necessarily seem that way
on casual inspection. It's this combination of potential for damage along
with apparent innocence that I consider characteristic of the category.
The analogy I think of is to the wood shop or machine shop, where certain
tools simply shouldn't be used until one has been educated in their use
and the need for proper respect toward them.

Does this seem like a useful concept to a LO? I'd be interested to hear
about other candidates for dangerous corporate tools, and whether this
could be a useful meme to help create proper caution in the minds of
workers otherwise prone to wield them boldly. (Well-known saying around
the hangar: "there are old pilots and bold pilots, but no old bold



Don Dwiggins d.l.dwiggins@computer.org "The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them" -- Albert Einstein

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