I read an article last night that gave me some very good ideas. It started with a poem:
I always eat my peas with honey
I’ve done it all my life
They do taste kind of funny
But it keeps them on my knife
In IT we are often doing the same things as eating peas with honey because we are using a knife. What we need to do is not create solutions that make bad things bearable, but that actually fix the root of the problem – getting a spoon instead of using a knife.
So I went through my projects today to see how many of them could be considered “honey projects” – probably half of them could go away with a good CRM solution.
Even better, not only would they go away but they would be easier to maintain in the future. I’ve started, instead of looking at my projects a entities in and of themselves, looking at them in the whole scheme of things and whether they only are a band-aid to cover a problem, or if they are actually fixing it. Its a good change and I anticipate that looking at things this way will help to make projects in the future more productive.