Legacy Thinking

The landscape is littered with technology initiatives that died. Some wimpered, some imploded, collecting significant collateral damage.

We know what happened and why it happened. The question – how to create technology initiatives that deliver on the promise?

What got you here, won’t get you there. – Marshall Goldsmith

The solution to a problem will not be found by the same thinking that created the problem in the first place. – Albert Einstein

Many technology initiatives fail in an attempt to preserve existing methods and processes. Adopting a piece of software supplants existing work. Technology changes the decision making and problem solving of humans. Human work changes.

2 thoughts on “Legacy Thinking

  1. Roy Lamont

    Hello Tom,
    Great thoughts about Legacy Thinking.
    Even though I am an older guy I completely buy into the concept but, still being an older guy, I have difficulty grasping the methodologies and processes that new technology brings.
    Try as I may to lean on younger minds, my ability to buy into the new process, without fully understanding it, is a challenge.
    Any thoughts?

    1. Tom Foster Post author

      Hi, Roy,
      Continuous improvement, life-long learning. Alternatively, you could retire and play golf. Seriously, you don’t have to be an expert in IT to become familiar with new technology. Take a look at all the new technology embedded into an automobile. You can do it. -Tom


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