September 28 & 29, 2020 | Virtual
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I don't know what you mean when you talk about "Y2K Deep Dive".
Not yet available to watch on-demand
I promise I will listen and eventually ask many questions.
Thanks for sharing
I'm also waiting for the on-demand version.
I finally got to see it yesterday. One question that comes to mind is what does a person do with their lessons learned on such a project?
Oh, what memories. S36 and AS/400 and the insurance industry. Not so much a question but rather a comment. Human stupidity has no limits when it comes to painting ourselves into a corner. We see it wherever we go and it is all driven by the $$$. A buck save now is just that, a buck saved now. We only think about the month-end bottom line, or if we are really forward-thinking, the annual bottom line. There is no doubt in my mind that we are leaving an AI nightmare behind for our grandchildren.
I think the notion that we 'learn a lesson' in this context is not about 'what do I do differently?' but instead, about 'How do I think about what I'm doing differently?'
An example... Long long time ago I learned about Murphy and the tongue in cheek observation that 'If something can go wrong, it will'
THAT has informed my thinking on every project I've ever worked on.
Driving in the winter? Because I COULD end up in a ditch when it's -30deg C? -- I will have survival gear - blankets, candles and food/water in my car enough to last me 3 days.
Given a deadline? Because illness can occur, problems can arise, I WILL keep my attention on goalposts and time remaining from the very 1st day, not just when I get to the last 10% of the project.
One lesson from Y2K was --- we don't think about the future, we're focused on the short term.... therefore? I change my thinking, asking myself what happens a year from now, a decade from now, 25 years from now IF I apply this solution today.
The lessons I mentioned are things we became aware of, the hope is that they change how we think about things.
I can't answer this any better than this - sorry if It's not more prescriptive
We're too short sighted - too focused on immediate gain and or/saving - and we don't even pretend to take the long view.
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