Pitfall Awards for Projects
By Az Shah
Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes.
Chinese philosopher & reformer (551 BC – 479 BC)
A criminal IT project comes to mind with a fantastic blend of ignorance and arrogance, delivered by the “Best in the market” protected by some fancy legal protection.
Introducing to the once leading supermarket chain, sad to see a lead taken by Tesco, keen to get the lead back.
Entered (Sir) Peter Davies, he rejoined Sainsbury’s on1 March 2000 as CEO and implemented a £3bn investment in upgrading IT systems.
The what happened next is a project plan from Hades;
- Select one of the “top 5” big expensive and best
- Externalize the business operation
- Ignore the day job and jobbers
- Inject testosterone at doses that make it possible to win a Tour De France Stage
- Respect aggression, “Shout about it !”
- “Supply” the best in robotic warehousing money can buy
- Employ John Cleese to make staff feel like Manuel fromFawltyTowers
The captain of the ship did not go down, but went onto to bigger and better,
The in-house IT Crowd got a good kicking, as every action hero knows, it’s always good to have a fall guy,
Oh yes and some good youtube advertisement of Tesco signing John Cleese about ;