Consulting – A Consultant’s Responsibility

Ultimately, it is each consultant’s responsibility to acquire what they need to be successful in meeting the customer’s needs.

— Albert L swope

This is not to say that the consultant needs to do everything themselves. However, they are responsible to do whatever it takes to acquire the resources that may be necessary to deliver for the customer. If that, means making late-night phone calls, repetitive phone calls, follow-up emails, tracking somebody down the hall for an impromptu meeting, that is what you must do.  In the end, regardless of the reason, you are responsible to ensure that you deliver a quality product to the customer, on time, on schedule and on budget.

What is Conley’s law?

Conley’s Law

Any organization that designs a system (defined more broadly here than just information systems) will inevitably produce a design whose structure is a copy of the organization’s communication structure.

–“How Do Committees Invent?”, Melvin E. Conway, 1968

Harvard Business School

Exploring the Duality between Product and Organizational Architectures: A Test of the “Mirroring” Hypothesis

Logic – Getting to the truth

The Quote

“When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”

― Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes

The Basic Methodology

To solve a problem, the methodology, basically, goes like this:

  • Define the problem
  • Then, eliminate all the impossible causes
  • Then, focus on what remains

Quote – Make good use of time

Make good use of time, if thou lovest eternity; yesterday cannot be recalled—to-morrow cannot be secured—to-day only is thine, which, if once lost, is lost forever.

— J. S. Ogilvie

Quote – I remember you yet

When the name that I write here is dim on the page,
And the leaves of your album are yellow with age,
Still think of me kindly, and do not forget
That, wherever I am, I remember you yet.

— J. S. Ogilvie

Quote – The brave

The brave man is not he who feels no fear,
For that were stupid and irrational;
But, he whose noble soul its fear subdues.
And bravely dares the danger nature shrinks from.

— J. S. Ogilvie