The I-Bomb


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There’s been an explosion. Not a Car Bomb or a Molotov Cocktail, nothing that crude, it was much more sophisticated, it was an Infrastructure Bomb, it…

  • Shredded your systems
  • Destroyed your data
  • Pulverised your processes
  • Macerated your MI
  • Splattered your specifications
  • Brutalised your business rules

The whole lot is gone… wiped… deleted. The waste recycle bin has been emptied, no backup to be had.

But the I-Bomb didn’t result in total destruction. It was humane. It didn’t touch a hair on the heads of your employees. They came through completely unscathed with all their knowledge, contacts, experience and ideas intact.

What would you do?

How would you rebuild your business. Would you replace everything that was destroyed, putting it back exactly as it was — re-paving the cattle path? Or would you do something different?

  • What products would you offer?
  • How would you organise yourself?
  • What systems would you develop?
  • What infrastructure would you build?
  • How would you run your business if all the constraints came off?

If the I-Bomb fell perhaps it wouldn’t be such a bad thing, perhaps it would be an Ideal World Bomb.

Unfortunately there isn’t a bomb

You can never escape the investments you have made and the history you have built. You have far too much invested in it and it would cost far too much money.

Or maybe there is…

Perhaps your legacy systems are a time bomb, ticking away quietly to themselves. Will they go bang or will they just smoulder away, slowly burning everything?

Legacy systems lock in legacy strategies ~ Anon

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James Lawther
James Lawther is a middle-aged middle manager. To reach this highly elevated position he has worked for many organisations, from supermarkets to tax collectors and has had multiple roles from running a night shift to doing operational research. He gets upset by operations that don't work and mildly apoplectic about poor customer service.


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