Beating A Dead Horse – some sage advice

We’re always trying to solve the most toughest technical challenges but some challenges are just dead horses. You might as well try riding something else. A mighty philosopher in our firm imparted this sage advice to me –

Dakota tribal wisdom says that when you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount. However, in government we often try other strategies with dead horses, including the following:

1. Buying a stronger whip.

2. Changing riders.

3. Saying things like “This is the way we always have ridden this horse.”

4. Arranging to visit other sites to see how they ride dead horses.

5. Increasing the standards to ride dead horses.

6. Appointing a tiger team to revive the dead horse.

7. Creating a training session to increase our riding ability.

8. Comparing the state of dead horses in today’s environment.

9. Pass legislation declaring that “This horse is not dead.”

10. Blaming the horse’s parents.

11. Harnessing several dead horses together for increased speed.

12. Declaring that “No horse is too dead to beat.” [Classic if you ask me]

13. Providing additional funding to increase the horse’s performance.

14. Do a Cost Analysis to see if contractors can ride it cheaper.

15. Procure a commercial design dead horse.

16. Declare the horse is “better, faster and cheaper” dead.

17. Form a quality circle to find uses for dead horses.

18. Revisit the performance requirements for horses.

19. Say this horse was procured with cost as an independent variable.

20. BRAC the horse farm on which it was born.

21. Promote the dead horse to a supervisory position

via The Humor Bin – Beating A Dead Horse.

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