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Mar 03, 2005: IA Wisdom

Greetings from the IA Summit 2005 in Montreal! Nugget from Lee Strickland's IAI pre-conference seminar talk (which is happening as I type) on Homeland Security and Information Architecture (paraphrasing here):

We always have enough money to create another stovepipe. We never have the money to do the hard work of changing the organization.

Great talk; I hope it will be put online.

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Comment: .Jim Morris (Mar 3, 2005)

I remember that insightful comment a bit differently, although the basic meaning is the same. There's always money to create a new organization, but not to do the hard IA-type work of analyzing the content, understanding requirements, etc. The 9/11 commision made several recommedations to correct intelligence failures; some related directly to IA issues. But what received most of the attention were those regarding organizational reorganization. I thought this related really well to your EIA discussion of one of the ''traditional fixes'' to fundamentally IA problems: ''let's reorganize the people''.

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