The March of Folly

The concept is one that should never be forgotten by a good systems analyst. Barbara Tuchman’s classic is an examination of the process of how organizations can relentlessly pursue policies that act against their own best interests. The utility analysis of best interests can be a bit subjective but the concept that Tuchman illustrates with her case studies is very useful.

If just a bit of what you read here at Broken Toys (the best summation I’ve found) is true then my guess is that the book could use a new chapter.

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