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18 January 2009

Innovation and delivery

I've been reading a book of car reviews by Jeremy Clarkson of the BBC's Top Gear. In his review of the Mercedes Benz CL65AMG he kicks the article off with a run down of some of the technological advances that occurred during WW2. And then reminds us that The War ran for only 6 years - the duration of a typical 'challenged enterprise transformation" effort.

What is it that makes change so hard in our world? Why do stakeholders introduce so many complications? Why do products get built with so many extraneous features? What, as an industry, are we doing wrong?

Anyway, Clarkson quite liked the car.