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2011/12/21

shut it down

John D. Cook is reading “Inside Drucker’s Brain” and quoting stuff from it. I am reading the book of five questions, and it is my turn to quote Peter Drucker:

“Other people can do those activities and do them well. Maybe a few years ago it was a good idea for you to help get this farmers’ market started because those Vietnamese farmers in your area needed a place to sell their produce; but it’s going well now, and you don’t have to run it anymore. It’s time for organized abandonment”.

As system administrators we manage organized complexity. When systems outlive their scope, organized abandonment is the way to go. Unmaintained legacy systems is what we get for not planning so.

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