IJMC Beat the Dead Horse

                      IJMC - Beat the Dead Horse

It has been a long week. And it's only Wednesday. But hey, the new 
systems are almost deployed using evaluation software (gotta get a P.O. 
and get a license...if I can get the boss to authorize the P.O...). 
Classes continue (and will for another 9-1/2 weeks). Life goes on, and 
well...but as always, I need sleep. G'night everyone.             -dave

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

     1. Buying a stronger whip.
     2. Changing riders.
     3. Saying things like "This is the way we always have ridden this
     4. Appointing a committee to study the horse.
     5. Arranging to visit other sites to see how they ride dead
     6. Increasing the standards to ride dead horses.
     7. Appointing a tiger team to revive the dead horse.
     8. Creating a training session to increase our riding ability.
     9. Comparing the state of dead horses in today's environment.
    10. Change the requirements declaring that "This horse is not
    11. Hire contractors to ride the dead horse.
    12. Harnessing several dead horses together for increased speed.
    13. Declaring that "No horse is too dead to beat."
    14. Providing additional funding to increase the horse's
    15. Do a Cost Analysis Study to see if contractors can ride it
    16. Purchase a product to make dead horses run faster.
    17. Declare the horse is "better, faster and cheaper" dead.
    18. Form a quality circle to find uses for dead horses.
    19. Revisit the performance requirements for horses.
    20. Say this horse was procured with cost as an independent
    21. Promote the dead horse to a supervisory position.

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