Dilbert is great at taking real business problems and making light of them. Sometimes, he even makes a point that businesses can learn from. In my opinion, he makes a point in this strip that should make some companies stop and think.
This really hits home with me because it’s not only true, I’ve encountered this problem many times. For instance, I’ve explained to some people how m-Power would cut their development time in half, and they cringed. Why? Because it was in their best interest to work slowly.
Who would benefit from working slowly?
Besides the example in the comic strip, here are a couple of other examples: Some employees equate busy-ness with job security. They worry that if they complete projects too fast, they might run out of things to do. Others work on a project-by-project basis, and are paid hourly. In other words…fast development=small paycheck.
If you’re a company leader wondering why projects take so long, ask yourself this question: Have we created an environment that caters to inefficiency? If so, how can you better reward productivity?