Saturday, May 25, 2013

Alexander the Great and IT

Reading about the Battle of Gaugamela, they say that at the base of the tremendous military success of Alexander was that
- his troops were highly skilled veterans,
- with a very short command chain;
- troops were also highly motivated and were very devoted to their general,
- the general would camp and fight with the troops
- the troops had vested interest in the war, in terms of boot, land concessions etc

Compare to IT world, which is more and more flooded with cheap unskilled overworked underpaid troops, and with almost more officers than troops (the Persian army), and you will see why most IT projects fail. Alexander would have fared better.

(this mosaic you can admire at the Napoli archeological museum, one of the most amazing museums on the Planet)

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