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The Shopping Bag as Issues List (A Fable)

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Recently, e_i_pi discussed working for an organization that maintained issues list as a set of Sharepoint lists.

I wish I could say I was surprised by this, but it's all too common. An organization starts out thinking, well, we don't really need all that stuff, we can get away with writing them down on this old shopping bag, and then just throw the bag away when we've finished all the items on it. And then after a year or two they all get used to the shopping bag and it's just the way we do stuff around here, and maybe you get some junior guys who started off with the shopping bag and they're pretty good at it - they can really, um, write issues on the shopping bag, or whatever. And then you've got a whole shelf of old shopping bags, because it turns out you can't really just throw them away, and there's a guy who mostly just keeps track of that shelf, and of course he's really into that system because that's mostly what he does. And every now and then someone suggests maybe using some more modern issue-tracking software, but it'd be a lot of work to change over to this fancy new system, and really the shopping bag doesn't that THAT long, so maybe we'll upgrade to a new system when we have time - but for now, we have three shopping bags full of issues to work on, so obviously there's no time to deal with that.

And that's how you end up, years later, working for an organization that still does issues tracking on the backs of old shopping bags.

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02 February 2016 - 10:21 AM
Can I just say that this post actually made me throw away all my shopping bags and start looking for a better system :P Dang it Kiparsky you wise old sage.
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