The ideal scenario of preventing problems altogether needs to be reached
In a business, just as anywhere else, problems will arise. It’s human nature to forget, to be careless and to be fatigued. What’s important is to not accept it as a matter of fact. Progress, in itself, implies overcoming one’s limitations – being more that you were a minute ago. If humans would have accepted the fact that only birds can soar through the sky and only fish can scour the depths of the ocean, we never would have even invented the wheel. So instead of accepting errors, we need to be able to look past them.
No matter how quickly it’s applied, a solution implies that an error has occurred. So if finding a solution IS the problem, how do we solve this? We invest more time and resources in to a prevention system, and less in to an “it’s-broken-quick-we-need-to-stich-this-up” system. Continue reading →
Computers, just like us, have their own boiling point. Some may be able to withstand a little more, but in the end, everything burns. Unlike with people however, the smoldering fire isn’t a metaphor and the stress isn’t a metal or emotional one. The physical stress on computers is a huge one, because we use them to dump our workload onto them. And the only breaking point a machine has is its final one. If we’re overworked, pushed to the limits, we break down, but it’s not a fall we can’t get back up from. A good, sound sleep, a lavish meal and our favorite hobby are enough to get us back on track for Monday.
But computers don’t heal. Even if they’re powered down, the minor cracks that result from an entire week, month or even year of constant work, don’t heal. It’s just the opposite. They build up. They pile up. They get bigger. A computer’s state of health, regardless of its usage, can only deteriorate. Continue reading →