Thursday, August 30, 2007

ZDNet: Consulting objectivity

I've been quoted extensively in Paul Murphy's blog over on ZDNet. Basically, it's a discussion of the pros & cons of an outside consultant broadcasting his personal preferences early in the consultation. (Spoiler: I think it's a bad idea.) It's extensively discussed in the Talkbacks on ZDNet, and I feel I've made my position clear. So, I really don't feel the need to rehash it here, and I refer you to Murphy's post (and my responses there).

It grew out of an earlier discussion of a hypothetical startup company, so you might want to read that first. In the responses I accuse Murphy of doing his hypothetical client a disservice by walking in with an agenda. Actually, I say I'd fire him. I really recommend reading the entire thread from which Murphy excerpts my quotes. It starts here. If nothing else, it's an example that people can, in fact, strongly disagree on the Internet without triggering Godwin's Law.


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