The 70-year squeeze

1951 saw the worlds first commercial business application.

J Lyons and Co. automated valuation jobs, then payroll. Then a few other companies, who didn’t have computers, wanted to borrow their machine. So J Lyons established a ‘Bureau Services’ division (which could arguably be the earliest IT consulting company).

Since then, the 3rd Industrial Revolution has been in full-flow with a very prominent theme.

The definition of standards:

  • 1956 – Software Engineering
  • 1957 – BCS
  • 1961 – TQM
  • 1963 – IEEE
  • 1969 – PMI
  • 1970 – Waterfall and Agile
  • 1978 – JAD
  • 1980 – SSADM
  • 1986 – Six Sigma
  • 1987 – ISO
  • 1988 – Spiral Model
  • 1989 – CMM
  • 1991 – RAD
  • 1992 – V-Model
  • 1996 – Prince 2, PMBOK and Scrum
  • 1997 – UML
  • 1998 – RUP
  • 2003 – Agile Alliance and IIBA
  • 2005 – BABOK

That’s our immediate past.

The 70-year squeeze of frameworks, methods, models, approaches, processes, notations, languages, and more. Relentless standards that draw lines in the organisation, best practices which work within these boundaries, and detailed procedures to follow along.

The space for creativity has been removed and how you do what you do is shaped for you, squarely.

You’re conditioned to think inside a box.

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