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BRYCETITIZED

Posted by Tim Bryce on February 6, 2015

BRYCE ON LIFE

– When you want to divert from logic for some inexplicable reason.

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I went looking for a word in the dictionary and couldn’t seem to find what I wanted. Consequently, I invented my own, “brycetitized,” to describe a common situation we all experience from time to time, particularly in the workplace. Let me explain…

We all know there are right ways and wrong ways for doing things, such as designing a new building or bridge, producing a new model automobile, preparing a full course dinner, designing a major information system, or whatever. There are certain steps that must be followed in a precise order to achieve the desired end result. For example, when constructing a building, you must first layout the site plan before you pour the foundation, before you assemble the superstructure, before you put on the roof, etc. If the work is performed in the wrong sequence, disaster will naturally occur.

Sometimes we’re lazy and elect to cut a few corners as we know the correct process may take too long or is perceived as too laborious. This is called taking a “calculated risk” and sometimes we get lucky, but most of the time we fall flat on our faces. We know what the correct process is, but we just don’t want to follow it.

We even go so far as to invent new processes to execute the work which is perceived as a radical departure from the correct way, but only achieving mixed results at best. These new processes attract considerable attention and start a trend in the industry which others try to emulate. Even though people know what the correct process is, they elect to overlook it in favor of the new fashionable approach, which brings me to the necessity of a new word to describe this phenomenon. Consequently, I introduce you to…

“brycetitized”

bryce-ti-tize
tr.v. bryce-ti-tized, bryce-ti-tiz-ing, bryce-ti-tizes
To overlook a correct course of action to take because it is not currently in vogue.
bryce-ti-tizer n.

Example:
“Smith bryceticized the company’s methodology in favor of his own agile process which failed and cost him his job.”

You’ll have to forgive the vanity of using my name as part of it, but I have observed this situation on too many occasions in the information systems industry alone. Analysts and programmers commonly forego the important planning and design stages of a project in order to rush to programming. This is like having a group of carpenters trying to build a building without a set of blueprints. They may possess some powerful tools and techniques to do the work, but without a clear understanding of what is to be built, and the proper steps to perform the work, they will inevitably produce junk.

Just remember, it’s “Ready, aim, fire.” Any other sequence will be counterproductive.

First Published: January 10, 2010

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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3 Responses to “BRYCETITIZED”

  1. nprc2012 said

    A D.E. of Pennsylvania wrote…

    “I Love it! I started fighting against acronym sprawl in the mid 90’s IT. I lost that battle and I point to ITIL as an example. [ITIL is a watered down terminology sprawl to help non-technical people appear to understand the systems they are managing! ISO, IEEE, and ISA work just fine and are still decades ahead of ITIL version>?< I lost track at version 30]"

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  2. Tim Bryce said

    An M.D. of Massachusetts wrote…

    “I suppose you’re right, that the actions you describe happen. My question is… Why?

    Why would someone attempt to do things differently without knowing if it works?

    There are pioneers in new ways of doing things, and I’m not talking about them. They understand they’re taking risks, and they are deliberately doing so, in pursuit of reward.

    On the other hand, there are time tested means of decision making and planning… Why would someone attempt to change them and take risks not relevant to their ultimate goal?

    For instance, why would a tire store seek to build, from scratch, their own IT systems, and write their own software for financial and inventory management? Innovation is best done finding new ways to make your tire store be a better tire store, not risking its future on being a producer of software.

    I have one thought, and that is that too many people fail to set and remain focused on a clear goal or goal set, and get diverted along the way by irrelevant things. “

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