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Sat 14 May 2005

Thunderbolts from Mount Olympus

Category : Commentary/wynn.txt

Let's talk about another Steve - Steve Wynn, creator of well-known casino resorts, expressing his frustration with too much micro-management by "bureaucrats" overseeing the submission of bids for the integrated resorts to be built at Marina Bayfront and Sentosa, as reported in Saturday's Business Times. He says,

"There's an awful lot of control and direction in the documents ... It's control and direction by people who've never done this before ..."

If, instead of integrated resorts you read information systems, he could be talking about "systems architects" in IT departments.

I really like the following quotes :

"Everybody will make big promises and have fancy drawings. But you can't tell from a drawing or a rendering what moves the human spirit. You have to be in it to understand it."

"It took more than three years to create shows such as the sellout O show ... The creation of such shows involves intricate choreography, music and lighting effects and is often an organic process over a period of time and perfected after audience feedback."

And my favourite :

"Don't issue thunderbolts of wisdom from the top of Mount Olympus. You're talking about the people of the world and what makes them go ..."

For fancy drawings, read design methodology ("Is it Use-Case or Waterfall or Rational Rose?) For thunderbolts of wisdom, read "We only allow Wintel or Oracle". In contrast to "organic process", read "We want complete systems documentation with flow charts and decision trees".

"... the people of the world and what makes them go ..."

Steve Wynn sounds like someone out of Ayn Rand. He could have snuggled up to the bureaucrats. But saying what he did is just what we need to push the human race forward.

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