Past Bad Decisions Do Not Justify Bad Decisions Today SAMIT Video


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    It's a common logical progression to use old mistakes or poor decisions as the basis for making more bad decisions. This can result in a dangerous effect of not just creating a ripple effect, but it also reinforces to people in business that creating intentionally bad decisions can allow them to bypass controls that should be in their way.



  • Unfortunately, sometimes the best answer/decision today becomes a bad decision tomorrow.



  • @pmoncho said in Past Bad Decisions Do Not Justify Bad Decisions Today SAMIT Video:

    Unfortunately, sometimes the best answer/decision today becomes a bad decision tomorrow.

    Is that true? Is this the hindsight is 20/20 argument? I don't see that as the case in a lot of bad decisions I've seen made (or made myself) I knew the risks and that there was a potential better solution but decided, "f*** it let's do it anyway."



  • @coliver said in Past Bad Decisions Do Not Justify Bad Decisions Today SAMIT Video:

    @pmoncho said in Past Bad Decisions Do Not Justify Bad Decisions Today SAMIT Video:

    Unfortunately, sometimes the best answer/decision today becomes a bad decision tomorrow.

    Is that true? Is this the hindsight is 20/20 argument? I don't see that as the case in a lot of bad decisions I've seen made (or made myself) I knew the risks and that there was a potential better solution but decided, "f*** it let's do it anyway."

    I do believe so, sometimes. Many times I agree with you and the "f*** it let's do it anyway."

    Most of the bad decisions made with the F'it attitude are done by using our gut. That makes the decision more emotional than logical. Boy do I get myself in trouble with "gut" decisions. LOL



  • @pmoncho said in Past Bad Decisions Do Not Justify Bad Decisions Today SAMIT Video:

    Unfortunately, sometimes the best answer/decision today becomes a bad decision tomorrow.

    Then it clearly wasn't the best decision at the time.

    If you are evaluating a system today, and it does everything you could ever need and then some. It cost a nominal amount of money to implement compared to the competition and you go with that solution.

    That isn't a bad decision.

    In 3 years there could be a way better system that exist and costs even less and offers more. But you needed a system 3 years ago not 3 years in the future.

    You picked the best solution for the organization that was available at the time.



  • @dustinb3403 said in Past Bad Decisions Do Not Justify Bad Decisions Today SAMIT Video:

    @pmoncho said in Past Bad Decisions Do Not Justify Bad Decisions Today SAMIT Video:

    Unfortunately, sometimes the best answer/decision today becomes a bad decision tomorrow.

    Then it clearly wasn't the best decision at the time.

    If you are evaluating a system today, and it does everything you could ever need and then some. It cost a nominal amount of money to implement compared to the competition and you go with that solution.

    That isn't a bad decision.

    In 3 years there could be a way better system that exist and costs even less and offers more. But you needed a system 3 years ago not 3 years in the future.

    You picked the best solution for the organization that was available at the time.

    "At the time" is the key phrase. A boss could say, "Why didn't you look to the future and only see the present? You wasted my money because you didn't look out far enough" That then makes it a bad decision even though it could have been the best smart logical decision ever.

    I'm not saying its right, just that the boss could say it.

    I am in agreement that we do our best to make the best decision based on info we have at the time. That still opens the door to a previously best decision becoming a bad decision.



  • @pmoncho said in Past Bad Decisions Do Not Justify Bad Decisions Today SAMIT Video:

    @dustinb3403 said in Past Bad Decisions Do Not Justify Bad Decisions Today SAMIT Video:

    @pmoncho said in Past Bad Decisions Do Not Justify Bad Decisions Today SAMIT Video:

    Unfortunately, sometimes the best answer/decision today becomes a bad decision tomorrow.

    Then it clearly wasn't the best decision at the time.

    If you are evaluating a system today, and it does everything you could ever need and then some. It cost a nominal amount of money to implement compared to the competition and you go with that solution.

    That isn't a bad decision.

    In 3 years there could be a way better system that exist and costs even less and offers more. But you needed a system 3 years ago not 3 years in the future.

    You picked the best solution for the organization that was available at the time.

    "At the time" is the key phrase. A boss could say, "Why didn't you look to the future and only see the present? You wasted my money because you didn't look out far enough" That then makes it a bad decision even though it could have been the best smart logical decision ever.

    I'm not saying its right, just that the boss could say it.

    I am in agreement that we do our best to make the best decision based on info we have at the time. That still opens the door to a previously best decision becoming a bad decision.

    You'd respond with "If I could look into the future I'd go and buy a lottery ticket!"



  • @dustinb3403 said in Past Bad Decisions Do Not Justify Bad Decisions Today SAMIT Video:

    @pmoncho said in Past Bad Decisions Do Not Justify Bad Decisions Today SAMIT Video:

    @dustinb3403 said in Past Bad Decisions Do Not Justify Bad Decisions Today SAMIT Video:

    @pmoncho said in Past Bad Decisions Do Not Justify Bad Decisions Today SAMIT Video:

    Unfortunately, sometimes the best answer/decision today becomes a bad decision tomorrow.

    Then it clearly wasn't the best decision at the time.

    If you are evaluating a system today, and it does everything you could ever need and then some. It cost a nominal amount of money to implement compared to the competition and you go with that solution.

    That isn't a bad decision.

    In 3 years there could be a way better system that exist and costs even less and offers more. But you needed a system 3 years ago not 3 years in the future.

    You picked the best solution for the organization that was available at the time.

    "At the time" is the key phrase. A boss could say, "Why didn't you look to the future and only see the present? You wasted my money because you didn't look out far enough" That then makes it a bad decision even though it could have been the best smart logical decision ever.

    I'm not saying its right, just that the boss could say it.

    I am in agreement that we do our best to make the best decision based on info we have at the time. That still opens the door to a previously best decision becoming a bad decision.

    You'd respond with "If I could look into the future I'd go and buy a lottery ticket!"

    True dat! Then we wouldn't need a boss. 🙂



  • @dustinb3403 said in Past Bad Decisions Do Not Justify Bad Decisions Today SAMIT Video:

    @pmoncho said in Past Bad Decisions Do Not Justify Bad Decisions Today SAMIT Video:

    @dustinb3403 said in Past Bad Decisions Do Not Justify Bad Decisions Today SAMIT Video:

    @pmoncho said in Past Bad Decisions Do Not Justify Bad Decisions Today SAMIT Video:

    Unfortunately, sometimes the best answer/decision today becomes a bad decision tomorrow.

    Then it clearly wasn't the best decision at the time.

    If you are evaluating a system today, and it does everything you could ever need and then some. It cost a nominal amount of money to implement compared to the competition and you go with that solution.

    That isn't a bad decision.

    In 3 years there could be a way better system that exist and costs even less and offers more. But you needed a system 3 years ago not 3 years in the future.

    You picked the best solution for the organization that was available at the time.

    "At the time" is the key phrase. A boss could say, "Why didn't you look to the future and only see the present? You wasted my money because you didn't look out far enough" That then makes it a bad decision even though it could have been the best smart logical decision ever.

    I'm not saying its right, just that the boss could say it.

    I am in agreement that we do our best to make the best decision based on info we have at the time. That still opens the door to a previously best decision becoming a bad decision.

    You'd respond with "If I could look into the future I'd go and buy a lottery ticket!"

    You usually waste a lot of money by building for too far out in the future. You should ideally build for what you need now, but something that is scalable.


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    @pmoncho said in Past Bad Decisions Do Not Justify Bad Decisions Today SAMIT Video:

    Unfortunately, sometimes the best answer/decision today becomes a bad decision tomorrow.

    This is true, sort of. But it doesn't mean that the old decision was bad. This is something that plagues a lot of people in IT, I've seen, like when we talk about RAID 5. At the time, with the options at the time, RAID 5 was a good choice. Then, factors changed and today it is not a good choice. That it is not a good choice today has no effect on if it was a good choice then. But a lot of people feel badly about having made that good choice in the past because it wouldn't continue to be a good choice today - which makes no sense. That's like thinking the Romans were stupid for using paper instead of computers.


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    @pmoncho said in Past Bad Decisions Do Not Justify Bad Decisions Today SAMIT Video:

    @coliver said in Past Bad Decisions Do Not Justify Bad Decisions Today SAMIT Video:

    @pmoncho said in Past Bad Decisions Do Not Justify Bad Decisions Today SAMIT Video:

    Unfortunately, sometimes the best answer/decision today becomes a bad decision tomorrow.

    Is that true? Is this the hindsight is 20/20 argument? I don't see that as the case in a lot of bad decisions I've seen made (or made myself) I knew the risks and that there was a potential better solution but decided, "f*** it let's do it anyway."

    I do believe so, sometimes. Many times I agree with you and the "f*** it let's do it anyway."

    Most of the bad decisions made with the F'it attitude are done by using our gut. That makes the decision more emotional than logical. Boy do I get myself in trouble with "gut" decisions. LOL

    I guess in that case, it's more that it was always a bad decision and decision process, not that it was good and became bad only later.


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    @pmoncho said in Past Bad Decisions Do Not Justify Bad Decisions Today SAMIT Video:

    @dustinb3403 said in Past Bad Decisions Do Not Justify Bad Decisions Today SAMIT Video:

    @pmoncho said in Past Bad Decisions Do Not Justify Bad Decisions Today SAMIT Video:

    Unfortunately, sometimes the best answer/decision today becomes a bad decision tomorrow.

    Then it clearly wasn't the best decision at the time.

    If you are evaluating a system today, and it does everything you could ever need and then some. It cost a nominal amount of money to implement compared to the competition and you go with that solution.

    That isn't a bad decision.

    In 3 years there could be a way better system that exist and costs even less and offers more. But you needed a system 3 years ago not 3 years in the future.

    You picked the best solution for the organization that was available at the time.

    "At the time" is the key phrase. A boss could say, "Why didn't you look to the future and only see the present? You wasted my money because you didn't look out far enough" That then makes it a bad decision even though it could have been the best smart logical decision ever.

    I'm not saying its right, just that the boss could say it.

    I am in agreement that we do our best to make the best decision based on info we have at the time. That still opens the door to a previously best decision becoming a bad decision.

    That's just the boss making a different bad decision now 🙂



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