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Beware the thermocline

Here's a word we learned today: Thermocline. Thermocline is the warm layer of water that sits atop a vaster depth of cooler water. This stratification in temperature, which can happen in lakes and oceans, prevents nutrients from getting to the upper layer.

In this blog posting, Bruce Webster, an IT consultant who has a bit of experience documenting why big IT systems fail, coined the phrase "thermocline of truth." The thermocline of truth is the "line drawn across the organizational chart that represents a barrier to accurate information regarding the project's progress."

"Those below this level tend to know how well the project is actually going," Webster writes. "Those above it tend to have a more optimistic (if unrealistic) view."

Posted by Joab Jackson on Jun 17, 2008 at 9:39 AM


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