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