This Guest paper originated from a series of Emails on the ubiquitous Internet. It was prompted by differing views on the reaction of customers to new products. While the author does not profess to be a software project manager, her insights in managing her own work as projects are particularly valuable.
Copyright K. Jones© 2005.
Published here May 2005.

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On the Human Response

Ah, but humans can risk, long-term investments gambled for eventual pay-off. All the resources of earth piled on to make space flight feasible, to mine the asteroids, to terra-form Mars, to colonize orbital settlements, to create self-sustaining habitats, hydroponics, self-contained ecosystems ...

"If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss; ..."
From If, by Rudyard Kipling

If the driving force is not mere dilettantism but the longest-range survivability of the species, and if we draw back to look at the largest context, the longest view, it becomes evident that evolution itself has been an iterative process, a jitterbug of Max's pyramidal elements, an emerging efficacy of matter and energy that, dare we assume, culminates presently in human rationality.

Mr. Walker rightly faults the notion of instant omniscience and totalitarian perfection at inception. It has its parallel in the unfounded smugness of those who would equate a Jackson Pollock with a Michelangelo, or embrace a concept as absurd as "creation science".

Thank you for listening. Please forgive the long-windedness. This puzzle has many pieces. Your thoughtful comments have irresistibly stimulated this confluence of concepts. I may not have said anything original, but I do hope to have put it together in a new and different way.

Kate Jones

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