Thursday, March 16, 2006

Via The P-G, this modern fairytale of everyday Risk Assessment folks.
On the first day, William set about finding the very finest wood with which to make the chair. He was just about to venture out into the forest when there was a knock at the door. It was the Queen again, holding a sheaf of parchment in her hand. "Oh William, you cannot begin your task until you have completed this Project Initiation Document. I know that you are a great carpenter, but imagine what might happen if your goal objective parameters were left undefined. I cannot allow such a threat to quality". And so William spent most of the first day preparing the Project Initiation Document, consulting with the village elders whenever he got to a particularly difficult part of the 18-page form. Just before sunset he finally found time to go out and collect some wood, but it was a bit scrappy and not up to his usual standards.

As eloquent an explanation as any of why over-regulation is a bad thing...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Risk assessment, if done properly, is quick and dirty. When I train it, I remind people that they carry out a risk assessment every time they cross the road - it is no more difficult than that. In effect, I'm telling them that they are paying me several hundred pounds a day to explain to them how to do the bleedin' obvious. Money for old rope.

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