> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bullard, Claude L (Len) [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Friday, March 02, 2001 5:25 PM
> To: Simon St.Laurent; email@example.com
> Subject: RE: is that a fork in the road?
> So I am really missing your point. Change seems
> inevitable. Will it be ad hoc or planned?
I'm trying to think of successful examples of "planned" change. I can think of all sorts of plans that went nowhere commercially viable and were blown away by "ad hoc" innovations ... X/Open, OSI Networking, Ada, DSSSL/HyTime ... the Soviet economy. Someone please offer counter-examples to undermine the hypothesis that "planned change" mainly tidies up ad hoc innovation, then gets over-ambitious, bloats up, and ultimately rots.