A Commonplace

What is a commonplace?



Staring at the Sun

A lot of this book has been about trying to identify contradictions.

But of course, the hardest contradictions to identify are the ones in yourself, in your own thinking and in your own behaviour.

Here are some of the ways that I'm a hypocrite, which is to say, here are some of the contradictions in my own behaviour.

This touches on something else - which might be called "The clarity paradox."

Actually, I think there are two clarity paradoxes. That's the first, but there's also a second.

I was writing yesterday about the things that software eats. There are some things that it does eat: books, music, dating, shopping, democracy. And there are some other things that it doesn't eat, I think project management is one of them. I can't see how it will, but maybe I'm fooling myself.

Why don't I think software will eat project management? For the same reason that I think contradictions, occur. I don't think software will be eaten by project management because thinking and reality have different rules.

That's right. Thinking and reality have different rules.

So maybe this is a conclusion of a kind. Project management is about understanding, tolerating the rules of thinking and at the same time, understanding that the rule of reality cannot be defied. Gravity never takes a break. Mortality is one hundred percent. Software takes longer than you think and costs an embarrassing amount.

Project management is about noticing contradictions and understanding that when we see a contradiction, what that is telling us is that our thinking about the world is wrong and that we need to do something about it.