"This isn't about technology; it's about management. And you need some help to plow through this mess and get to a point where you can do the fun part -- which is showering money on really sexy things that will wow Mahogany Row and drive the business forward. But now is not the time.
Some of these projects are "strategically important" but might not survive the bloodletting -- is there a way you can hide them? Some of these projects have so much management attention that you dare not kill them, but they should mercifully be put out of their misery, either because they're never going to work or the real cost is three times what anyone thought. Other projects made sense at the time but don't now. Want to take that Big Write-off now? Not such a good time, is it?"
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