Mark Twain once said, "I never let my schooling interfere with my education."? Today, unfortunately, it seems that we are doing just that. There is no correlation between certification and education any more. Certified engineers are to be had a dime a dozen - this takes me back to the era when it was not uncommon to come across an office peon with an MA degree, when they were all the rage.
I remember reading this rather memorable quote by Steve Jobs: "Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That's because they were able to connect experiences they've had and synthesise new things.
What, truly, is a process? Is it merely a procedure? A progression? A method? I feel that it is all of these and more. In the context of the industry and the modern world, the processes most relevant to us were probably defined during the Industrial Revolution of 18th-19th century Europe.
In an age where practically any information can be accessed by anyone with access to the Internet, transparency takes on a new role and meaning entirely. What is the need for transparency? Thus far, we have discussed the negative fallout of not implementing transparency as a best practice.
Quite naturally, the first reaction that any one would have when summarily told to "be transparent" in their dealings, would be, "But why? We've gotten along just fine thus far."? Unfortunately, we are looking at a classic case of "thus far and no further". There is really no option left.