Lessons for IT: Learning from Others’ Mistakes

Learning from mistakes committed by other people is the foundation of observational intelligence. The concept is embedded in numerous religious texts, with examples commonly cited from the Bible (Old and new Testaments), Quran, Upanishads, Sutras and Bhagavad Gita, to name but a few. It’s also part of the core curriculum for traditional grandparenting, as in, “Just because your friends (insert moronic or self-destructive behavior), you don’t have to do it, too.”

Given that rich history, it’s unsurprising that the concept continues to resonate and offer lessons, even for those in the most modern confines of business and information technology (IT). Here are four recent examples worth considering.
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