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There’s Always a Trade-Off

Many years ago, while working as a communications director for an association, I learned an interesting lesson from a printer. We were discussing an upcoming printing project. I was getting a late start on the project so I needed it done quickly—but I also wanted it done inexpensively and with the same quality as I …

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"There are no solutions, only trade-offs"

I first heard this from Thomas Sowell many years ago. And I’ve written about it here and here and here. But it’s so important that it bears repeating, time and time again. When it comes to data management, and especially data management software, there are no perfect solutions, only trade-offs. The software might be really good, but it’s …

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Be aware of unintended consequences

Be aware of unintended consequences I’ve written before that every decision involves a trade-off. When considering the trade-offs that every decision requires, you should also keep in mind any unintended consequences that the decision may create. Consider the following example: A client of mine recently changed AMSes. As part of that change, members have to …

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The inherent conflict between staff needs and customer needs

One of the greatest benefits of the internet revolution is that data management has been moved from staff to customer. For example, back when I started my first membership director position (20 years ago now), nothing was being processed via the association’s website. This meant that ALL membership joins and renewals had to be processed by …

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Technology philosophy #6 – Everything comes with a tradeoff

This is somewhat related to philosophy #5, in that no matter what decision you make about technology (or any other decision you make in life!),  you’re going to have to make trade-offs. In philosophy #5, I pointed out that “free” doesn’t mean “without cost.” In this case, the trade-off for free software was a cost of …

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