The wikipedia definition of the path of least resistance, states, in part, “…metaphorical pathway that provides the least resistance to forward motion…” Or put another way, we do what’s easiest to get the job done.
Here are just two examples of how this manifests itself in data management:
Newton’s First Law states that an object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion. We continue to collect data we don’t need because it’s already happening (in motion) and we don’t collect data we actually want because it’s too difficult (at rest). It’s simple physics!
I’d be willing to bet you can identify many other examples of Newton’s First Law in action at your association.
So what can you do to address these issues? Here are three steps:
Remember, Newton’s First Law says that what’s at rest stays at rest and what’s in motion stays in motion. Make sure you’ve got the right things resting or moving!