One of my mates who was a keen alpine climber used to say ‘There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad preparation’.
I think that is very true, better kit, checking the forecast, local knowledge, exit strategy all these things can ensure you can cope with virtually all weather scenarios.
Could we say the same thing for spreadsheets?
There is no such thing as a bad spreadsheet, just bad processes. (or should that be bad management?)
I think bad spreadsheets often appear to fill the gaps between what enterprise systems deliver and what users feel they need to do their job.
I totally belive some spreadsheets have a valid place in an enterprises information systems. I’m not for one second suggesting that all spreadsheets are bad, or that all should be removed or replaced. Although I know lots of people do seem locked onto that idea.
I do think some of the worst I have seen could have and should have been replaced by a more appropriate technology and management process. I also think a lot of the thinking focuses on a single symptom (bad spreadsheets) rather than the root cause (IT systems expectation gap?).
What do you think?