Sunday, August 03, 2008

Speed Rivals Quality...Somtimes

An interesting article reveals the race for a standard library classification system. Dewey, a protégé of Cutter, worked along side Cutter for several years. After a falling out due to Dewey's fraudulent management of funds, Dewey went on to supply Andrew Carnegie's libraries with his students. Although Cutter's system was more robust, Dewey was able to implant a "good enough" system before Cutter finished.

Dewey was able to capitalize on his speed to production and networking. The scenario is akin to businesses and organizations adopting an "always beta" strategy.

Via: The Republican

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