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A lot of this may seem like common sense. Like much penetrative thinking, it seems simple and obvious once put together. It is common sense, but Green has a telling phrase “common sense doesn't scale.” A ‘hero’ may be able to keep a small team focused on the business while considering the human factors, but for that to happen in a larger team, chances are you'll need some thinking tools. I think VPEC-T is such a tool.
And just one final point about that name. It's actually very useful. “VPEC-T” turns out to be a compressed mental checklist that can quickly be played back in your mind in meetings, as you write up the findings of a study or as you discuss the information system ‘to be’.
I hope this has tempted you to look into it more and maybe give it a try. The cost of doing so will be negligible. It will affect your thinking in a positive way when studying how an information system is to be changed or built from the ground up
Roy Grubb 2008 All rights reserved
(Thanks are due to Adrian Apthorp for tipping me off about VPEC-T. I understand from Nigel Green that Adrian was one of the first guinea pigs and providers of feedback during the development and verification of the ideas behind VPEC-T.)