“If we have data, let’s look at data. If all we have are opinions, let’s go with mine.” — Jim Barksdale, former Netscape CEO
This quote interests me a lot particularly because it says that if we are going to change the status quo – if we want to change the status quo, we need more than just opinions. Everyone has an opinion, if we had to consider everyone’s opinion at a meeting, implementation would take forever or not happen at all.
But what if we had data? If we had a bunch of figures pointing to one specific fact. The decision becomes easy, doesn’t it? It’s like a really large sign flashing in red “I am the fact”. How do you miss that? And yet we do, almost every time 🙁