Reinventing The Wheel?

Wayne Turk's picture

In project management, we hear that phrase in some form all of the time.

“Don't reinvent the wheel.”
“Let's not reinvent the wheel.”
“We're not reinventing the wheel here, are we?”

Those are just a few examples of things said.

It is usually spoken with a cynical, derisive, exasperated or condescending tone.

It is commonly accepted that reinventing the wheel is a bad idea, but is it?

Or maybe we should ask is it always a bad idea?

Maybe you need to do some reinvention sometimes if the wheel isn't perfect.

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