Remembering Mike Hammer

30. September 2009

Although it’s nearly one year old, as I came across it again, its worth reflecting: Tom Davenport about the death of his Reengineering-inventor-colleage Mike Hammer:

Donnerstag, 20. November 2008, 18:31:05 | Tom Davenport

You probably heard that Mike Hammer, often known as the “father of reengineering,” died unexpectedly at age 60 few weeks ago. I worked closely with Mike for seven or eight years, and together we started a successful research program on IT management called PRISM. Anyone who writes on the “next big thing” owes him a major debt, and I learned a lot from him.

What we owe Mike for most is his relentless focus on business processes and their radical improvement. The only next big thing that he was really interested in was how organizations can improve how they do their work. In Isaiah Berlin’s taxonomy, he was clearly a hedgehog–he knew one thing really well, and that thing was his lens on almost every aspect of business.

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