So yesterday at work, I met with a team doing data collection for one of our myriad pointless process improvement efforts. They wanted to make their useless data collection effort easier with a web-based database attached to another web-based database designed to do data collection for a different time-wasting process improvement effort. I felt like I was talking to Dr. Frankenstein after his monster had escaped and was terrorizing the local village. Nothing worthwhile had been accomplished, the team was overwhelmed by the size of the data collection job and everyone was being eaten by this thing.
Meanwhile, of course, lots of new process improvement efforts are being started.
We're being eaten alive by our own process improvement creations.