Finding needed data is the stuff of life here at SLG. It is the bread and butter of a think tank. You need some raw data before you can think about it and reassemble it. Thus Firefox, The Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament, The New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology, Keil and Delitzsch and PC Study Bible are our constant companions, not to mention all of our wonderful volunteers who are regularly pelted with e-mails begging for arcane bits of data about esoteric subjects.
We have also learned about the ascending cost of data. It generally costs about 2% of the total cost of a project to get the first 50% of the data needed. Easy money. Readily available.
It can often cost an additional 15% to get the next 25% of the data.
But after that, the price accelerates brutally. The last 2% of the salient data can easily consume 50% of the total price of data acquisition for a project.
We are at that place in a project that is very important to me. There are several pieces of very specific data that we need to get from different entities, and the price of time spent is going up rapidly, and the lack of that data is stopping the project.
We are running into familiar patterns:
-The mechanical monkey who takes calls from the general public does not know what he or she is talking about, because the specific granular data we need is not in their standard training manual, therefore, their propensity is to brush us off and assure us that the data is not available.
-The gurus in the organization who do have the data we need are hidden behind gatekeepers and are slow in responding to e-mails and phone calls.
Would you all be willing to put your shoulder to the wheel and give a good hard push in prayer to release to us the last bits of data we need?
I would really appreciate it. I am not really eager to endure a 36 day labor before this “baby” is born.
Copyright October 2012 by Arthur Burk
From the Hub, in Anaheim