The Peter Pinnacle

| August 25, 2013

Michael Swaine has been around, well, possibly even longer than I have, and has been far more prolific as an author and editor in both the programming and personal computer industries (many will remember him as an editor and author at Dr. Dobb’s Journal). Possibly inspired by recent events, he just coined the following twist on the Peter Principal (“the members of an organization where promotion is based on achievement, success, and merit will eventually be promoted beyond their level of ability”), which he termed “the Peter Pinnacle”:

…to get promoted so high and to be so unqualified for your job that the company tells you that you can name your price just to go away.

Works for me. 🙂 ..bruce..

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Category: Business, Economics, Information Technology, Main

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Webster is Principal and Founder at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at, or you can follow him on Twitter as @bfwebster.

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