While draining the swamp might eventually eliminate the gators, one will simply experience terror at how many gators there actually are and the gators will simply migrate to another swamp and return when the original one is refilled.
To really get rid of gators one has to follow three steps:
- Stop reproduction
- Destroy the current residents
- Create barriers to new immigration
And there you have the simple process for eliminating virtually any problem, not limited to but including man-eating critters.
In my world, the swamp is Microsoft Windows. It’s a crufty, patchy, fragile environment full of problems that recurr and reproduce if they are not methodically and logically dealt with on a timely basis. There is no option for draining the swamp. Fiscal responsibility and the choke hold Microsoft has achienved on the world of corporate business software limits the ammount of processes that can be moved to dry land (UNIX, Linux, Mainframe, MAC).
So we follow problem and incident management techniques under the ITIL (Information Technology Information Library) structure to eliminate recurrences (reproduction) of incidents, resolve problems permanently, and create a continuous cycle of quality improvement to keep new problems and incidents from developing (barriers to immigration).
It’s not nearly as fun or exciting as gator hunting, but it is sometimes just as terrifying.