Archibald Putt


Putt's Law
14 minutes, 6.6mb, recorded 2006-04-01

According to Putt's Law "technology is dominated by two types of people: those who understand what they do not manage, and those who manage what they do not understand." Archibald Putt, the author of "Putt's Law and the Successful Technocrat" speaks with IEEE's Susan Hassler about what inspired him to start writing.

Putt, who has written using that pseudonym since 1976, has slowly seen his alter ego evolve and develop different opinions of its own. He still holds on to the concepts of Putt's Law, and the competence inversion it illustrates, however.

Hassler asks him why he published an updated edition of his book, how he sees the effect of the internet influence how people work, and what type of impact he wants to generate on the younger generation of technology workers.

This program was originally broadcast on IEEE Spectrum Radio.

Archibald Putt is the pseudonym of the author of Putt's Law and the successful technocrat, which popularized the adage known as Putt's Law. This adage was first published in Research/Development magazine in January 1976.

Susan Hassler (host) is the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Spectrum magazine.


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